BOSTON (CBS) – Two new polls in the Massachusetts governor’s race released Friday show Gov. Deval Patrick and Republican challenger Charlie Baker in a dead heat, just four days before the election.

A State House News poll of 400 registered voters taken Monday through Wednesday shows Patrick leading Baker by three points, 40-to-37 percent.  7 percent said they’re still undecided and the margin of error in the survey is 4.8 percent.

The latest Rasmussen Reports survey of 750 likely voters taken Wednesday has Patrick edging Baker by two points, 46-to-44 percent.  One percent are not sure who they will vote for.  The margin of error is 4-percent.

“What stands out the most to me is that Governor Patrick is popular personally, even though his job performance is viewed negatively by most people,” State House News Pollster Gerry Chervinsky said on their web site.

“He has gone from unfavorable to favorable personally while his job-performance numbers have stayed low. You don’t see that very often. Job performance and favorability usually go hand in hand. What strikes me is that we have an incumbent governor a majority thinks is not doing a good job, who’s about to get re-elected. That’s surprising,” Chervinsky said

A Suffolk University poll released late Thursday night showed Patrick with a  seven-point lead over Baker.

Comments (8)
  1. DStein says:

    Nobody said Deval Patrick wasn’t a nice guy…..he is. But you have to ask yourself “Am I better off than I was 4 years ago?”. For most of us here in Massachusetts, the answer to that question is a resounding “NO!”.

    Deval Patrick jammed through a record-high $28 billion budget and has raised just about every tax we have plus introduced some new ones, yet community aid was slashed 25%. Why? It just doesn’t add up. On top of all Deval’s tax increases, communities have had to raise property taxes to make up the difference because of lost state aid.

    Deval Patrick claims he increased spending on education, yet 3,200 teachers have lost their jobs across the Commonwealth and programs have been cut. Where is the money for education going? It isn’t reaching the communities. Class sizes are increasing and schools have been closed.

    We need someone in the corner office at the State House that can offset the schemes and corruption within the Legislature and ensure or tax dollars are spent wisely. That person is Charlie Baker.

  2. Nicole says:

    Well said DStein. Charlie Baker is the Change we need and BAD!

  3. TheRose says:

    They’re both losers. We’re in trouble.

  4. jmr2 says:

    I can’t forgive Baker for stealing my retirement. By doubling my health care costs I have nothing left for hobbies or enjoyment. Did he really need to quadruple his pay to 1.7 million on the backs of the ratepayers? That’s pure greed. He doesn’t care about anyone but himself and big business. Big business will get all the tax cuts. If he rolls back the sales tax, how many more teachers will he put out of work? Baker has no moral compassion for anyone. Anyone would be better than Baker.

  5. john_hudsonma says:

    Deval is going to bring the heat in the last few days. The curtains in his office are now 4 years old and need to be changed and his Caddy needs new tires so he wants to be “styling” in a new Benz.

  6. Nicole says:

    JMR You couldn’t be more wrong. Hahahaha John.

  7. jmr2 says:

    John, get your facts straight on who paid what.
    Why did Baker quadruple his salary to 1.7 million? Most non-profit CEOs are paid under $500,000. Almost 2 million is real greed. Baker is an elitist. He didn’t send his kids to public school, so he doesn’t care if the schools fall down around the “poor kids” ( by that I mean anyone who doesn’t have a salary in the millions). He owes his soul to the out of state donors and John McCain (who is still so incensed that Obama is president that McCain would rather the country go bankrupt rather than cooperate with anything Obama does). Charlie Baker is John McCain’s pet project.

  8. Linda Molino says:

    I am voting for Baker and the other Republican Candidates. I am sick of the Democrats and their TACTICS. And I hope Pelosi is booted out also. We need a change.

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