-More than 50% of Democrats in Massachusetts want Hillary Clinton to be their candidate for President in 2016. In a sense that's unremarkable- it's what we find everywhere we poll. But what makes it remarkable in Massachusetts is that she's over 50% despite the fact that we included 2 Bay State politicians- Governor Deval Patrick and Senator Elizabeth Warren- and she's still over 50%. 55% would like her to be the nominee to 17% for Joe Biden, 4% each for Warren, Patrick, and Andrew Cuomo, and 1% for Martin O'Malley. It's just another data point of how overwhelming the desire is for Hillary in 2016.
-Our first look at Senator Elizabeth Warren's approval numbers finds 44% of voters approving of her to 39% who disapprove. That +5 net approval is pretty much in line with her 8 point margin of victory last fall. Deval Patrick's approval rating is 48/41- the 48% approval is identical to what we found when we last polled on him in October.
-We're coming up on the 9th anniversary of gay marriage being legal in Massachusetts, and only 15% of voters in the state think its being legal has had a negative impact on life there. 25% believe it's had a positive impact and 60% don't think it's had any effect on them one way or the other. Overall 58% of Massachusetts voters support gay marriage to just 32% opposed.
The Sox faithful are feeling a lot of optimism about this season. 89% of fans think the team will make the playoffs and 62% think they'll win the American League, although just 27% believe they'll ultimately win the World Series. Sox fans have been guilty of misplaced optimism in the past though- even in late June last year 54% still thought they were going to make the playoffs.
Full results here