In a display of continued forward momentum, the latest Boston mayoral poll conducted in tandem by Suffolk University and the Boston Herald reaffirms that Marty Walsh is still leading John Connolly by a 46-43 percent margin. Prior to this tally, a similar one conducted by UMass Amherst showed Walsh’s lead was as wide as 7-points.
The survey was taken of 555 “very likely Boston voters” and most strikingly showed Walsh’s favor among the minority demographics. “African American, Hispanic and other minority voters” preferred Walsh to Connolly by 50-37 percent. To date, he’s garnered significant endorsements from the non-white community, including most recently former mayoral candidate Mel King, third place mayoral finisher Charlotte Golar Richie, City Councilor Felix Arroyo, former school committee member John Barros, State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, and Revered Jeffrey Brown.
Only 9 percent of those who participated are still undecided on a candidate.
Though Walsh’s 3-point overall lead in this poll falls within the measure’s margin of error, it marks the second consecutive poll in which the State Representative and former union official is the clear frontrunner, the first time such an occurrence has taken place for Walsh. Besides these, John Connolly has led in virtually every other poll conducted, though his grasp on the lead has steadily loosened every time until he was finally lapped by Walsh.
The race is sure to remain this tight, if not tighter, in the days leading up to the election on Tuesday, November 5. Even BostInno’s own one-or-the-other poll on the homepage shows Walsh leading with a mere 2-point margin. But in the meantime, be sure to check back for the latest details and information from the campaign trail as both candidates vie to succeed Mayor Tom Menino in his City Hall Office.