Shannon O'Brien Leads Democratic Pack


BOSTON, MA -- Shannon O’Brien has opened up a 10-point lead in the Democratic primary race for Governor, and is closing the gap to just 4% between herself and Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the final election. This is the latest finding of an exclusive 7NEWS-Suffolk University poll released today, which shows O’Brien solidifying her base and leading by a 2-to-1 margin amongst likely women voters.

"Shannon O’Brien is like the Energizer bunny" -- she just keeps on going," said David Paleologos, Suffolk University adjunct professor. "Although she enjoys a 10-point lead in the Democratic primary, these numbers are really just the starting point for the final push to win the Democratic nomination."

In other findings, Chris Gabrieli, a venture capital businessman and civic activist, soared to first place in the Lt. Governor’s race, securing 26% of the Democratic vote. In a July 7NEWS-Suffolk University poll, Gabrieli was in last place, struggling in single digits. Since that time, however, he has blitzed the airwaves with television commercials touting his commitment to education and after-school programs.

In a significant turnaround, Jim Rappaport now leads Kerry Healey 42% to 30% in the Republican contest for Lt. Governor. In a July 7NEWS-Suffolk University poll, Healey lead Rappaport by six percent.

Another eye-opening result showed that 69% of respondents said that Beacon Hill was out of control. In ballot question analyses: 38% of respondents supported eliminating the state personal income tax (Question 1); 70% of respondents supported mandating English language education in public schools (Question 2); and 29% of respondents favored using taxpayer money to fund political campaigns (Question 3).

The Suffolk University Poll was conducted from August 25 through August 28, 2002. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4.90% at a 95% level of confidence. The poll was conducted statewide and had 400 respondents. All respondents indicated they were likely voters.

Suffolk University has tabulated 180 pages of statistical data which can be found on the Suffolk website ( For more information, please contact Suffolk’s adjunct professor David Paleologos at 781-290-9310 or professor of government John C. Berg at 617-899-7324.

7NBC (WHDH-TV) is Boston’s NBC Network affiliate, a Sunbeam Broadcasting station, and "the News Station" delivering the market’s leading source for breaking news, special reports, features and critical information: 7NEWS!

Suffolk University, located on Boston’s historic Beacon Hill, is a comprehensive, global institution distinguished by its teaching and the intellectual contributions of its faculty. Suffolk offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 70 areas of study. Its mission is to provide quality education at an affordable cost for students of all ages and backgrounds. Suffolk has a combined enrollment of more than 7,000 full-time and part-time students at its College of Arts and Sciences, Sawyer School of Management, Law School and New England School of Art and Design.

Suffolk Contacts:
Mariellen Norris at 617-573-8450 or
Tony Ferullo at 617-573-8448

7NBC Contact:
Ro Dooley Webster, Director of Public Relations

Back to News »