|Deval Patrick (D)||57%|
|Kerry Healey (R)||24%|
|Christy Mihos (I)||9%|
Patrick (D) 57% Healey (R) 24% Mihos (I) 9%
Having emerged victorious from a three-way primary on September 19, Democrat Deval Patrick leads the field of official candidates vying to be Massachusetts’ next governor. The latest Rasmussen Reports election survey shows Patrick in the lead with 57% followed by Republican Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey (24%) and Independent candidate Christy Mihos (9%) (see crosstabs).
Assuming his lead continues through the general election, Deval would be the first African-American governor in Massachusetts’ history and only the second in the United States.
Patrick’s overall favorable rating stands at 71% with more than one-third of voters (34%) saying they have a “very favorable” opinion of the candidate. Healey rates favorably with 42% and Mihos with 39%.
Massachusetts lives up to its reputation as a state not encouraging for Republicans. A majority of voters (53%) say they have unfavorable opinions of both Healey and outgoing Gov. Mitt Romney. Overall, 54% disapprove of the governor’s job performance.
The trend toward favoring Democrats continues when Massachusetts voters are asked which party they trust more on several issues of importance. Democrats top Republicans across the board on national security (50%), Iraq (56%), the economy (59%) and taxes (53%). On the issue of immigration, Democrats also top Republicans, but without a majority mandate (46% to 33% with 20% undecided).
When asked to identify the issues that matter to them most, Massachusetts’ voters say the economy (30%), the war in Iraq (24%) and national security (14%.) Fifty-three percent (53%) say the war in Iraq is a distraction from the war on terror rather than part of the war (38%).
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