Bay State Residents’ Views Measured in Statewide UMass Amherst / WCVB Poll
Gov. Maura Healey’s popularity one year into her term in office, views on the commonwealth’s housing shortage and the impact Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s candidacy may have on the 2024 presidential election were just a few of topics surveyed in a new UMass Amherst / WCVB Poll, the results of which have been released throughout this week.
The poll, administered by director Tatishe Nteta and co-directors Ray La Raja, Jesse Rhodes and Alex Theodoridis, all of the Department of Political Science, measured the views of 700 respondents from across the Bay State.
Among the key findings have been:
- Gov. Healey enjoys a 58% job approval, though 51% of respondents believe that the she has not handled the housing crisis well
- Although 55% rate the state economy as ‘excellent’ or ‘good,’ 53% also views their own economic situation as ‘fair’ or ‘poor’
- Respondents were highly supportive of a range of policies that would increase housing, including building low-income housing in their own communities
- President Biden holds a 43-21 lead over Donald Trump in a likely rematch for the presidency in 2024, while Kennedy’s 17% support draws more heavily from 2020 Trump voters than those who voted for Biden
- Respondents strongly support a slate of potential ballot initiatives likely to be up for vote next November
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