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Poll: Gov. Baker's Support Ebbs As Third Term Decision Looms

Gov. Charlie Baker
Gov. Charlie Baker

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker hasn’t said whether he will seek a third term. A new poll finds the Republican’s popularity has taken a huge dip over the past year — but he would still be favored to win several hypothetical 2022 matchups for governor.

The UMass/WCVB poll released Monday shows Baker falling from a 78 percent approval rating last August to 52 percent now. But Baker is still well positioned against several possible Democratic gubernatorial candidates. Professor Jesse Rhodes is chair of the UMass political science department.

He spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus about the poll and the political picture in the Bay State.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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