Poll: Massachusetts Voters Completely Undecided on Next Governor
Massachusetts will elect a new governor in less than five months. If you believe a recent poll by the Fiscal Alliance Foundation, there is no clear frontrunner at this point.
There are four candidates for Governor of Massachusetts: two Democrats and two Republicans. Attorney General Maura Healey and State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz are vying for the Democrat nomination, while former Massachusetts Rep. Geoff Diehl and businessman Chris Doughty are slugging it out to be the Republican nominee.
Each party will face a likely divisive primary election in September. The winner of the primaries will face off in the November general election.
The Fiscal Alliance Foundation poll asked a number of questions about national and Massachusetts issues, including preferences for Governor of Massachusetts and the issues voters would most like the next governor to tackle.
Sixty percent of respondents told the poll they either don't know or are undecided about who they plan to vote for governor. Twenty-six percent picked Healey, 12 percent went with Diehl, 1.33 percent with Chang-Diaz, and 0.93 percent with Doughty.
Such a large number of undecideds could be good news even for the lesser-known candidates.
On the issues, the poll finds 21 percent most concerned about jobs and the economy, 13.7 percent about climate change, 13 percent about taxes, 12.3 percent about health care, 12.1 percent about inflation, and 11.3 percent "something else."
Of course, a poll is a snapshot of the moment, and given that there are so many distractions at this present moment – not the least of which is summertime – I suspect the voters will become more focused in the weeks and months ahead.
The primary elections are on September 6. The general election is on November 8.