Suffolk University/7 News Poll: As Governor Romney Tests Presidential Waters, Massachusetts' Voters Say No

6/21/2005

When asked, “Do you think Mitt Romney should run for Governor, President, neither or both,” only 10% of respondents said President, 32% indicated Governor, 9% chose both and 41% selected neither. Nine percent of the voters were undecided.

Romney's popularity (45% favorable rating, and 35% unfavorable rating) was considered “fair” compared to other public officials polled, including Joe Kennedy of Citizens Energy (59% favorable rating, and a 19% unfavorable rating) and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino (62% favorable rating, and a 15% unfavorable rating).

“To paraphrase an ancient Greek myth, Romney may hear ‘the lure of the Presidential Sirens' calling his name, but the voters do not,” said David Paleologos, Director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center.

Romney has recently spent time in California, Michigan and South Carolina to address Republicans and cast himself as a social conservative on issues like stem cell research and same-sex marriage.

The 7NEWS/Suffolk University poll also showed that Massachusetts' voters are ready for a black Governor. When asked, “Do you believe Massachusetts is ready for a black Governor,” a whopping 72% said yes, while 15% indicated no. Thirteen percent of voters were undecided.

“This is good news for Democratic hopeful Deval Patrick, who will most likely battle Attorney General Tom Reilly and Secretary of State William Galvin for the nomination,” said

Paleologos. “However, both Galvin and Reilly have boatloads of cash, institutional support, and much higher name recognition at this point.”

In a head-to-head matchup for Governor, Massachusetts Democratic voters chose Reilly (25%) over Galvin (17%) and Patrick (11%). A total of 39% of likely Democrats were undecided, suggesting the race is wide open.

With Romney potentially out of the Governor's race, Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey led Charlie Baker, CEO, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Inc., 46% to 13%, with 41% undecided among Republican primary voters.

Both Republicans Healey and Baker would have difficult times defeating any of the three Democratic choices for Governor, with Romney out of the race. In five of the six possible final election scenarios, both Baker and Healey would lose to any of the three Democrats, except a Healey-Patrick final. In that case, Healy edged Patrick, 29% to 28%, with 43% undecided.

The 7NEWS/Suffolk University poll was conducted June 11-12, 2005. The margin of error is +/- 4.9% at a 95% level of confidence. All 400 Massachusetts respondents indicated they were likely voters.

Suffolk University is scheduled to release marginals, charts and 270 pages of cross-tabulation data on its website ( www.suffolk.edu ) on Tuesday, June 21, 2005. 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, with campuses in Madrid, Spain and Dakar, Senegal (Africa), 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 a reasonable cost for students of all ages and backgrounds, with strong emphasis on diversity. Suffolk has a combined enrollment of more than 8,300 full-time and part-time students at its Law School, College of Arts and Sciences and Sawyer Business School.

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