Here Are The Results of SurveyUSA Election Poll #8457

Geography Surveyed: Massachusetts
Data Collected: 03/03/2006 - 03/05/2006
Release Date: 03/06/2006 10:30 AM ET
Sponsor: WBZ-TV Boston

Analysis: In a hypothetical election for Massachusetts Governor today, 3/6/06, Republican Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey wins by 5 points if her challenger is Democrat Deval Patrick, but Republican Healey loses by 5 points if instead her challenger is Democrat Tom Reilly, according to a SurveyUSA poll of 700 registered Massachusetts voters conducted exclusively for WBZ-TV. Independent Christy Mihos finishes a strong third in either match-up. When Patrick is the Democratic candidate, Healey gets 35%, Patrick 30%, Mihos 20%. 14% are undecided. When Reilly is the Democrat, Reilly gets 36%, Healey gets 31%, Mihos 22%. 11% are undecided. Women view the Democratic hopefuls differently: When Reilly is the Democrat, Reilly leads among women by 15 points. When Patrick is the Democrat, Patrick trails among women by 1 point, a 16-point difference. In both races, Healey gets 2 out of 3 Republican voters. Among Democrats, Reilly leads Healey by 46 points and Patrick leads Healey by 33 points. Healey gets a plurality among Independents in both match-ups; Independents prefer Mihos to Patrick but support Mihos and Reilly equally. The general election for Governor is on 11/7/06. The Democratic Primary, which will determine which Democrat opposes Healey, is 9/19/06.

Filtering: 800 Massachusetts adults were interviewed 3/3/06 - 3/5/06. Of them, 700 were registered voters. Crosstabs reflect registered voters.

  Asked of 700 Registered Voters
  Credibility Interval for this question = ± 3.8 percentage points.

Massachusetts will elect a Governor in November. If the election for Governor were today, and the only candidates on the ballot were Republican Kerry Healey, Democrat Deval Patrick, and Independent Christy Mihos, who would you vote for?

35% Healey (R)
30% Patrick (D)
20% Mihos (I)
14% Undecided

  Asked of 700 Registered Voters
  Credibility Interval for this question = ± 3.8 percentage points.

What if the only candidates were Republican Kerry Healey, Democrat Tom Reilly, and Independent Christy Mihos? Who would you vote for?

31% Healey (R)
36% Reilly (D)
22% Mihos (I)
11% Undecided

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