PPP's newest poll of the Connecticut Senate race finds Democrat Chris Murphy expanding his lead to 6 points over Republican foe Linda McMahon, 48-42. Last month he led 48-44. [...]McMahon's millions spent on hammering Murphy, who didn't have a statewide profile before the campaign, have kept his favorability rating low; only "36% of voters say they have a favorable opinion of him to 44% with a negative one." But McMahon just being who she is, despite the other millions she's spent trying to burnish her image, means that she's even more unpopular. Forty-nine percent of voters don't like her. And 51 percent don't like the WWE.
The key question we asked on this poll was probably whether people wanted Democrats or Republicans in control of the Senate, and by a 50/38 margin folks say they want the Democrats in charge. That reality should help Murphy along as well.
McMahon actually leads the race with independents, 51-38. Her problem is that 20% of Republicans are supporting Murphy over her, similar to what we found her losing to Richard Blumenthal in 2010. You simply can't win as a Republican in Connecticut without holding your party base in line to a greater extent than that, but many GOP voters continue to find her unacceptable.
There's a huge gender gap on the race with Murphy leading 54-35 with women, while McMahon has a 49-41 advantage with men.
Let's help Chris Murphy put this one away.