Massachusetts’ spirited gubernatorial contest remains largely unchanged this month, with incumbent Democratic Governor Deval Patrick holding onto a small lead.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the Bay State finds Patrick with 38% support, while Republican Charlie Baker picks up 32% of the vote. Democrat-turned-Independent candidate Tim Cahill continues to trail with 17%. Twelve percent (12%) are undecided.
Here’s a quickie comparison between today’s poll and Rasmussen’s last one, which came out about a month ago:
Today (June 23)
Patrick: 38% (41%) -3
Baker: 32% (34%) -2
Cahill: 17% (16%) +1
So Patrick and Baker have both dropped a few points; Cahill picks up one; everything’s within the margin of error.
There’s modest improvement in the job approval ratings.
Job Approve/Disapprove today (June 23)
Patrick: 50/49 (48/50) net swing: +3
Not a lot of movement, but hitting 50% job approval is significant – it’s been a while since that happened.
So, overall, could be better, but sure could be worse. Considering that Patrick is the one candidate not on the airwaves yet, the Patrick team can’t be too unhappy about this.