Poll Fever In The Governor’s Race

A Blog By Jon Keller

The hills are alive with the sound of eleventh-hour governor’s race polls. And while last night’s Suffolk poll – and today’s fresh crop from Rasmussen and the State House News Service (subscription required) – all have Gov. Patrick ahead with margins ranging from one to seven points, I recommend turning up the music and ignoring them. The polls are interesting, no doubt, but keep in mind, they’re all based on likely voters, and the gigantic wild card next Tuesday is who will actually show up at the polls, and in what numbers. I suspect no one has a sophisticated enough polling model to accurately predict that this year. So whatever you do, don’t let the polls affect your voting behavior. Just go do it, and then tune in TV 38 at 8pm on Tuesday for Boston’s only continuous broadcast TV coverage of election night (which will alternate through the night with WBZ-TV).

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