Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Sen. Elizabeth Warren look safe for reelection

Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker  and Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren are well positioned to win reelection next year, according to a WBUR poll* just released.

It indicates 55 percent of registered voters in the state view Warren favourably, which is up from a January poll that had her favorabilty number at 51 percent. “It finds that Warren’s opponents have little name recognition and poll far behind the incumbent senator more than a year before the election.”

Gov. Charlie Baker is still riding high with registered voters in the state, 64 percent of whom say they have a favorable view of the Republican governor.

“Charlie Baker is very popular,” says MassINC pollster Steve Koczela, who conducted the survey for WBUR. “Throughout most of his term, he’s been either one of the most popular or the most popular governor in America.”

Koczela notes, however, that popularity doesn’t always translate into votes. Still, better to be liked than the opposite.

“Charlie Baker and Elizabeth Warren, as of now, are prohibitive favorites in 2018,” says Professor Jeff Berry, of Tufts. “Neither opposing party has candidates now who appear to be viable candidates against them.”

I would bet neither of these candidates has much to worry about.

*The live telephone survey of 504 registered voters across Massachusetts was conducted June 19-22. It has a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points.
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