A new WBUR poll shows GOP Governor Charlie Baker with a commanding lead over his Democrat opponent.
The survey shows Governor Baker holds a command 44-point lead over his Democrat opponent Jay Gonzales, 68 percent to 24 percent. The poll highlights Governor Baker’s support from across the political spectrum, as he remains ahead “by double digits in every single category of voter, when broken down by age, gender, race, income, level of education and by region.”
As he continues his work to improve Massachusetts’ business climate, expand opportunity, and foster bipartisanship, Governor Baker finds himself in strong position for re-election this November.
“With less than six weeks to go before Massachusetts voters decide whether to give Charlie Baker a second term as governor, the Republican continues to have high favorable ratings in this otherwise solid blue state.
The latest WBUR poll, conducted just last week, shows voters are inclined to give Baker four more years on Beacon Hill, and that to win, Democrat Jay Gonzalez has to make up a lot of ground between now and Nov. 6.
If the election were held today, Baker would easily cruise to victory with 68 percent of the vote, to Gonzalez’s 24 percent. Just 6 percent of likely voters polled remain undecided.
One of Gonzalez’s biggest challenges: boosting his visibility.
‘Jay Gonzalez is doing better with name recognition but it’s still surprising to see how many people don’t know who he is, given that he’s now the major party nominee for governor,’ said MassINC Polling Group’s Steve Koczela, who conducted the survey for WBUR.
Forty-five percent of those asked in the WBUR poll say they had never heard of Gonzalez. More than a third of the Democrats surveyed — 37 percent — claimed they hadn’t heard of Gonzalez either. The Needham Democrat just hasn’t had the money to buy ads.
Conversely, Baker’s multimillion-dollar campaign war chest has his ads running on everything from televised Red Sox games to YouTube videos…
The WBUR poll finds that of the Democrats surveyed, only 36 percent said they’d vote for Gonzalez if the election were held today. Baker would get the vote of 55 percent of the Democrats — many of whom say Baker is doing an adequate job as the state’s chief executive.
Baker also leads Gonzalez among unenrolled voters, 71 to 21 percent.
As a matter of fact, Baker leads Gonzalez by double digits in every single category of voter, when broken down by age, gender, race, income, level of education and by region.”