After the Economy, Voters Disagree on What Matters in Gov Election
Nine in ten (92%) registered voters* called the issue of jobs and the economy “very important” in deciding who to support in the gubernatorial election, substantially higher than any other issue. Beyond the economy however, the issues of concern differ substantially between the supporters of each candidate, according to the latest MassINC Polling Group figures. Education and health care top the list for Patrick and supporters, while taxes and corruption are most important to Baker voters. On many issues, the difference in importance placed on each of these issues is stark. For example, while 89 percent of Baker supporters see taxes are a ‘very important’ issue in this election, just 58 percent of Patrick supporters agree. The opposite split is present on the issue of Education, where Patrick supporters (83%) are far more likely than Baker supporters (63%) to call the issue ‘very important’. The most pronounced difference (34%) showed up on the issue of global warming, where just 17 percent of Baker supporters called the issue “very important”, compared to 52 percent of Patrick supporters.
Percent calling each issue “very important” (Sorted by overall percentages)
|Overall||Deval Patrick Supporters||Charlie Baker Supporters||Percent Difference|
|Jobs and the economy||92||93||94||2|
|State budget shortfalls||60||53||70||17|
|Energy and fuel costs||54||58||40||18|
These results are based on a MassINC Polling Group statewide poll of 400 Massachusetts residents, conducted September 22-25, 2010. Live telephone interviews were conducted via both landline and cell phone. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.9 percent with a 95 percent level of confidence. Although the poll was conducted among the adult population of Massachusetts, this question battery was only asked of respondents who said they were registered voters.