U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., left, gestures as he answers a question as Republican Linda McMahon looks on during a candidate's debate for an open U.S. Senate seat at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
A Siena Research Institute poll released on Wednesday morning shows a neck-and-neck U.S. Senate race with U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy holding a slight lead over former WWE executive Linda McMahon.
Forty six percent of people said they would vote for Murphy if the election were now, while 44 percent said they would vote for McMahon.
The poll also shows likely voters choosing President Barack Obama, 53 percent, over former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney, 38 percent.
“At this point, Connecticut’s electoral votes appear solidly blue as the President has opened up a 15-point lead with a commanding margin among Democrats and a five-point bulge among independents. The identity of Connecticut’s next junior senator is far too close to call. Right now, Murphy leads among Democrats but with one in five D’s crossing party lines and independents favoring McMahon by five points, Murphy’s two point lead is razor thin,” Don Levy, director of the institute said in a statement.
While Murphy is ahead with likely votes, both candidates are viewed unfavorably.
McMahon has a 41 to 49 percent favor-ability rating while Murphy’s is 36 to 45.
The poll, initiated by Siena, was conducted by telephone to 552 likely voters between Oct. 4 and 14.