Friday, February 26, 2010

New Poll: Baker Surging, Patrick Fading

There’s more bad news for Governor Patrick this morning. A new Suffolk University-7News poll shows that Patrick’s unfavorable rating has hit 50 percent, and only 29 percent of voters believe he deserves to be re-elected. Another 60 percent say it’s time for him to step aside.

As Patrick’s numbers continue to sink, Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker is gaining momentum and watching his numbers soar. The same poll shows Baker’s support jumping from 15 percent to 25 percent since a November 2009 poll, which puts him “within striking distance” of Governor Patrick and ahead of independent candidate Tim Cahill (23 percent). Baker has also turned the tables on GOP rival Christy Mihos: in November, he trailed Mihos (33-30), but now holds a commanding lead of 47 percent to 17 percent.

Suffolk University Political Research Center Director David Paleologos told the Boston Herald’s Jessica Van Sack that, while Patrick still leads the race “on paper”, it’s now a two-man race and “whoever emerges between the Baker-Cahill race is likely to be the winner” and the next Governor of the Commonwealth.