“She’s bothering people,” said Ms. Meehan, a retired telephone company worker from Norwalk. “There are about 10 to 12 ads in an hour. If you’re watching a show, it’s too much.”
Liz Costas, 51, owner of Katie’s Gourmet in downtown Stamford, is also tired of the relentlessness of Ms. McMahon’s campaign.
“She’s got a billboard the size of my car right outside my house,” Ms. Costas said.
With Election Day about three weeks away, Ms. McMahon, the Republican nominee for Connecticut’s open Senate seat and a former World Wrestling Entertainment executive, faces this major obstacle in her quest for the seat: Many female voters are turned off by her campaign.
A CNN/Time poll last week showed the Democratic nominee, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, with a nearly two-to-one advantage among female voters, and Ms. McMahon’s campaign is struggling to find ways to connect with women.
Interviews with nearly three dozen women around the state reveal that many are troubled by what they see as the harshness of the attacks Ms. McMahon has leveled at Mr. Blumenthal, the wall-to-wall advertising she is underwriting with tens of millions of dollars, and her role in the wrestling industry, with its cartoonish and demeaning depictions of women.
Stacey Smith, 32, a manager at a nonprofit organization in Stamford, said she found it hard to take Ms. McMahon seriously after viewing a widely circulated video of her performing in a raucous W.W.E. skit.
“How can you claim to be a political figure when you are on stage wrestling with your own daughter?” Ms. Smith said.
“She turns me off,” she added. “I think she is totally buying the seat.”
The CNN/Time poll showed that Mr. Blumenthal owes his lead in the race to his support among women. While the race is tied among male voters, women favor him 61 percent to 34 percent. Over all, among likely voters, Mr. Blumenthal is backed by 54 percent, and Ms. McMahon is supported by 41 percent.
Men often praise Ms. McMahon’s business acumen and some show up at her campaign events, eager to talk to her about wrestling and to be photographed with her.
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As a female Nutmegger all I have to say is this: "No, Linda McMahon, we are NOT BFFs so stop sending me things, calling me and appearing on my TV."