-Elizabeth Warren has quickly become the most popular politician in Massachusetts. 52% of voters approve of her to 39% who disapprove, up from a 44/39 spread in May. Her +13 net approval rating ranks her ahead of Barack Obama (+11), Deval Patrick (+7 approval at 50/43), and Ed Markey (voters are evenly divided) among the state's politicians.
Even more popular than Warren herself is a potential ballot initiative she's gotten behind to raise the minimum wage in the state to $10.50. 61% of voters support that to only 30% who are opposed. Democrats support it overwhelmingly, a majority of independents favor it (52/36), and there's even 32% support from Republicans.
Another worker's rights issue drawing support from Massachusetts voters is a proposed initiative to guarantee one hour of sick time to employees for every 30 hours they work. That concept has 50/31 support.
-Only 31% of Massachusetts voters support a government shutdown unless Obamacare is defunded, to 57% who oppose it. It's worth noting though that even in a state where the most famous Republicans- people like Scott Brown and Bill Weld- are known for their moderation, there's still 53/32 support for a shutdown with the GOP base. That suggests Republicans pretty much everywhere are willing to shut down the government over Obamacare.
-Gay marriage being legal in Massachusetts still doesn't seem to be destroying too many people's lives. 85% of voters in the state say it's either had a positive or no impact on their lives, with only 15% saying it's been a negative. Even among Republicans 66% say it hasn't negatively affected them. Voters in the state support gay marriage being legal by a greater than 2:1 margin, 60/29.
-Tom Brady has a 70/10 favorability rating among all Massachusetts voters. Those numbers are pretty impressive but don't quite stack up to how beloved Drew Brees is in Louisiana (81/6) or Aaron Rodgers is in Wisconsin (75/7).
Bill Belichick has an 83/5 approval rating with Patriots fans. Pats backers are feeling pretty optimistic about their prospects this year with 86% thinking they'll make the playoffs, 52% thinking they'll be playing in the Super Bowl, and 26% believing they'll win it all. By a 50/30 margin fans support the team's decision to ax Tim Tebow. Despite departing for the Broncos, Wes Welker remains very popular with Pats fans at a 66/6 favorability rating. There's no love lost with Aaron Hernandez- only 6% of fans see him positively to 79% with a negative opinion.
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