Gov. Patrick Maintains Lead In Latest Suffolk Poll

As with a poll two weeks ago, 46 percent of the 500 likely voters in the Suffolk University/WHDH-TV poll say they intend to vote for Patrick. Baker remained at 39 percent. Independent candidate Timothy Cahill fell a point to 9 percent, and Green-Rainbow candidate Jill Stein rose a point to 2 percent. Five percent were undecided

The survey finds 51 percent oppose a ballot question proposing to cut the state sales tax to 3 percent. Voters are divided on a question proposing to eliminate a new tax on alcohol sales, 47 percent to 44 percent.

The statewide survey was conducted Oct. 25 to 27 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, says independent candidate for governor Tim Cahill only garnered 9 percent of the vote in the poll, but he could make history.

"If that 9 percent holds up, he would break the record for most votes cast for an independent for governor of Massachusetts," Paleologos said.

The current record for votes for an independent candidate for governor is 7 percent, set by Christy Mihos four years ago.

The election for governor is Tuesday.

This program aired on October 29, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.


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