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Shays Takes Lead in re-election race

Shays Takes Lead in re-election race

Shays leads Democratic challenger Jim Himes, 52 percent to 31 percent, the poll found. Congressman Chris Shays of Connecticut served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Fiji in the 1960's.

Shays Takes Lead in re-election race

Poll: Shays, Courtney lead races
By Ted Mann Published on 9/26/2008
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Poll: Shays, Courtney lead races 9/26/2008

A new poll commissioned by Connecticut's real estate agents holds good news for two incumbent congressman: Republican Chris Shays and Democrat Joe Courtney.

In a new survey commissioned by the Connecticut Association of Realtors, the first scientific poll to measure the 2nd District race this election cycle, Courtney holds a commanding lead over Republican challenger Sean Sullivan.

A total of 53 percent of 2nd District voters said they would support Courtney, compared to 20 percent for Sullivan. The incumbent is leading overwhelmingly among Democrats, but also among Republicans (40 percent to 32 percent) and unaffiliated voters (49 percent to 23 percent).

Shays leads Democratic challenger Jim Himes, 52 percent to 31 percent, the poll found.

The same survey found continued confidence in the Connecticut housing market, with 65 percent of respondents agreeing that it is “a good time to invest in a home.”

The poll also found voters split on whether the federal government should intervene to help homeowners avoid foreclosure, with 53 percent in favor of federal intervention, and 42 percent against.

In another poll released Thursday, Gov. M. Jodi Rell continued to enjoy strong support, but Sens. Chris Dodd and Joe Lieberman took a bruising.

Both veterans have high disapproval ratings from Connecticut voters, according to the new survey by Pulsar Research and Consulting. Lieberman, whose support for President Bush's Iraq policies and Sen. John McCain's presidential bid have put him on the outs with his Democratic colleagues, is viewed negatively by 54 percent of voters, the new poll found. Only 37 percent approved of his job performance.

”Independent voters put Joe back into office two years ago after his Democratic primary defeat,” said Chris Barnes, director of the Pulsar poll. “But it appears that his backing of McCain has gone too far for many here in Connecticut.”

Dodd fared slightly better, but not much. The five-term senator's approval rating is just 43 percent, the poll found, with 46 percent disapproving of his job performance.

The Realtors' survey, conducted by J.Dineen & Associates, measured the views of 1,300 Connecticut voters, including 374 in the 2nd Congressional District. At the district level, the margin of error was +/- 5 percentage points. The Pulsar survey measured the views of 500 registered voters and a subsample of “likely voters,” with a margin of error of +/- 4.4 percentage points.

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