Here's the latest poll on the primary race for Senate (Public Policy Polling)
The Democratic contest is closer but Chris Murphy is still a clear favorite there, leading Susan Bysiewicz by 17 points at 49-32. That's up from a 6 point lead when PPP last looked at the contest in September and found Murphy ahead 39-33. Murphy is leading with voters in every ideological group we track across the Democratic spectrum, is up with both men and women (44-34), and is particularly strong with younger voters (52-25).
Murphy will start out as the favorite in his likely general election contest with McMahon. He leads her 50-42, almost identical to his 50-43 advantage over her on our last poll ten months ago. While McMahon is popular with the GOP base, she does not have good numbers with the overall electorate. 42% of voters rate her favorably to 48% with an unfavorable opinion. Murphy is not as well known yet but generally seen positively by the voters who are familiar with him. 38% rate him positively while 31% have a negative opinion.
...this is my favorite part of their write-up.
One thing interesting about the numbers on this race is that McMahon actually leads Murphy 53-36 with independent voters. Her problem is that she's getting only 74% of the Republican vote, with 19% of GOP voters crossing over to support Murphy. We see very few races anywhere these days where a Democrat's getting 19% of the Republican vote and it's an indication that McMahon is simply unacceptable to some voters within the party. By comparison Murphy's at 82% of the Democratic vote.
Here's the breakdown...