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Q-Poll: State’s Lagging Economy Gives Foley Edge in 2014 Race for Government.

Republican Tom Foley leads Malloy 43-40 in a rematch of their close 2010 race, a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday finds. Connecticut’s Democratic registration advantage provides a counterweight to voters unhappy with Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s handling of economic issues, keeping the race competitive even independent voters favor Foley by a wide margin. The survey of 1,154 registered voters has a margin of error of 2.9%

Malloy faces significant discontent over his handling of the state’s contracting economy and ballooning budget. Voters, the poll finds. Voters are most unhappy over the large tax increase Malloy proposed in 2011.

Though he lost to Malloy by only several thousand votes, Foley’s image has faded among the state’s voters. The poll finds 46% of those polled have not heard enough about him.

Foley has the support of 36% of Republicans in the contest for the party’s gubernatorial nomination. State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney follows with 11%, which Danbury’s Mark Boughton snags 8%, three years after he was the party’s nominee for lieutenant governor. House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero trails at 4%.

The poll is peppered with ominous numbers for Malloy. Fifty-eight (58%) of the voters surveyed are dissatisfied with the state’s economy. Voters split at 47% on whether Malloy “cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not.” That’s unusual for a Democrat in a decisively Democratic state., and may be more evidence that Malloy’s taste for corporate welfare is alienating voters.