Here Are The Results of SurveyUSA Election Poll #10419

Geography Surveyed: Massachusetts
Data Collected: 10/21/2006 - 10/23/2006
Release Date: 10/24/2006 11:25 AM ET
Sponsor: WBZ-TV Boston

MA Governor's Race Stabilizes, with Patrick 25 Points Atop Healey: In an election for Governor of Massachusetts today, 10/24/06, Democrat Deval Patrick defeats Republican Kerry Healey 56% to 31%, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted exclusively for WBZ-TV Boston. On 9/22/06, immediately following Patrick's decisive win in the Primary, and amidst great favorable publicity, a SurveyUSA poll showed Patrick ahead by 39 points. A subsequent poll, conducted after Healey regained her footing, showed Patrick ahead by 18 points. Today's poll appears to establish a type of equilibrium. Compared to the 10/11 poll, Patrick has gained 4 points and Healey has lost 3 points. Patrick's gains have all come from male voters. Patrick had trailed by 2 points among men, now leads by 15, a 17-point improvement. Women favor Patrick by 33 points, down from 36. Patrick gets 78% of Democrat votes. Healey gets 71% of Republican votes. Among Republicans, Healey's lead has decreased from 66 points to 52 points. Patrick leads by 12 points among Independents. Since Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than 2:1 among MA likely voters, Healey needs to score heavily among Independents to have a chance. Incumbent Republican Mitt Romney is not running for re-election. Healey is currently Lieutenant Governor of MA. Republicans have held the MA Governorship since 1991.

Filtering: 1,000 Massachusetts adults were interviewed 10/21/06 - 10/23/06. Of them, 886 were registered to vote. Of them, 623 were judged to be "likely" voters. Crosstabs reflect Likely Voters.

  Asked of 623 Likely Voters
  Credibility Interval for this question = ± 4 percentage points.

If the election for Governor were today, and you were standing in the voting booth right now, who would you vote for? Republican Kerry Healey? Democrat Deval Patrick? Green-Rainbow candidate Grace Ross? Independent Christy Mihos? Or some other candidate?

31% Healey (R)
56% Patrick (D)
2% Ross (G)
8% Mihos (I)
4% Other/Undecided

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