-John Kerry is Massachusetts' more popular Senator. 49% of voters approve of the job he's doing to 39% who disapprove. That puts him ahead of the 44/45 spread we found for Scott Brown on this poll. We also directly asked respondents whether they have a more positive opinion of Kerry or Brown and by a 49/45 margin they go with their senior Senator. That's the good news for Kerry, the bad news is that his approval numbers are down from a 55/36 spread in June. Massachusetts seems in general to be a little cranky toward politicians right n0w- Kerry, Brown, Deval Patrick, and Barack Obama all get worse numbers now than they did the last time we polled the state.
-Patrick's approval rating this month is 51% with 40% of voters disapproving of him- that gives him the gold medal among Massachusetts politicians on this poll, surpassing Kerry and Brown's approval ratings. It's hard to believe when you see those numbers that in January of 2010 we found Patrick's approval at 22% with 59% of voters disapproving of him. It's been an amazing comeback and I'm sure Barack Obama will be talking to his friend Deval quite a bit in the next year about how to get back to good from a tenuous political position. Of course it's probably easier for a Democrat to do that in Massachusetts than nationally...
-Massachusetts has had gay marriage for a few years now and life seems to be moving along ok. 67% of voters say it's had no impact at all on them with 18% saying it's had a positive impact on their life and 15% a negative. Even among voters in the state who oppose gay marriage 63% grant that its being legal has had no impact on their lives. Overall 60% of voters think gay marriage should be legal to 30% opposed, with the key group of independent voters supporting it by a 56/35 margin. When you throw civil unions into the mix 86% of people in Massachusetts support either gay marriage or civil unions with only 12% against any form of legal recognition for gay couples.
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