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Boston Mayor’s poll shows Michelle Wu and Kim Janey are moving forward

Councilor Michelle Wu and incumbent Mayor Kim Janey prevailed ahead of the rest of the candidates in Boston’s mayoral race, less than three months before the primaries that will reduce the number of candidates to two, according to a new poll by Suffolk University and Der Boston Globe. .

The poll of 500 likely Boston voters found that Councilwoman Annissa Essaibi George, named the favorite in another public poll, placed in a second line of candidates with Councilwoman Andrea Campbell. Meanwhile, the survey shows that all four men lag further behind in the race.
The survey also found that housing is the most important issue in voters’ decision-making, closely followed by racism and equality, and schools. It also showed that former Mayor Martin J. Walsh still receives a positive rating from nearly 68 percent of voters, despite the controversy that erupted after his departure, including his short-term appointment of a police commissioner who was only on duty. in office for two days. His unfavorable rating was nearly 22 percent. Both his positive and negative ratings were higher than those of any candidate for his successor.
Overall, 70 percent of likely voters favored one of the four women in the contest, all women of color, suggesting that none of the four men running will survive the Sept. 14 primary to go to the second round of November 2. Only white men have been elected mayors of Boston since the office was created nearly 200 years ago.
“The respondents tell us clearly that history will be made,” said David Paleologos, director of the Center for Policy Research at the University of Suffolk, which conducted the survey. “Not in November, but in September.”
The poll found that Essaibi George tops the list with 14 percent, followed by Campbell, the county council that represents Mattapan, with 11 percent.

As elected councilors, each of the top four candidates enters the race with an established base of support in Boston, although their constituencies differ in size. Like Wu, Essaibi George, 47, has won citywide, while Janey, 56, and Campbell, 39, have campaigned more closely in individual city districts.

All four male candidates are struggling to gain ground, according to the survey. The poll found that State Representative Jon Santiago, a 39-year-old South End Democrat and an emergency physician at Boston Medical Center, got 5 percent, while John Barros, 47, who ran against Walsh in 2013 and became his head of economic development, I only got 2 percent.

Even further back, the odd politicians Robert Cappucci of East Boston and Richard Spagnuolo of North End registered with less than 1 percent support each. More than 30 percent of those eligible to vote said they had never heard of Barros or Santiago.

The poll suggests that Janey benefited from the wave of publicity she received in March as deputy mayor, a role she got from her position as president of the city council when Walsh became US Secretary of Labor. Even her passing role of hers had historical significance, making her the first black woman and the first woman to serve as mayor of Boston.

But it still resides in Wu’s notoriety and popularity, which 62 percent of likely voters view positively compared to 14 percent view negatively.

“I believe in what she stands for,” said Valerie Martin, a Hyde Park voter who said she will likely support Wu.

The poll showed that Wu has a competitive advantage with voters who describe themselves as very liberal and are supported by 57 percent of them. She also dominates Asian American voters.

Despite Janey’s growing notoriety as a sitting mayor, more than 11 percent of voters surveyed said they had never heard of her. But she has a positive image: 58 percent of voters view him positively and less than 14 percent say she views him negatively.

“When I took on that role and saw her speak, I thought it was her,” said Susan Ann Parker, 57, a Charlestown voter who supports Janey for her serving as incumbent mayor.

The poll found that Janey dominated black voters, with 42 percent of that group supporting her, a point that, according to Paleologos, suggests that black voters in Boston are “happy with her leadership” and “show loyalty to what they already do. have made”.

“It is important to have a woman of color,” said Leah Daniels.

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