New Poll Shows Charlie Baker’s “Not in the Stratosphere Anymore”
Among MA GOP primary voters Baker is deep underwater (54% unfavorable vs. 30% favorable) and losing head-head against a Trump-endorsed primary challenger by more than 20 points (29-50%)
“Baker’s not in the stratosphere anymore… 54 percent of respondents to a Public Policy Polling survey of likely 2022 Republican primary voters said they had an unfavorable opinion of Baker, compared to 30 percent who view him favorably. Baker trailed former Republican state Rep. Geoff Diehl in a hypothetical gubernatorial primary 29-50, with 21 percent of respondents undecided.”
Following Donald Trump’s endorsement of Republican candidate for governor Geoff Diehl, the DGA commissioned the poll and outlined key findings in a memo, including:
- Trump-endorsed Geoff Diehl holds a commanding 21 point lead over Baker, including breaking the crucial 50% threshold. When Republicans learn of Trump’s endorsement, Diehl’s lead jumps to 32 points (25% Baker/ 57% Diehl).
- The sitting Republican governor cannot earn 40% of the vote among a single demographic group of Republican primary voters.
- Among GOP primary voters, 81% are favorable to the former president, with only 13% unfavorable.
“Things are heating up in the Massachusetts race for Governor in 2022, and Republicans seem to be heading towards a nasty primary fight,” said DGA Political Director Marshall Cohen in the polling memo. “Not only do Massachusetts Republican primary voters pledge their loyalty to Trump and adhere to toxic and extreme views, but their extremism has made Charlie Baker deeply unpopular and in serious trouble of losing the GOP nomination fight.
Cohen continues: “If the primary were held today, Governor Charlie Baker would lose ‘bigly.’”