A new poll shows Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick's approval ratings continue to decline and he faces a difficult road to winning a second term next year.
The Boston Globe poll says 36 percent of respondents have a favorable opinion of the Democratic governor, while 52 percent view him unfavorably. Patrick had much better numbers in the December poll, which showed 64 percent of voters viewed him favorably.
The poll was taken last week for the Globe by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, and it followed Patrick's approval of $1 billion in new taxes.
The survey also shows that Patrick is either losing or running neck-and-neck with potential rivals in next year's election.
The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.
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