In the Quinnipiac poll released earlier today, the numbers seem to indicate that Sec. of State Susan Bysiewicz is in a statistical tie with Ned Lamont for the Democratic nomination for governor. Bysiewicz has 26% and Lamont 23%, which falls within the margin of error. Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy trails with 9%. And the only declared candidate in the race (the others are still in their exploratory phase) Jim Amann is down at 3%.
Of course, this poll was conducted last week, before news of the subpoena regarding Gov. Rell's "Poll-gate" was revealed, and more importantly, before the Governor announced her intention to retire when her term expires rather than run for re-election.
This is the sort of thing that pisses off pollsters like Doug Schwartz, head of the Q-Poll, because it pretty much skews the poll results immediately. What people thought before the news can easily have shifted considerably, and many of the questions regarding Rell are rendered completely moot.
I sometimes wonder what it must be like to be one of those people who sits in a cubicle and dials up people to ask the exact same political questions all day long. Especially when news like this hits.It HAS to be frustrating! I mean, the poor schlubs who made 1,236 phone calls last week asking people "will you vote for Jodi Rell next year?" must be seriously reappraising their career choices right about now!
I wouldn't be surprised if Monster.com is receiving dozens of resumes from local job-seekers who have "great phone skills" and "telemarketing experience"!
Who would blame them?