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MA: 2010 Gov (Rasmussen 4/5)

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Rasmussen
4/5/10; 500 likely voters, 4.5% margin of error
Mode: Automated phone
(Rasmussen release)

Massachusetts

2010 Governor
38% Patrick (D), 33% Cahill (i), 15% Mihos (R)
35% Patrick (D), 27% Baker (R), 23% Cahill (D)

Favorable / Unfavorable
Deval Patrick: 49 / 48
Christy Mihos: 31 / 51
Tim Cahill: 49 / 29
Charlie Baker: 43 / 32

job Approval / Disapproval
Pres. Obama: 56 / 44
Gov. Patrick: 46 / 53

 

Comments
Farleftandproud:

Cahill is an idiot of the 1st Degree. He was elected as a Democrat, and once supported Romneycare in Mass. Now he is running as an independent whose agenda sounds to the right of Scott Brown. Patrick is a misunderstood governor, and I think in general there is inate racism that will be much more judgemental on a African American governor than a caucasian one.

Mass. may be known as a liberal state on the surface, but there is more hidden racism and sexism than many states you may think of as more conservative. For instance, women don't have an easy time getting elected in Mass. It wasn't just Coakley, but 8 years ago, Jane Swift, a Republican lost in the primary to Romney, and she didn't have much of a chance to prove herself. Surprisingly, she was also from N. Adams, Mass like Coakley which is a small town in Western Mass.

When I lived near Boston, I recall quite a few racist areas, in Southie and some of the blue color towns just to the north. As usual, you tend to find racism thrives in areas of mostly white less educated areas, near Big cities. It is just as likely in cities like Boston, Philly, and LA as it is in cities like Atlanta or Charlotte, if not more. I think some of the southern cities have more integration in the workplace than I find in the north.

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Westwoodnc Westwoodnc:

Freaking racist Massholes. Did you know that the first sign of racism is voting for a black governor? Then the second sign is voting for a black president? MA's innate racism is in full bloom when they dare vote out a black governor because racism was the reason they elected him in the first place. Duh.

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jmartin4s:

Farleft, Jane Swift didn't run in the primary against Romney, she opted out of running for re-election. However, yes Massachusetts is a very Anti-woman state I do agree.

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JMSTiger:

Farleftandproud-

Is there ever a time where a white voter can have a negative opinion of a black liberal Democratic politician and his or her policies and record and it not be because of racism, in your opinion? You lefties seems to go for the racism crutch very quickly these days. You seem to be totally oblivious as to how hollering "racist!" at anyone who does not agree with the leftist viewpoint actually hurts you very badly politically.

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Aaron_in_TX:

The accusations of racism and reverse-racism have diluted the meaning of the word so that it's now trivial.

It's impossible that race is not a factor in some way re: the opposition to Obama and/or democrats. It cannot be coincidence that the large majority of minorities vote democrat but the majority of whites vote republican.

My dad calls Obama a "damn n***er" regularly and he's found a few kindred spirits in his neighborhood that agree with him. There are a lot of people like this in all parts of the country. I don't think it matters all that much because they probably would hate any democrat. I recall the hatred for Clinton had equal passion, but with the passage of time it seems quaint in memory. Politicians always become statesmen after they've been out of office for some time, provided they don't do anything controversial.

So there is intolerance and race is a factor, but not the primary factor. Being black AND liberal does not help Obama - it simply reinforces the dislike and stereotyping, particularly with the communist references in my opinion. Blacks as a marginalized population were always more amenable to leftist movements like communism or socialism that promised greater equality. Just look at what Martin Luther King was involved in before he was assassinated.

But if it were Hillary Clinton who was president I think her approval rating and the opposition to her would be very similar. The primary problem is a more general form of intolerance.

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Farleftandproud:

I was more or less talking about a certain type of people who live in parts of the Boston area who I have known personally with racial biases. I don't think Mass is as racist as they are sexist. I was just saying that racism exists a lot more in places where people wouldn't expect it. In Boston they practically had riots over bussing African American kids into white schools. Most of this happened around Southie.

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Farleftandproud:

Of course a white voter can have a negative opinion of a black politician. Hey, I have a negative opinion about Clarence Thomas, and think he is a lousy supreme court justice but that doesn't make me a racist.

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Rockym92:

Farleft, Patrick won the governorship in 2006 by a massive landslide, Obama won the state in 2008 by a massive landslide.

There are racist people in every state, and in every city or town. Singling out southie is dumb. Are only white people racist? When is the last time you walked through Mattapan, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain or Dorchester? (all of which are within a few miles of southie) Walk a few miles through those neighborhoods and see how many times you get called "white boy", "cracker" or whatever. Ive spent plenty of time in the Boston communities and southie is not even close to the most racist, though there certainly are plenty of racist people in the area.

If Patrick loses the election, it will have nothing to do with racism, and you know it.

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