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Recent Polls on Healey Vs. Diehl, Winter Heating Bills, Ballot Question 4 & NH Governors

Numerous media outlets cover the results of recent UMass Amherst and UMass Amherst / WCVB Polls, including the latest results released Oct. 31 that show Gov. Charlie Baker leaving office with a 68% approval rating. Additionally, comments by Tatishe Nteta, director of the poll, were aired in Boston news radio segments about Baker’s approval and voters’ views of the nation and state’s economic prospects, while poll associate director Raymond La Raja was interviewed on local television about views on Ballot Question 1, commonly known as the “Fair Share Amendment” or “Millionaire’s Tax.” Jesse Rhodes, associate director of the poll, is also quoted in an article focused on the possibility of President Joe Biden’s impeachment if Republicans take control of Congress following the election. (Globe , MassLive, WGBH Radio Boston, WGBH Radio Boston, 11/1/22; WCVB TV Boston,, Western Mass News, MassLive, Boston Patch, WGBH Radio Boston, WTAG Radio Worcester, Deseret News [Utah], , 10/31/22; News Office releases)

There is coverage of a recent UMass/WCVB poll finding that a majority of Massachusetts voters are concerned about winter heating bills. The poll found 84% of voters are somewhat or very concerned about the increase in heating bills, while 4% are not concerned. ( Breitbart, 11/1/22; News Office release)

There is additional reporting on UMass/WCVB polling related to Massachusetts ballot Question 4. A bare majority of the poll’s respondents (51%) support the measure, which would keep in place the Work and Family Mobility act that allows for undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses and learner’s permits. ( WGBH, 11/2/22; News Office release )

A story on Attorney General Maura Healey’s and Republican opponent Geoff Diehl’s recent fundraising success mentions a recent UMass/WCVB poll finding that Healey maintains a substantial lead over Diehl, 61% to 33%. While Diehl also had the best fundraising month to date in October, his cash on hand is about one-tenth of Healey’s at $115,251, according to campaign finance reports. ( MassLive, ABC-TV Providence, 11/1/22; News Office release)

A story on New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu endorsing Anthony Amore for Massachusetts auditor mentions a recent UMass/WCVB poll finding Amore trailing Diana Dizoglio by 17 percentage points. (MassLive , New Hampshire Union Leader, 11/1/22; News Office release)


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