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Poll: Sen. Dodd Trails Foe by 10 Points

Saturday, 12 Sep 2009 12:46 PM

Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., has fallen behind his Republican challenger by 10 points, according to a new poll.

In the latest Rasmusssen Reports survey, Dodd drew the support of 39 percent of respondents, while former GOP Rep. Rob Simmons attracted 49 percent. Six percent said they weren't sure who they'd vote for in next year's election, while 5 percent said they'd prefer another candidate.

While Simmons is Dodd's main Republican challenger, other Republicans interested in his Senate seat include state Sen. Sam Caligiuri, former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Tom Foley, and Euro Pacific Capital president Peter Schiff. All three are essentially even with Dodd when matched up against him.

Other results of the Rasmussen poll:

  • 4 percent of Connecticut voters rate the economy as good or excellent/

  • 46 percent say the economy is in poor shape.

  • 36 percent say the economy is getting better.

  • 39 percent say the economy is getting worse.

  • 47 percent fear that the government will do too much in responding the economic problems.

  • 44 percent fear that the government will do too little.

  • 52 percent favor the healthcare plan proposed by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats.

  • 46 percent are opposed.

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