Polls: 2014 governor’s race a dead heat; big support for minimum wage hike

By Christine Stuart

HARTFORD, Conn. – The 2014 race for governor is in a dead heat. Republican Tom Foley is tied in a hypothetical match up with Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, according to the a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Malloy has not yet announced that he will seek another term, but he has signaled that he will be announcing in May sometime after the end of the legislative session.

The poll found first-term governor still struggles with his approval ratings. He gets a 48 percent, while 45 percent disapprove and voters are divided about whether he should even seek re-election. Malloy’s approval rating hasn’t broken through the 50 percent mark in any poll, but the 48 percent is a high-water mark for him.

Another Quinnipiac University poll found 71 percent of the 1,878 voters surveyed support another increase in the state’s minimum wage.

The measure receives support from both parties, but Democrats overwhelmingly support the measure 93-6 percent and unaffiliated voters support it 73-23 percent. Republicans oppose it 53-41 percent. Women, who make the minimum wage in larger numbers than men, support it 78-18 percent, and men support it 64-32 percent.

For the CT News Junkie gubernatorial poll story, click here.

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6 responses to “Polls: 2014 governor’s race a dead heat; big support for minimum wage hike”

  1. TLaw

    I can’t help but wonder what Governor Malloy’s reaction is to this article:


    Along with all of our other paper tiger politicians who also signed along under extreme pressure to deprive law abiding citizens of their 2nd Amendment rights? And a Judge would so callously let a repeat violent offender walk out on a 80% reduced bond. Will they call the Judge out on this?

    Daniel Malloy, but all accounts, should be a one and done Governor.

  2. the donut hole

    Minimum wages could be raised by Malloy tomorrow or for that matter could have been done any time in the last three years if he really cared. With nothing else to run on except a record of failure, this is all he has. How is he going to blame Republican opponents for his failure to raise this in 3.5 years?

  3. Joe Espo

    I say we enact a statute that all journalists are paid a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour. So …Mark… ‘fess up with Nancy!!!

    1. Mark Chapman

      @Joe Espo

      That would be a vast improvement for us, sad to say. Also, sad to say, there are many media outlets paying journalists about that right now while demanding a four-year degree, prior experience and fluency in social media as well as multiple computer programs. Try living on that wage while paying off college loans.

      In the early 1980’s I worked as sports editor for a weekly group on Cape Cod owned by John Hughes, former Christian Science Monitor editor who left the weeklies for a while to become a state department spokesman in the Reagan administration. While I was compensated well, based on my output and skill set, he was paying reporters $150 a week. Across the street, a pizza place was advertising for counter help at $8 an hour ($320 for a 40-hour week). Mr. Hughes eventually sold the 5-paper group to a larger group that continued his financial policies. That group was eventually investigated for violating Massachusetts labor laws and forced to pay thousands in back wages to reporters who had been routinely denied OT pay, not unlike a local online group.

  4. Joe Espo

    That’s why Catholic-Nun-trained grammarians were smart and became high-powered flacks. Clients were always willing to pay big buckaroos for a well placed piece in the Wall Street Journal.

    1. Mark Chapman

      @ Joe Espo


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