Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton is leading the five-way GOP primary for governor with just three weeks to go, according to a single question online poll conducted by Tremont Public Advisors, a Hartford and Washington DC lobbying and consulting firm.
The poll was conducted over three days, and respondents self-identified whether they were Republicans.
Only registered Republicans are permitted to participate in the August 14 primary.
Scott McLean, who teaches political science at Quinnipiac University, said of the poll, “Take it with more than a grain of salt.”
His reasoning is that it was conducted solely online, and respondents provided very little information about themselves.
“You don’t know if it’s really representative of the people who are actually going to go out and vote on August 14th on the Republican primary,” McLean said. “It’s very difficult to know if that’s really a representative sample.”
Bought carried a double-digit lead over Bob Stefanowski, David Stemerman, Tim Herbst, and Steve Obsitnik. Stefanowski received 20 percent, while Stemerman received 14.6 percent.
Boughton won the endorsement of state Republicans in May.