New WFSB/CT Insider poll shows Stefanowski trailing Lamont
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Republican candidate for governor Bob Stefanowski trails incumbent Gov. Ned Lamont in a poll from Channel 3 and CT Insider.
The poll was also commissioned with the help of Western New England University. Its results were released Tuesday morning.
Eyewitness News asked likely voters “who would you elect for governor in the upcoming race?”
Fifty-five percent of people responded with Lamont, compared with 40 percent for Stefanowski.
The poll showed that the candidates were essentially dead-locked with male voters at 47 percent.
However, the poll showed that Stefanowski has been struggling to convince female voters.
A whopping 62 percent of women told Channel 3 that they would elect Lamont compared to the 32 percent who were in favor of Stefanowski.
Eyewitness News spoke with Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University Polling Institute, about the results.
Vercelotti stressed the fact that November was still weeks away, but Stefanowski needed to turn things around.
“Six weeks or so in politics, it’s an absolute lifetime,” Vercellotti said. “This is the state of the race right now.”
The poll was compiled between Sept. 15 and 21 and there is a 5 percent margin of error.
The poll also gives more details about who is more favorable. More likely voters approve of Lamont than disapprove: 51 to 36-percent. For Stefanowski, his unfavorable rating is higher than his favorable: 31 to 36-percent.
Eyewitness News got the candidates’ reactions to this latest poll.
“I don’t pay attention to these polls. We have our own poll which shows us within the margin of error. Quinnipiac had us losing by 15 points last time, we came within the 40,000 votes,” said Stefanowski.
“The poll reflects the fact that people feel we are making progress in this state. We were in a pretty tough place four years ago, four years later our fiscal house is in better position, we’ve gotten a lot of jobs,” said Lamont.
Look for more coverage of the poll results on CTInsider.com and watch Eyewitness News at 6 p.m. Tuesday night. Chief political reporter Susan Raff will dig into the numbers and get the local reaction.
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