(CNN) – Nineteen days before the election Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts holds a seven point advantage over Republican challenger Charlie Baker according to a new poll
A Suffolk University/7 News survey released Thursday indicates that 46 percent of likely voters in Massachusetts support Patrick, with 39 percent backing Baker, one in ten supporting Tim Cahill, the state treasurer and former Democrat who's running as an independent, and four percent undecided.
The poll indicates voters are split on how well Patrick is handling his job as governor. Forty-five percent of likely voters approve of Patrick's job performance and forty-four percent disapprove. However, when voters where asked which candidate would do the best to improve the state's economy and create jobs, more voters selected Patrick than other candidates. More voters also believe that Patrick has the best temperament to be governor.
When it comes to whether voters believe Patrick deserves re-election, forty-eight percent say it's time to give someone else a chance and forty-two percent believe he deserves to stay in office.
Cahill currently draws fourteen percent of independent voter support, but if he weren't running, thirty-eight percent of his supporters would break for Baker.
Regardless of who they support, fifty-three percent of likely voters expect that Patrick will be re-elected. President Obama will lend a hand in helping to achieve this goal by traveling to Massachusetts on Saturday to stump for Patrick in the Bay State.
The Suffolk University/7 News poll was conducted October 11-12, with 500 likely voters in Massachusetts questioned by telephone. The sampling error for this survey is plus-or-minus 4.5 percent.
Get the latest poll results here.