Raleigh, N.C. – PPP’s newest Massachusetts poll finds Hillary Clinton leading among 2016 Democratic primary contenders. Clinton got the support of 55% of Bay Staters, compared to 17% for Joe Biden, 4% for Andrew Cuomo, 1% for Martin O’Malley and negligible support for Brian Schweitzer and Mark Warner. Home-state contenders Elizabeth Warren and Deval Patrick each received 4%.
“It says a lot about the universal desire for Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic candidate in 2016 that she’s over 50% in Massachusetts even with two home state officials in the mix,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling.
On matters of state politics, Massachusetts voters are somewhat divided. 48% approve of Governor Deval Patrick’s job performance, to 41% who disapprove. This is very close to the 48%-38% spread PPP found last October, suggesting Patrick’s leadership after the Boston bombing hasn’t much changed voters’ perceptions of him. Elizabeth Warren receives a similarly split verdict; 44% approve of her job performance, and 39% disapprove.