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Suffolk University/7NEWS Likely General Election Voters

9/13 – 9/16

MA Statewide
GEOC

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Worcester/West .................................
NE .............................................
Suffolk ........................................
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Hello, my name is __________ and I am conducting a survey for 7NEWS/Suffolk
University and I would like to get your opinions on some political questions.
Would you be willing to spend 5 minutes answering some questions? {QUOTA/SCREEN}
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600 100%
147 25%
210 35%
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192 32%

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GENDR
Gender
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Male ...........................................
Female .........................................

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600 100%
287 48%
313 52%

S1. Thank You. Are you currently registered to vote?
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Yes ............................................
No .............................................

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600 100%
600 100%
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S2. How likely are you to vote this November - very likely, somewhat likely,
50-50, not very likely, or not at all likely?
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Very likely .................................... 1
Somewhat likely ................................ 2
50-50 .......................................... 3
Not very likely ................................ 4
Not at all likely .............................. 5
Undecided/Refused .............................. 6

600 100%
574 96%
26
4%
0
0%
0
0%
0
0%
0
0%

S3. Are you currently registered as a Democrat, Republican, or Unenrolled/
Independent?
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Democrat ....................................... 1
Republican ..................................... 2
Unenrolled/Independent ......................... 3
Other .......................................... 4
Undecided/Refused/Not registered ............... 5

600 100%
218 36%
70 12%
308 51%
4
1%
0
0%

S4. What is your age category?
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18-24 yrs ......................................
25-34 yrs ......................................
35-44 yrs ......................................
45-54 yrs ......................................
55-64 yrs ......................................
65-74 yrs ......................................
75+ yrs ........................................
Refused (DO NOT READ) ..........................

600 100%
37
6%
72 12%
114 19%
122 20%
113 19%
86 14%
53
9%
3
1%

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S5. For statistical purposes only, can you please tell me what your ethnic
background / ancestry is?
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White/Caucasian ................................ 1
Black/African-American ......................... 2
American Indian and Alaska Native .............. 3
Asian .......................................... 4
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander ..... 5
Hispanic/Latino ................................ 6
Other (DO NOT READ) ............................ 7
Refused/Don't know (DO NOT READ) ............... 8

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Great, I am going to read you a list of individuals in state and national

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Suffolk University/7NEWS Likely General Election Voters

9/13 – 9/16

politics. For each, please tell me if your opinion of them is generally
favorable or generally unfavorable. If you are undecided or if you have never
heard of someone, just tell me that. First take Deval Patrick.
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Q1. Is your opinion of Deval Patrick generally favorable or generally
unfavorable?
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Never heard of ................................. 1
Favorable ...................................... 2
Unfavorable .................................... 3
Heard of undecided ............................. 4

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17
3%
355 59%
183 31%
45
8%

Q2. Is your opinion of Scott Brown generally favorable or generally
unfavorable?
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Never heard of ................................. 1
Favorable ...................................... 2
Unfavorable .................................... 3
Heard of undecided ............................. 4

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6
1%
359 60%
176 29%
59 10%

Q3. Is your opinion of Elizabeth Warren generally favorable or generally
unfavorable?
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Never heard of ................................. 1
Favorable ...................................... 2
Unfavorable .................................... 3
Heard of undecided ............................. 4

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12
2%
311 52%
196 33%
81 14%

Q4. Is your opinion of Mitt Romney generally favorable or generally
unfavorable?
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Never heard of ................................. 1
Favorable ...................................... 2
Unfavorable .................................... 3
Heard of undecided ............................. 4

600 100%
2
0%
191 32%
362 60%
45
8%

Q5. Is your opinion of Barack Obama generally favorable or
unfavorable?
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Never heard of .................................
Favorable ......................................
Unfavorable ....................................
Heard of undecided .............................

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379 63%
182 30%
39
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Q6. If the General Election for United States Senate were held today and the
candidates were Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren for whom
would you vote or towards whom do you lean at this time?
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Brown-Republican ............................... 1
Warren-Democrat ................................ 2
Other (DO NOT READ) ............................ 3
Undecided (DO NOT READ) ........................ 4
Refused (DO NOT READ) .......................... 5

600 100%
264 44%
288 48%
2
0%
46
8%
0
0%

Q7. Is your vote more a vote FOR Brown or AGAINST Warren?
{BASE: BROWN Voters}
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For Brown ......................................
Against Warren .................................

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264 100%
224 85%
40 15%

Q8. Is your vote more a vote FOR Warren or AGAINST Brown?
{BASE: WARREN Voters}
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For Warren .....................................
Against Brown ..................................

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288 100%
247 86%
41 14%

Q9. Of the four options, would your vote be FOR Brown, FOR Warren, AGAINST
Brown or AGAINST Warren, thinking about how you feel today?

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{BASE: Undecided/Other Voters}
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For Brown ......................................
For Warren .....................................
Against Brown ..................................
Against Warren .................................

