October 14th, 2010
12:53 PM ET
4 years ago

Poll: Patrick ahead in Massachusetts gov. re-election bid

(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.


Filed under: 2010 • Deval Patrick • Massachusetts
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. LacrosseMom(real one)

    Good. Back in the summer CNN had headlines like "GOP Sweep" ...... but...... not so much. AMERICANS ARE SMARTER THAN THE GOP-TEAPARTY THINKS WE ARE!

    October 14, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    Go Governor Patrick! We need Democratic governors across our country: men and women who truly put their state and country first in their efforts to provide quality education and job opportunities!

    Come November, we decide is we want to drive (D) our country forward, or put it in reverse (R)!

    October 14, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. 19 Days until Socialism dies in the United States

    NEWS FLASH! Duval will NOT be re-elected, just like Coakley was not elected. He has been a miserable failure. The People will prevail and Baker will be the next Governor. You can take that to the bank.

    October 14, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. Augsbee

    If by now Gov.Patrick has not improved the state's economy nor created jobs then you might as well forget that he can do it if elected another term. What is wrong with people making excuses for these guys that always ask for another term to get things accomplished that they promised during campaigning??????? Most likely the state's economy and the job loss came about because of Patrick being the Governor and not having the capacity to handle the job.

    October 14, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. Fair is Fair

    For the 14,767th time in my life, I'm ashamed to be a resident of MA.

    October 14, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. T'SAH from Virginia

    YES WE CAN – keep UNITING the BASE and we got this!!!!

    I am really excited!!

    How's the RUDE AWAKENING going for you RepubliCAN'Ts!!! You had the WHOLE summer to put out your HATE that was brought to you by the FAR-RIGHT fear-mongering Tea Party and FOLKS!!!!

    Young VOTERS get UNITED – your values are more in gear to what President Obama is trying to succeed in – Education, Financial Reform, Health Care Reform, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Pro-Choice, etc. Don’t let the ADS steer you in the wrong directions because MOST OF THEM are sponsored by foreign interest and MILLION/BILLIONAIRS whose main concern is WALL STREET!! GET OUT and VOTE for PATRICK and STICK with the CAUSE!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!!

    October 14, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. americanpapaagainstobozo

    Very tough for an honest person to win in Massachusetts. They keep electing Barney Frank and kept "Killer" Kennedy an old drunk in office for decades. Heavy duty union influence and of course some of the most taxed citizens in the country.

    October 14, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Funny when after months of these fake CNN and Republican "polls", that the true result is a Democratic sweep....

    October 14, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. S. in California

    After giving us Scott Brown, I should hope the good people of Massachuetts realize what a mistake that was and will make it up by RE-ELECTING Governor Patrick. For that, I say thank you.

    October 14, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. Vote for freedom and economic recovery

    MA has incredible taxes and government burdens. Why would they reelect a democrat–especially Patrick?

    Vote for Charlie Baker – governor!

    (also, don't forget to vote Barney Frank OUT. He's the embarrassment that help mess up the economy.

    October 14, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. DJ in TX

    Where's this GOP wave people keep talking about? Again, they'll win some seats, just as the last few Presidents have lost seats in the mid-terms, including Reagan (lost 40), Clinton, and Bush. But I think people will be suprised on Nov 3 when it's not what the GOP would be hoping for. You got "people' like Dick Morris on Fox predicting the Dem's losing 80 seats. I'd like some of what he's smoking...............lol

    October 14, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. Steve (the real one)

    46 percent of likely voters in Massachusetts support Patrick. Forty-five percent of likely voters approve of Patrick's job performance and forty-four percent disapprove. When it comes to whether voters believe Patrick deserves re-election, forty-eight percent say it's time to give someone else a chance. Forty-five percent of likely voters approve of Patrick's job performance and forty-four percent disapprove.

    All the above are quotes for the article. It appears to be some serious confusion in Mass. Only 42% say he deserves to be re-elected and then you turn around and re-elect him? Like I said serious confusion!

    October 14, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |