Connecticut voters find little to like about either major party candidate for U.S. President according to a new opinion poll.
The June 7 Quinnipiac University Poll shows Democrat Hillary Clinton leading Republican Donald Trump 45% to 38% among the state's voters.
When third-party candidates were considered, Clinton registered 41%, with 36% for Trump, 6% for Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, and 3% for the Green Party's Jill Stein.
However, 55% of Connecticut voters told the Q-Poll they have an unfavorable opinion of Clinton while 61% said their opinion of Trump was unfavorable.
"While Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump, her single digit lead is smaller than might be expected from true-blue Connecticut, and her negative favorability rating is almost as bad as his," said poll director Doug Schwartz.
"Maybe Connecticut will matter again in the general election, just as it did in the primaries. Trump won the primary overwhelmingly. Could he win here again in November?
"Unlikely, but there already have been so many surprises, who knows?"
Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, who ran against Clinton in the Democratic primary, led Trump 54% to 35% in the poll.
Connecticut voters believe Clinton is prepared for the job as president (61% to 37%), while 69% said Trump is not prepared.
More than half (55%) said Trump will bring about "real change in the way things are done in Washington" as president.
It's pretty amazing that Trump is within single digits of Clinton.
Almost two-thirds (60%) of voters believe Clinton has the right personality and temperament to be president, while 68% said Trump does not.
"It's pretty amazing that Trump is within single digits of Clinton, given how poorly he scores on having the temperament and being prepared for the presidency," Schwartz said.
"What Trump has going for him is the desire for change, and the weakness of Hillary Clinton."
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Sixty percent of voters approve of the way Blumenthal is handling his job as senator, with 59% saying they have a favorable opinion of him.
For Carter, a three-term member of the state House from Bethel, 84% said they haven't heard enough about him to form an opinion.