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Poll: Republican Challenger Tom Foley Bests Conn. Gov. Dan Malloy

Foley Also Ran For Governor In 2010
Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (file / credit: Governor's Office)

Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (file / credit: Governor’s Office)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) - A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy with lackluster numbers.

Republican Tom Foley, a former Ambassador to Ireland, who ran against Malloy in the governor’s race three years ago, now has a slight edge over the incumbent.

Foley had 43 percent to Malloy’s 40 percent in the poll.

Poll Director Doug Schwartz told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau that only 44 percent of those questioned said Malloy deserves to be reelected, while 46 said he doesn’t deserve it.

“It’s not a terrible number, but it’s not a number that’s going to make an incumbent feel comfortable for reelection either,” Schwartz said.

LINK: More Poll Results

Malloy scored 47 percent on his handling of gun policy in Connecticut.

Thirty-two percent said the new laws were about right, while 35 percent said they went too far, and 27 percent said they didn’t go far enough.

He scored better, 55 percent, for his handling of the state budget.

Voters also made it clear that they do not approve of legalizing Keno gambling, which was included in the state budget without benefit of public hearing.

Foley has indicated he will run again for governor in November 2014, though an official campaign has not begun. Last time, Foley lost by less than one percent.

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