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CT Sen Poll: With Dodd Out, Blumenthal A Strong Favorite

Credit Public Policy Polling (D) with having these numbers ready: their new survey (522 RVs, 1/4-5, MoE +/- 4.3%) shows that Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D) starts with a strong lead over potential GOP foes in the Senate race. These numbers affirm the sentiment that Sen. Chris Dodd's (D) decision "to step aside and let someone else step up," as he said a short time ago in Connecticut, was the best one political for Democrats

General Election Matchup
Blumenthal 60 -- McMahon 28 -- Und 12
Blumenthal 63 -- Schiff 23 -- Und 14
Blumenthal 59 -- Simmons 28 -- Und

By comparison, PPP found Dodd tied with McMahon (43-43), ahead of Schiff (44-37), but trailing Simmons (40-44). PPP, on the difference Blumenthal makes:

Blumenthal is unusually popular, especially in hyper partisan times when voters like few politicians. 59% have a favorable opinion of him to just 19% who see him negatively. It's no surprise that he's liked by 71% of Democrats and 60% of independents, but even Republicans view him favorably by a 37/35 margin. It doesn't take a lot of hands to count the number of Democratic politicians with positive numbers among GOP voters these days.

Job Approval Ratings
Pres. Obama 54 / 38
Dodd 29 / 57

Favorable Ratings
Blumenthal 59 / 19
McMahon 26 / 29
Schiff 9 / 13
Simmons 27 / 24