Romney Opens Slight Lead In Hotly Contested Governor’s Race


BOSTON, MA, November 4, 2002 – Republican candidate Mitt Romney has opened up a 4% lead on Democratic nominee Shannon O’Brien, according to an exclusive 7NEWS-Suffolk University poll released today, which shows Romney with 37% versus O’Brien’s 33%. The race is still considered within the margin of error.

Green Party candidate Jill Stein improved to 4%, while Libertarian Party candidate Carla Howell and Independent candidate Barbara Johnson each received 3% and 1% of the vote, respectively. There are still 18% of likely voters who remain undecided.

“It appears over the final weekend that Romney had the momentum,” said Suffolk University adjunct professor David Paleologos, a veteran pollster and author. “Whether there is enough time for the pendulum to swing back to O’Brien is the key question. In politics, three days is a lifetime.”

The 7NEWS-Suffolk University poll also showed that Romney had a commanding lead with Independent/Unenrolled voters. In that category, Romney now leads O’Brien by 22%. In addition, Romney’s numbers increased amongst men and women and on the issues of trust and who’s better at creating jobs.

In other findings, Democrat Tim Cahill (42%) now leads Republican Dan Grabauskas (26%) and Green Party nominee James O’Keefe (5%) in the race for State Treasurer. A total of 25% of voters were undecided.

In the ballot question breakdown, Question 1 (eliminating the state personal income tax) is failing by a 51% to 34% margin. Question 2 (English language education in public schools) is overwhelmingly supported by a 65% to 27% differential. As for Question 3 (an advisory question asking if voters support taxpayer money to be used for political campaigns for public office) the final tally showed voters rejecting the measure by a 65% to 25% gap.

The 7NEWS-Suffolk University poll was conducted from November 1 through November 3, 2002. The margin of error is +/- 4.38% at a 95% level of confidence. All 500 respondents indicated they were likely voters in the general election.

Suffolk University has tabulated 63 pages of statistical data which can be found on the Suffolk website ( or from the link to the PDF file on the navigation menu to the left. For more information, please contact Suffolk adjunct professor David Paleologos at 781-290-9310.

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