Sunday, August 21, 2005

Nothing Positive for Romney

The internals aren't out yet, but the Boston Globe has the story on their new gubernatorial poll. It seems that Governor Mitt Romney's numbers have slipped even from the low levels we reported in March. From the article:

"There is nothing positive for him here in Massachusetts," said Andrew E. Smith, director of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, which conducted the poll. "Since March, when our survey found him in political trouble, things have either stayed the same or have slipped," he said, noting that Republican politicians have little room for error in heavily Democratic Massachusetts.
Attorney General Tom Reilly, who has yet to begin any serious campaigning, now beats Governor Romney by a margin of 51% to 38%, a slight increase from the seven point lead Reilly had in March. In addition, the article notes that the Governor is now nearly tied with Deval Patrick -- a candidate few people have even heard of -- which is a first for any other poll I've seen. Other results show Kerry Healey beating Charlie Baker in the potential Republican primary and Reilly winning the Democratic primary against Patrick and Secretary of the Commonwealth Bill Galvin. Hopefully when the internals come out I'll be able to talk more about these results.

Of course, polls are early -- no one has really campaigned yet, and the field on either side isn't even set yet. Still, this is the first poll we've seen since Romney called for a repeal of Roe v. Wade in the Globe.