A new survey from Quinnipiac University released Friday (May 1-6; 1,668 RVs; +/- 2.4%) has Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) tied with 2010 nominee Tom Foley (R) 43-43%. The results mirror those of the group's March survey, which had the candidates tied at 42% each. In the Republican primary Foley leads with 39% followed by Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton (R) at 9% and state Senate Minority Leader John McKinney (R) at 8%. All others trail. The primary is not until August 12. (release)
Quinnipiac reported in the same survey, that "[i]n an open-ended question"¦18 percent of those who disapprove of the job Malloy is doing cite taxes as the main reason, while another 18 percent list the state budget or finances as 13 percent cite the economy or jobs."
"[A]s the Democrat turns to his campaign following the conclusion Wednesday of the state legislative session, political observers say Mr. Malloy's bid has been dealt a complication by news that the surplus had shrunk to $43 million" from a previous estimate of $505 million, underscoring why budget and fiscal issues could be Malloy's greatest weakness in this year's contest. (Wall Street Journal)