Kerry, Edwards Well-Positioned in Massachusetts


BOSTON, MA – Massachusetts Senator John Kerry or North Carolina Senator John Edwards would easily defeat President George W. Bush if the final election were held today, according to an exclusive 7NEWS-Suffolk University poll of likely Massachusetts voters released today.

When asked, “if the final election for President were held today, toward whom would you vote or lean,” 57% of likely voters selected Kerry, 34% chose Bush, with 9% were undecided. Edwards bested Bush by a 53%-34% margin, while 13% were undecided.

“Either one of the Senators named John would topple President Bush,” said David Paleologos, Director of the Political Research Center at Suffolk University. “At this point, Massachusetts is firmly in the electoral column of the Democrats. Nonetheless, much can happen between now and November.”

According to the latest 7NEWS-Suffolk University survey, Massachusetts respondents said they trusted Kerry to do a better job with health care, the economy, the situation in Iraq and creating jobs. However, those same respondents trusted Bush to do a better job with the U.S. campaign against terrorism.

“Even in Massachusetts, respondents felt that the threat of terrorism was best handled by Bush, although slightly (41%-39%),” said Paleologos. “But Kerry was the big winner among domestic issues and the situation in Iraq.”

In other findings from the 7NEWS-Suffolk University poll, voters rejected the legitimacy of campaign issues like Bush’s service with the National Guard and Kerry’s private life. By a better than 2-1 margin, respondents indicated that these issues were not legitimate campaign issues.

Finally, when asked, “who do you expect the next President to be,” 49% said Kerry, while 38% indicated Bush.

The 7NEWS-Suffolk University poll was conducted from February 20-22 2004. The margin of error is +/- 4.9% at a 95% level of confidence. All 400 Massachusetts respondents indicated they were likely voters who would be casting a ballot for President in the final election.

Suffolk University is scheduled to release highlights of this survey in chart form on Wednesday, February 25, 2004. Cross-tabulation data totaling 192 pages and marginals will be released on Thursday, February 26, 2004 and posted on the Suffolk website ( For more information, please contact Suffolk adjunct professor David Paleologos at 781-290-9310.

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