Boston Voters Prefer NFL Commissioner to President Trump 2 to 1. Mayor Walsh – 38 point lead in Boston Mayor’s race; GOP Gov. Baker Very Popular in Boston; Strong support for bills to Increase in Education Funding and access to Contraception

When the NFL commissioner was at Gillette Stadium for opening night this year, he was faced with mass boos from Patriot fans but it appears that President Trump would receive an even nastier reception if he visited Boston. When registered voters were asked who they viewed more favorably: President Trump or NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the Commissioner got the best of the President 72% to 28%.

Those polled are also interested in more than just the sports/political spectacle. 58% have given quite a lot of thought to the upcoming Boston Mayoral election.

Among both sport fans and non- sport fans, Mayor Walsh is a clear favorite to win on November 7 against City Councilor Tito Jackson with 61% of the vote to 23% for Jackson, and 16% undecided (among likely voters +/-4.2%).

Walsh enjoys a 68% favorable opinion among registered voters, and an overall +50 for his name recognition. Jackson is 30 points behind Walsh in his favorability at 38% and +11. Also in Commonwealth politics, those polled have a nearly 2 to 1 favorable opinion of GOP Governor Charlie Baker (55% to 28%) and a net +27.

Most Popular Sports Team in Boston?

The Patriots and Red Sox were statistically tied as the most popular team among registered voters in Boston at 27% and 24% respectively; the Celtics hold the third spot at 15%, with the Bruins in fourth at 7%.

However, Bostonians are in agreement at 58% that the Patriots are the Boston team they think will win the next world championship: 20% are already waiting until next year for the Red Sox, while 15% believe the Celtics are then next Beantown champion. , 7% of those polled think the Bruins will be Boston’s next sports champion.

Perhaps tempering expectations for the Celtics’ success was the loss of all-star Gordon Hayward during his first game as a Celtics. When registered voters were asked about Hayward’s future, 18% think he will return this season, 58% believe he will return next season, and 9% think his career is over.

About 40% of registered voters support a Boston based soccer team, with the New England Revolution receiving half the support at 22% and the Boston Breakers at 11%. Boston Siege and Boston City FC received 4% support each. 59% of those polled do not follow soccer, the most popular sport worldwide.

Local Issues:

A plurality of voters rated the Orange line to be their favorite T Line, and overall voters seem content with the current price of the MBTA, with 45% saying it was a fair cost, (28%) said the cost was too expensive, and 12% saying the T was too inexpensive.

Regarding two potential issues in proposed statewide legislation, the poll found overwhelming support for a public education bill considered by the Massachusetts State Senate, that would add $91 million of state money over the next seven years, with 71% of those polled supporting this initiative and 9% opposing.

A bill that would make contraception free with insurance and more accessible has 52% support and 14% opposition. Twelve percent (12%) have no opinion and 22% were unsure.

The Emerson College Polling Society, under the supervision of Professor Spencer Kimball is pleased to present the findings from a poll of registered Voters in Boston, Massachusetts, for the Mayoral Election November 7, 2017 and of likely voters for the November 7 General Election. All respondents interviewed in this study were part of a fully representative sample using an area probabilistic sample of registered voters from Aristotle International. The overall sample size was N= 629 with a margin of error of +/- 3.9 percentage points in 19 of 20 cases. It is important to remember that subsets based on gender, age and party breakdowns carry with them higher margins of error, as the sample size is reduced. Data was collected using an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system of landlines only and was conducted October 19-20, 2017.

This survey uses statistical weighting procedures to account for deviations in the survey sample from known population characteristics, which helps correct for differential survey participation and random variation in samples. The overall adult sample is weighted to recent Census and voting behavior data using a sample balancing procedure to match the demographic makeup with district, party affiliation, ethnicity, age and gender. Margins of sampling error for this survey are not adjusted for design effect.

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