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Fun Facts from Suffolk and WBUR Polls

In Massachusetts a generic Democrat should beat a generic Republican statewide and that is about what we have, two generic candidates in Ed Markey and Gabriel Gomez. Markey has either slipped (Suffolk University poll) or maintained a steady advantage (WBUR), but in either case the lead is now about 7 points. So with the horse race numbers out of the way let’s look at other issues, like who believes the president and confused partisan Independents. Suffolk polled on concern about welfare fraud so I’ll offer unsolicited advice on how to rephrase that question.

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A Tale of Two Polls

The race for US Senate between Ed Markey and Gabriel Gomez is in the home stretch and despite similar numbers the two most recent polls seem to be fueling very different outlooks.

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The “Poll Position” in the MA Senate Race

I’m not a car racing fan, but I presume that the so-called “poll position” offers some advantage to its awardee. Frequently, the same cannot be said of political candidates with strong polling numbers. Indeed, the very first line of the WBUR story about the latest poll results in the ongoing “special” US Senate election in Massachusetts seemed to be making this very point. In fact, the author explicitly characterized the race as “wide open on both the Democratic and the Republican sides.”

“Wide open!?!” Not really.

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Latest WBUR Poll: Here we go again folks.

A brand new WBUR/MassInc poll shows that Scott Brown would be the choice of Bay State voters when matched up against many of the state’s likely Democratic candidates if the potentially imminent special election for John Kerry’s US Senate seat were held today. Clearly, WBUR reporter Fred thys had not been reading this blog lately.

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