With less than six week until the election, the race for the next governor of Massachusetts is now a dead heat, a new poll has found.
According to the Rasmussen Reports survey
conducted Sept. 16-17 of 750 likely voters, Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker each have 42 percent support in the race to fill the open seat being vacated by two-term Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick. Just 10 percent of voters say they are undecided.
Among the 83 percent of voters who say they will definitely vote, Baker has a two point lead at 46 percent, compared to 44 percent, within the poll's 4 percent margin of error.
Other recent polls
have indicated that the race may be more open. A WBR/MassINC poll conducted Sept. 16-21 gave Coakley a 10 point lead, while a Boston Globe poll conducted Sept. 21-23 gave Baker a 2 point lead.
The Rasmussen survey also found that each candidate has deep support among their own parties. Coakley, who lost to Republican Scott Brown in the 2010 special Senate election to replace Ted Kennedy, has 72 percent support from Democrats. Baker, a former state cabinet secretary who ran unsuccessfully in 2010, has the backing of 86 percent of Republicans. Independents also prefer Baker by a margin of two-to-one, the survey found.
Meanwhile, Baker has stronger favorability ratings among voters. He is viewed positively by 51 percent of respondents, compared to an unfavorable rating of 28 percent. While Coakley has a similar favorability rating of 47 percent, her unfavorability rating is almost as high at 46 percent.
Baker is also more trusted on economic issues by a margin of 43 percent compared to 34 percent. Coakely, however, leads voter trust on social issues at 46 percent compared to 36 percent.
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