It’s Romney In A Rout


BOSTON, MA, July 1, 2002 – Republican Mitt Romney is running away in the race for Governor. . .and he can thank the Democratic Party. Those are two key findings of an exclusive 7NEWS-Suffolk University poll released today, which shows Romney strengthening his position and beating all the Democrats head-to-head.

On the heels of a unanimous Ballot Law Commission ruling and a timely television ad campaign, Romney would defeat his closest political rival, Democratic hopeful Shannon O’Brien, 51% to 28%, if the election were held today.

“The respondents from this study have spoken out decisively,” said David Paleologos, Suffolk University adjunct professor. “Mitt Romney’s powerful presence was well documented among key demographics, including gender, age, geographical region and political party affiliation.”

Voters overwhelmingly supported the Ballot Law Commission’s decision to keep Romney on the ballot by a 77% to 10% margin. In addition, 60% of voters said “yes” when asked if Romney is honest, while 21% said “no.”

Riding on Romney’s coattails also empowered Kerry Healey’s candidacy for Lieutenant Governor. Healey secured 35% of likely Republican voters compared to 29% for longtime Republican activist Jim Rappaport. Romney, as recently as last week, aired an advertising campaign promoting Healey to be his running mate. In a June study conducted by Suffolk University, Rappaport had previously led Healey by a 38% to 30% margin.

Romney’s popularity even extended into the Democratic primary as well. Currently, the race is too close to call with O’Brien and fellow Democrat Robert Reich tied at 24%. Pertaining to the residency issue, it appears that Romney’s response ad naming O’Brien hurt her in the Democratic primary. Previously, she had a double-digit lead over Reich in the Suffolk University June study.

The Suffolk University Poll was conducted from June 27 through June 30, 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 208 pages of statistical data which can be downloaded from the Suffolk website at ( This report is in PDF format and requires the free Adobe Acrobat reader to view this file. Adobe Acrobat can be downloaded here. For more information, please contact Suffolk adjunct professor David Paleologos at 781-290-9310.

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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.

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Tony Ferullo at 617-573-8448

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