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Conn. Gov. Rowland’s Lead Shrinks

July 31, 2002

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Republican Gov. John G. Rowland’s lead over Democratic challenger Bill Curry has shrunk, according to a poll released Wednesday.

The Quinnipiac University poll showed Rowland with 51 percent to 34 percent for the former state comptroller. A Quinnipiac poll in May had Rowland leading 55 percent to 27 percent.

``Clearly, the more people examine Gov. Rowland’s record, the less likely they are to support him,″ Curry said. ``The better they get to know me _ what I stand for, my vision for governor _ the more likely they are to support me.″

Still, 60 percent of those surveyed said they did not know enough about Curry to form an opinion.

Rowland spokeswoman Nuala Forde said the governor’s campaign is pleased with the numbers.

``I don’t think having a 17-point lead in the polls is a problem. If it is, it’s a pretty good problem to have,″ Forde said.

The telephone poll of 1,092 registered voters was conducted between July 23 and July 30 and had a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

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