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New Poll Shows Coakley With Strong Lead In Gov. Race

BOSTON — Attorney General Martha Coakley holds a 29-point lead over Republican Charlie Baker and Treasurer Steven Grossman edges the likely GOP gubernatorial nominee by 9 points in a new poll of 424 registered voters.

Attorney General Martha Coakley has a 41 to 26 percent edge on the leading Republican, Charlie Baker, in a head-to-head contest. (AP)

Attorney General Martha Coakley has a 29-point lead over Republican Charlie Baker according to a new poll. (AP)

The Western New England Polling Institute survey released Wednesday morning also showed about three quarters of those surveyed had never heard of the three Democrats competing with Coakley and Grossman for the Democratic Party’s nomination — Joseph Avellone, Donald Berwick, and Juliette Kayyem.

The polls lands about two months before Democrats convened in Worcester for their election-year nominating convention, a gathering that could whittle the field since candidates must receive support from 15 percent of convention delegates to ensure a spot on the September primary ballot.

Pollsters also tested out a hypothetical match-up involving Baker, Coakley, and independents Evan Falchuk and Jeff McCormick. The result: 54 percent of voters said they would either favor or lean toward Coakley, 25 percent would favor or lean toward Baker, with Falchuk and McCormick each receiving support from 3 percent.

The poll was conducted in early April and has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent.

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  • Ray in VT

    Charlie Baker should move to the Chicken Ticket.

    • wareinparis

      The perfect place for him!

  • Betsy

    Despite the polls, which are based on name recognition, don’t overlook Juliette Kayyem, who took the lead with 40 percent among College democrats of Massachusetts students who heard all five Democratic candidates at a forum at Smith College recently, to Coakley 15 percent. Kayyem has solid experience with government and organizational leadership under pressure, having worked as Homeland Security Advisor to Governor Patrick and later as Assistant Secretary for Homeland Security under President Obama. She has experience and passion in civil rights, veterans affairs, criminal justice reform. She has taught public policy at the Kennedy School, and wrote for the Boston Globe. As governor, she promises to emphasize preparedness for the future, looking at issues like building better infrastructure to attract business to MA, strengthening early childhood education and reforming our criminal justice system, and preparing our coasts and towns for climate change.

    • Joan

      I have met Juliette close up and personal, I have seen her on Idaho Public TV (2006) and read a review of her book (Protecting Liberty in an Age of Reason) and here is what I heard: praise for John Ashcroft, President Bush and unequivocal support for soft torture. Even in a post 9/11 world, I am uncomfortable with this Candidate. She has charism &, speaks well. The only problem I see is what she says, or doesn’t say, depending upon whom she is trying to impress in any given moment. Students of Smith, start doing your homework!

  • Joan

    I am sick and tired of hearing about Coakley’s big lead in the Governor’s race. Some other candidates are hustling and racking up delegates. Coakley is not breaking a sweat and the numbers of delegates she has tells the story. At best, she is third out of five in delegate count.
    And, everybody keeps on writing about how “unknown” the other Candidates are. Well, maybe the lesser known candidates would be MORE known if journalists covered more Campaign Events. But, I guess it is easier not to break a sweat than it is to search for real news on the Campaign Trail. Because we all know that the Candidate with the most name recognition at the start of the Campaign will be on the top at the end. Or, do we?

  • maraith

    Good. Coakley is the best candidate. The Democratic Party did her wrong in that Senatorial race and now she won’t depend on them again.

  • Raj Err

    Twisting liberty’s definition from “minimized coercion” into “removed obstacles” is the basis for replacing liberty with centralized power.

    • Joan

      I am not sure that I follow you. Could you give a bit of context to what you said?

    • Joan

      Thank you, that is helpful.

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