Shannon O'Brien Tops Foes In Latest Poll


BOSTON, MA, September 16, 2002 – Shannon O’Brien continues to lead in the Democratic primary race for Governor, despite serious attempts by her opponents to close the gap. This is the latest finding of an exclusive 7NEWS-Suffolk University poll released today, which shows O’Brien securing 30% of likely Democratic voters to Robert Reich’s 21%, Tom Birmingham’s 16% and Warren Tolman’s 12%.

“Shannon O’Brien is no longer just a women’s candidate,” said David Paleologos, Suffolk University adjunct professor. “She has equal support from both men and women who are likely voters in tomorrow’s Democratic primary election.”

The 7NEWS-Suffolk University poll also showed Kerry Healey surging to a 5% lead over Jim Rappaport in the Republican Lt. Governor’s race. This trend counters a significant turnaround from an August 7NEWS-Suffolk University poll, which demonstrated a 12% Rappaport advantage over Healey. Ironically, Healey has the overwhelming support of men while the majority of women oppose her.

In the only other Republican statewide contest, Dan Grabauskus appears to be extending his lead over Bruce Herzfelder by more than 10% in the primary race for State Treasurer.

On the Democratic side for State Treasurer, Stephen Murphy holds a small lead over his Democratic rivals with a whopping 56% still undecided just three days before the Democratic primary. In the race for Lt. Governor, Chris Gabrieli maintains an 8-point lead over his closest rival, John Slattery.

Both Suffolk University polls were conducted from September 12 through September 14, 2002. The Democratic poll has a margin of error of +/- 4.90% at a 95% level of confidence. The Republican poll has a margin of error of +/-5.10% at a 95% level of confidence. All respondents indicated they were likely voters in their respective primaries.

Suffolk University has tabulated 44 pages of statistical data which can be found on the Suffolk website ( or from the left-hand menu above. For more information, please contact Suffolk adjunct professor David Paleologos at 781-290-9310.

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