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Massachusetts Governor:

Mihos (I) Enters Race, Dems Lead

Survey of 500 Likely Voters

March 7, 2006

Election 2006

Massachusetts Governor

Thomas Reilly (D) 38%
Kerry Healey (R) 27%
Christy Mihos (I) 19%


Election 2006

Massachusetts Governor

Deval Patrick (D) 38%
Kerry Healey (R) 25%
Christy Mihos (I) 17%



March 13, 2006--With the announcement by businessman Christy P. Mihos that he will vie for the job of Massachusetts governor as an Independent, a curve ball has been tossed into the race. But, even with the new candidate line-up, the Democratic candidates still lead.

In a prospective three-way match-up, Democratic Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly leads with 38% support from likely voters versus Republican Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey's 27% and Mihos's 19%. Seventeen percent (17%) are Not Sure. 

When lawyer Deval L. Patrick is the Democrat in the match-up, he too earns 38% support from likely voters. Healey gets 25%, Mihos 17%, and 20% are Not Sure.

So far Reilly is taking the greatest hit from the Mihos candidacy and other news of the past month. Our pre-Mihos survey showed Reilly leading Healey 49% to 27%, and Patrick leading Healey 41% to 31%.

Reilly is viewed favorably by 47%, unfavorably by 42%. Patrick is viewed favorably by 44%, unfavorably by 28%, with 28% having no opinion. Healey is viewed favorably by 47%, unfavorably by 40%.

About a third of respondents, 34%, don't know Mihos well enough to give an opinion, but 36% view him favorably and 31% unfavorably. 

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Only a third of Massachusetts voters approve of the job George W. Bush is doing as President, 10% lower than the national level of approval. Sixty-six percent (66%) disapprove. That includes a whopping 55% who Strongly Disapprove of his performance.

Though Republicans have voiced growing discontent with the Bush Administration in recent months, 77% of Massachusetts Republicans continue to approve of the President's performance. Only 12% of Democrats approve.

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The telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports March 7, 2006.  The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points at the midpoint with a 95% level of confidence (see Methodology).

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