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NEW POLL HAS LIEBERMAN OVER LAMONT, 53-41

From the news release announcing the latest Quinnipiac poll:

Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman, running as an independent, gets 53 percent of likely voters, with 41 percent for Democratic primary winner Ned Lamont and 4 percent for Republican Alan Schlesinger, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Among registered voters, Sen. Lieberman gets 49 percent, followed by Lamont with 38 percent and Schlesinger with 4 percent. This compares to a 51 – 27 percent Lieberman lead over Lamont, with 9 percent for Schlesinger in a July 20 poll by the independent Quinnipiac.

In this latest survey, Lieberman leads 75 – 13 – 10 percent among likely Republican voters, and 58 – 36 – 3 percent among likely independent voters, while likely Democratic voters back Lamont 63 – 35 percent. Two percent are undecided, but 28 percent of those who name a candidate might change their mind before Election Day.

“Sen. Lieberman’s support among Republicans is nothing short of amazing. It more than offsets what he has lost among Democrats. As long as Lieberman maintains this kind of support among Republicans, while holding onto a significant number of Democratic votes, the veteran Senator will be hard to beat,” said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D.

“Ned Lamont’s Democratic primary win was based on a very small percentage of voters statewide. He must expand beyond this base if he is going to beat Lieberman.”

Connecticut voters approve 55 – 40 percent of the job Lieberman is doing and likely voters give him a 46 – 30 percent favorability rating, with 23 percent mixed.

Lamont gets a negative 25 – 30 percent favorability rating among likely voters, with 19 percent mixed and 26 percent who haven’t heard enough to form an opinion.

Likely voters say 53 – 40 percent that Lieberman deserves reelection. Among those who oppose his reelection, 24 percent cite his position on the war in Iraq.

Byron York is a former White House correspondent for National Review.

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