A helpful reader has informed BMG that today’s Rasmussen poll‘s favorability ratings are surprisingly, well, favorable for Governor Patrick. And surprisingly weak for Charlie Baker.
Remarkable, really. Governor Patrick’s net of +8 is, I think, the highest it’s been in quite some time. Maybe the facts that more than 60,000 jobs have been created this year in MA, and that our unemployment rate continues to be below the national average, are resonating.
As for Baker’s net of -3, and his unfav at the critical 50%, well, that’s testimony to the fine team of professionals, headed by Tim O’Brien, that brought you Kerry Healey’s spectacular 2006 campaign.
Even more than the horse-race numbers, the fav/unfav numbers – which bolster last week’s Suffolk poll’s finding that Patrick’s fav/unfav was slightly positive (+3) and Baker’s was slightly negative (-2) – are a big, shiny red flag for Team Baker. If, at this point in the race, more people dislike you than like you, it’s going to be tough to make up that deficit in the polls. It’s a bit late to be claiming that people will love the big lug once they get to know him better.