Poll Shows Strong Support For MA's Warren, Baker

Nov 16, 2017

A new poll found challengers to U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker are struggling so far to get noticed. Boston's WBUR conducted the survey of more than 500 registered voters.

According to the results, Baker, a Republican, and Warren, a progressive Democrat, have strong support. A majority of respondents had a favorable view of both politicians, and two-thirds or more said they'd never heard of the candidates challenging them.

The poll also showed Baker and Warren with strong leads in hypothetical head-to-head matchups. 

In Warren's Senate race, the poll found the top issue for voters was health care. In the Massachusetts governor's race, the leading issue was the opioid crisis.

"There's not much these days where Republicans and Democrats share opinion," said Pollster Steve Koczela from the MassINC Polling Group, who conducted the survey. "But the emphasis on addressing the opioid problem is something where Democrats and  Republicans are very close together."

The live telephone survey of 503 registered voters was conducted Thursday through Sunday. The poll's margin of error is 4.4 percentage points.