August 17, 2020

Priorities for Progress Releases Poll on MA Voter Attitudes, Announces Event

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Priorities for Progress Releases Poll on MA Voter Attitudes, Announces Event

 

REMOTE, MASSACHUSETTS - Priorities for Progress today released the first ten questions of a poll conducted August 12 - August 16. Results show voters in September’s Democratic primary voters favor results over ideology, and identify more closely as Obama-Biden Democrats than with new progressive leaders like Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. It also shows a close race for US Senate, with Senator Ed Markey leading Rep. Joe Kennedy 44%-42%. The survey of 558 likely Democratic primary voters has a confidence interval of 4.2% and was conducted by SurveyUSA, which holds an A grade from FiveThirtyEight.

The full results, including Democratic primary matchup for governor in 2022, will be released at a September 15th event reflecting on the state legislative primaries and path forward for Democrats.

The poll shows voters supporting Democrats who prioritize progress over ideology:

  • 74% of likely Democratic voters support a candidate who will “work to find common ground” over one who will “stick to progressive values

  • 72% identify with the Democratic Party of Barack Obama and Joe Biden, versus 17% who identify with the Democratic Party of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and “The Squad

  • 69% identify with the Democratic Party of Barack Obama and Joe Biden, against 22% who identify with the Democratic Party of Bernie Sanders

ABOUT PRIORITIES FOR PROGRESS: In 2018, a group of Democrats began meeting to address the growing distance between “progressive” and “progress”, and between leftist orthodoxy and the median voter. These conversations inspired a blueprint for How a Democrat Can Beat Charlie Baker and a poll featured in a Boston Globe column on how voters want Democrats to Focus on Results

Electorally, the Priorities for Progress Independent Expenditure PAC launched against Republican State Senator Patrick O’Connor of Weymouth, criticizing his previous endorsements by gun lobby groups, previous statements casting doubt on legislation to protect trans people’s civil rights, and sponsorship of legislation banning use of food stamps to buy “luxury food items.” While Senator O’Connor was re-elected, subsequent to this advocacy he disavowed his previous stances on guns and trans rights and chose not to refile his food stamps legislation in 2019.


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