Blumenthal more popular in wake of media storm

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's favorability rating has actually increased over past surveys despite the recent controversy over his service in the Marine Corps Reserves during the Vietnam War. 

Blumenthal was viewed very favorably by 42 percent of 500 Connecticut voters Rasmussen Reports surveyed on June 1.  That's an increase of 7 points from a survey that was conducted two weeks before the New York Times story broke.

The Times piece reported Blumenthal misstated his service during the Vietnam War. After the story came out, Blumenthal went on an apology tour and said his "misspoke" about his military record.

He remains a strong Senate candidate.

In the new survey, Blumenthal had support from 56 percent of respondents in a match-up with former WWE CEO Linda McMahon (R) who pulled in 33 percent. Only 7 percent said they were undecided.

In a potential meeting with investment banker Peter Schiff, who is gathering signatures to run against McMahon for the GOP nod, Blumenthal dropped to 55 percent while Schiff garnered a surprising 32 percent support, and 9 percent said they were undecided.

Blumenthal started airing his first three TV ads of the Senate race on June 1.