September 24th, 2009
02:42 PM ET
5 years ago

Poll: Only 3 in 10 say re-elect Massachusetts governor

A new poll out Wednesday has bad news for Gov. Patrick.
A new poll out Wednesday has bad news for Gov. Patrick.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A new poll suggests that that just three in 10 Massachusetts voters think Gov. Deval Patrick deserves to be re-elected next year, but dissatisfaction with Patrick as governor does not translate into support for a Republican replacement in next year's general election.

Twenty-nine percent of people questioned in a WHDH-TV/Suffolk University survey released Wednesday said Patrick should be re-elected to a second term in 2010, while 56 percent said it's time to elect someone else as Massachusetts governor. Fifteen percent are undecided.

The poll's release came one day before Patrick announced that Paul Kirk would serve as a temporary replacement for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

The survey indicated that Democrats are split over whether Patrick deserves to be re-elected. Three out of four Republicans and six out of 10 Independents say it's time to elect someone else.

According to the poll, 42 percent approved of how Patrick's handling his duties as governor, and 49 percent said they disapprove of how he's doing his job.

But a majority of those questioned, 54 percent, said Massachusetts would not be better off with a Republican as governor, while 35 percent disagreed. And the survey indicated that Patrick leads possible challengers in hypothetical election match ups.

The WHDH-TV/Suffolk University poll was conducted September 12-15, with 500 registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

Updated: 4:52 p.m.


Filed under: Deval Patrick • Massachusetts • Ted Kennedy
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. single mom

    The election next year is going to be fascinating.

    September 24, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. kim

    Is he going to be asked to step aside? let's see

    September 24, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. karen

    Does anyone have the facts that the white house asked this guy not to run....CNN ran this story and the next day the white house denied asking the governor to back out, yet CNN still insists on running the story.

    WHAT IS THE TRUTH, PLEASE SOMEONE, ANYONE!!.

    September 24, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. victim of republican greed

    Those majority of those polled felt that MA would not be better off with a republican governor. Maybe they remember the Mitt-wit.

    September 24, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. Kevin in Ohio

    Wake up Massachusetts. Democrats and liberals are not the answer. They want to keep you down so you keep voting for them.

    September 24, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. rr

    Maybe he should declare an "emergency" and appoint himself to be automatically re-elected.

    Or the democrat monolith in the legislature can change the law to insure either Patrick is re-elected or a democrat follows him.

    September 24, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. Eyes Wide Open

    Sadly, when you are a one-party state and most of the people that live there are partisan liberals and the only papers that are printed in the state are partisan and one-sided and the tv stations that produce news tend to be one-sided you won't get a populace that is open to a different view.
    Liberals are all about "openess", "diversity" and such but when it comes to poltical thought they are a close-minded bunch that loves to question the motives and lives of those they oppose but rarely will question the motives or policies of those who say what they want to hear.
    So it's not surprising that only 29% of those polled want Patrick to stay on, but still won't elect a Republican who could do better.
    The new wave is going to be independents. Anyone who is a conservative and wants to get elected in New England is going to have to run as an independent.

    September 24, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  8. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Time for Obama to tell him to step aside like he did in NY.

    September 24, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. Jimmy

    Uh Oh, Obama will be over there telling him not to run.

    September 24, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  10. Chris - MN

    Is it pointless poll day? First off the statistics in this poll show that the governor would win against all proposed candidates. Secondly, the opposing candidate isn't even known. Who wastes their time on this stuff? Is this intended only to feed the delusion held by so many that we are all up in arms and screaming for blood?

    September 24, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. lary devoto

    he deserve to be reelect

    September 24, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. lary devoto

    he is pragmatical

    September 24, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. jfs Memhis, Tn

    The election is a LONG way off by todays standards. A lot can happen day to day not to mention what can happen a whole year from now. Fact is, that , no matter how much the media tries to influence the average American Voter into making a non race a race.......the GOP has a LONG way to go to convince Moderate and truely Independent Voters that there is a home for us within the GOP. Unfortunately the candidate that the GOP has, somewhat fitting that formula, is a FORMER Mass. GOP Govenor...Romney. We all know how poular he is with the GOP . Really can't see a Huckabee type candidate winning anything in Mass.

    September 24, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. stevie in vt

    change? in mass.????

    ha, its all about the power baby....its all about the power

    September 24, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. 2010 is going to be a bloodbath

    Sorry a poll of 500 people means bleep, like the liberals nationally and on Channel 7 here that polled only Cambridge nitwits, WE GOT SOMETHING FOR YOU REAL SOON.

    I went to the townhalls in Mass and with the exception being SEIU shirts and ACORN, the Democarts had NO REGULAR people there, NONE and it doen't stop there.

    Churches, American legions. VFW's (I belong to both as a Veteran unlike Deval and Barry) etc, etc are swarming with regular folks who are sick of this BS here in Mass and in Washington.

    You coward liberals HAVE NO IDEA, just keep dismissing us, we WILL be dismissing your heroes REAL SOON.

    September 24, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. Joe C

    As a MA resident I never thought I could possibly be more disappointed and even embarrassed by a state that has been “USED” and “ABUSED” by an overwhelming democratic controlled society. If ever the country wondered WHY Massachusetts in one of the only STATES TO lose POPULATION, why the Majority of the residents are disgusted with the democratic leadership all you have to do and witness what has just happened here in MA> \Recall when Mitt Romney was Governor the Democratic legislature took unconscionable stpes to strip him of power, such as when the legislature wrote laws so Romney could NOT replace then Senator Kerry who was running for President. Now when the Democrats need to push their own warped agenda and affect a NATIONAL debate they AGAIN change the law to suit their own needs. Our neighboring RI may no longer be the most corrupt state in the union. How about the Democratic legislature pass ANOTEHR NEW Law, to have a special election for a NEW GOVERNOR, this guy is a Disgrace! And a MAJOR Embarrassment.

    September 24, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. Sheik Yerbouti

    Yeah Patrick is a much better governor than .....say....Mickey mouse. You never know where that mouse has been..........kick him out ...he is an embarrassment to the Democrat Party.

    September 24, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. john

    Massachusetts, what a sad state.

    September 24, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. Bubble of Sanity

    Well, I certainly hope they don't elect a Republican next time. Then they will have to go and change the senatorial replacement law again.

    September 24, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. Mason

    Taxachusetts is on a downhill slide.

    September 24, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  21. JILL

    Nothing gets done if a Republican is involved.

    September 24, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  22. unshrub

    HA HA People may be tired of certain Democrats, but they still don't want republicans. Oh my!

    September 24, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  23. J.P.

    Doh! Rut-row Raggie!

    Bad news for the Bamster and his congression partners in crime.

    September 24, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  24. GOP 2010 2012

    HA HA keep dreaming CNN! BO has been the most valuable player for the GOP!

    I forsee HUGE gains for the GOP in 2010 and 2012! DOWN WITH THE DEMS

    September 24, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  25. Jobs Jobs Jobs

    You will never hear Obama state a coherent agenda. That would effectively be political suicide.

    He got people so frenzied that they wrote him a blank check.

    But now he’s spent that, and he’s asking for another one. That’s the hat trick, and all of the revival tent theatrics in the world won’t be enough to pull that off.

    September 24, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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