Suffolk Poll Shows Martha Coakley Way Ahead

A poll conducted by Suffolk University shows Attorney General Martha Coakley still way ahead in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate.

Of those polled:

  • 44 percent said they would vote for Coakley;
  • 17 percent for venture capitalist Steve Pagliuca;
  • 16 percent for U.S. Rep. Mike Capuano (D-Somerville);
  • 3 percent for City Year co-founder Alan Khazei

But Suffolk pollster David Paleologos found somewhat different results when he polled likely voters in the Democratic bellwether town of Falmouth. Voters in Falmouth who know where their polling station is and what date the primary is broke down this way: 33 percent said they'd vote for Coakley, 13 percent for Capuano, 8 percent for Pagliuca, and 2 percent for Khazei.

The primary is Dec. 8.

The poll was conducted between Nov. 4 through 8, before Coakley announced that she would have voted against the landmark health insurance reform bill because it prohibits the use of federal funds for plans that cover abortions — and before Capuano said that he would also oppose the bill if it comes out of a House-Senate conference committee with the anti-abortion language intact.

This program aired on November 12, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

Fred Thys Reporter
Fred Thys reported on politics and higher education for WBUR.



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