Poll shows Blumenthal still leads in Conn. Senate

Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Richard Blumenthal gives the thumbs up to an audience during a rally at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Conn., Saturday, Oct. 31, 2010. The Connecticut Attorney General Blumenthal is battling former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon for the senate seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. Chris Dodd.  (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
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Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Richard Blumenthal gives the thumbs up to an audience during a rally at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Conn., Saturday, Oct. 31, 2010. The Connecticut Attorney General Blumenthal is battling former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon for the senate seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. Chris Dodd.

A new poll shows Democrat Richard Blumenthal still leading Republican Linda McMahon in Connecticut's Senate race, but the gap appears to be closing.

The Quinnipiac (KWIHN'-uh-pee-ak) University survey released Monday shows Blumenthal leading 53 percent to 44 percent among likely voters.

That's compared to last week's survey, which showed Blumenthal leading 54 to 42 percent.

Poll Director Doug Schwartz says independent voters have been very volatile and are shifting back to supporting the Republican candidates for both Senate and governor.

Both major party candidates are vying to fill the job now held by U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd, who is retiring.

The survey of 930 likely voters has a margin of sampling error of 3.2 percentage points.