Vicki Kennedy is the first choice of Massachusetts Democrats as their Senate candidate for 2012, although there is no overwhelming favorite and a fair number of potential contenders have double digit support.
22% say they hope Kennedy will be their nominee. Barney Frank is next at 17%, followed by Mike Capuano at 15%, and Deval Patrick at 13%. Polling in single digits are Stephen Lynch and Ed Markey at 7%, Tom Menino at 3%, and Tim Murray at just 1%.
There is a pretty meaningful ideological split in the numbers. Frank is the first choice of liberals with 29% picking him to 16% who say Kennedy and 14% who want Capuano. There are actually more Massachusetts Democrats who identify themselves as moderates though and 26% of them go for Kennedy to 17% for Capuano and 10% for Lynch with Frank all the way back in single digits at 8%.
These numbers just serve to further confirm what we already knew- the nomination contest in Massachusetts is about as wide open as it could be. We didn't test Frank in the general election on this poll but we will the next time we take a look at the state.
The preferences of Republican voters in the state for their 2012 Presidential nominee are not surprisingly quite lopsided in favor of former Governor Mitt Romney. 47% of GOP primary voters say they'd like him to be the nominee to 12% for Sarah Palin, 11% for Newt Gingrich, and 10% for Mike Huckabee. There's not much else to say about that...
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