In the latest Suffolk poll released today by the Herald, we see some significant shifts from previous polls, including last week’s Globe/SocialSphere poll.
Here are the highlights from the Suffolk poll of likely Democratic primary voters:
The biggest takeaways for me are…
Grossman has continued to close in on Coakley, narrowing her lead from 21 points in the last Globe poll to 12 points here. Berwick has also seen a significant jump, comfortably into the mid-teens. This trend is not surprising since the public is still learning about Berwick, and to a lesser extent Grossman, but the gap is narrower than I expected.
The LG’s race appears to be a true toss-up with nearly 3/4 of voters undecided and less than a point separating first from third. With very little cash on hand for any of these candidates, it’s going to be interesting to see who manages to cobble together enough support to distinguish himself from the pack.
Tolman has established a modest 6-point lead over Healey, which is an 8-point swing from the latest Globe poll in which Healey led 28% to 26%.
In the Treasurer’s race, Deb Goldberg has built a relatively large lead, but most voters here are still undecided. I know she and Finegold have both reserved air time for TV ads (some of which have already begun airing), so I imagine the two of them will both see boosts as voters learn more about this race. I know Conroy has a good amount of grassroots support and several fans on here, but with $76K on hand as of 8/15, I’m not sure how he plans to build that into more broad-based support from the voting public.
As with any one poll, these figures should be viewed as a snapshot that is likely to change over the next couple weeks.
Full disclosure: I’m volunteering for Steve Grossman and Deb Goldberg.