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48 100%
19 40%
19 40%
8 17%
2
4%

Q10. What is the first word or phrase that comes to your mind when you hear
the name Scott Brown?
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“Acceptable/Ok”................................. 01
“Balanced”...................................... 02
“Bi-partisan”................................... 03
“Conservative”.................................. 04
“Dependable”.................................... 05
“Fair”.......................................... 06
“For the people”................................ 07
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“Fraud/Phony”................................... 08
“Genuine”....................................... 09
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“Good guy”...................................... 10
“Handsome/Model”................................ 11
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“Honest/Integrity”.............................. 12
“Insincere”..................................... 13
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“Independent”................................... 14
“Intelligent”................................... 15
“Leader”........................................ 16
“Liar”.......................................... 17
“Likeable”...................................... 18
“Local”......................................... 19
“Moderate/Middle of the road”................... 20
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“Nice”.......................................... 21
“Pick-up truck”................................. 22
“Politician”.................................... 23
“Realistic”..................................... 24
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“Republican”.................................... 25
“Senator”....................................... 26
“Slick”......................................... 27
“Trustworthy”................................... 28
“Untrustworthy”................................. 29
“Big business”.................................. 30
“Unfavorable of women/Votes against women”...... 31
“Go getter/Hard working”........................ 32
“Wishy washy”................................... 33
“Good job”...................................... 34
“Compromiser”................................... 35
“His wife/Family”............................... 36
“New/Breath of fresh air”....................... 37
“Confused”...................................... 38
Other
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Don't know/Refused ............................. 99

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10
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119 20%
116 19%

Q11. What is the first word or phrase that comes to your mind when you hear
the name Elizabeth Warren?
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“Advocate”...................................... 01
“Barack Obama”.................................. 02
“Change”........................................ 03
“Committed”..................................... 04
“Competent”..................................... 05
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“Consumer protection”........................... 06
“Democrat”...................................... 07
“Educated/Smart/Intelligent”.................... 08
“Fair”.......................................... 09
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“Fighter”....................................... 10
“Genuine”....................................... 11
“Go getter/Hard working”........................ 12
“Good”.......................................... 13
“Helpful”....................................... 14
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“Honest/Integrity”.............................. 15
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“Liar”.......................................... 16
“Liberal”....................................... 17
“Likeable”...................................... 18
“Not ready”..................................... 19
“Positive”...................................... 20
“Progressive”................................... 21
“Sincere”....................................... 22
“Strong”........................................ 23
“Too liberal”................................... 24
“Untrustworthy”................................. 25

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“Woman”.........................................
“Smart”.........................................
“Dishonest”.....................................
“Don't like/Not appealing”......................
“Helping the middle class”......................
“Fraud/Fake”....................................
“Indian/Cherokee”...............................
“Financial Reform”..............................
“Negative”......................................
“Professor”.....................................
“Inexperienced”.................................
“Old school”....................................
“I like her”....................................
Other
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Don't know/Refused .............................

Q12. Who do you trust more to tell the truth <ROTATE>?
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Brown ..........................................
Warren .........................................
Undecided (DO NOT READ) ........................
Refused (DO NOT READ) ..........................

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600 100%
246 41%
225 38%
122 20%
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Q13. Who do you think better represents the interests of middle-class
families <ROTATE>?
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Brown .......................................... 1
Warren ......................................... 2
Undecided (DO NOT READ) ........................ 3
Refused (DO NOT READ) .......................... 4

600 100%
249 42%
292 49%
59 10%
0
0%

Q14. Who do you think will be a more independent U.S. Senator <ROTATE>?
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Brown .......................................... 1
Warren ......................................... 2
Undecided (DO NOT READ) ........................ 3
Refused (DO NOT READ) .......................... 4

600 100%
300 50%
227 38%
68 11%
5
1%

Q15. Who do you think is running a better campaign <ROTATE>?
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Brown .......................................... 1
Warren ......................................... 2
Undecided (DO NOT READ) ........................ 3
Refused (DO NOT READ) .......................... 4

600 100%
292 49%
149 25%
157 26%
2
0%

Q16 Who do you think better represents the interests of Massachusetts <ROTATE>?
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Brown .......................................... 1
Warren ......................................... 2
Undecided (DO NOT READ) ........................ 3
Refused (DO NOT READ) .......................... 4

600 100%
278 46%
237 40%
85 14%
0
0%

Q17. If you were a student, who would you rather have as a
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Brown ..........................................
Warren .........................................
Undecided ......................................
(DO NOT READ) Refused ..........................

600 100%
235 39%
293 49%
70 12%
2
0%

teacher <ROTATE>?
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Q18. Are you aware of the recent controversy concerning Elizabeth Warren and
her Native American heritage?
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Yes ............................................ 1
No ............................................. 2
Undecided (DO NOT READ) ........................ 3

600 100%
474 79%
120 20%
6
1%

Q19. Do you think Elizabeth Warren benefited by listing herself as a minority
hire?
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Yes ............................................ 1
No ............................................. 2

474 100%
150 32%
259 55%

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Undecided (DO NOT READ) ........................

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9/13 – 9/16
65

14%

Q20. Elizabeth Warren frequently calls Scott Brown one of Wall Street's
favorite Senators. Do you believe a vote for Scott Brown is a vote for Wall
Street?
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Yes ............................................ 1
No ............................................. 2
Undecided (DO NOT READ) ........................ 3

600 100%
203 34%
330 55%
67 11%

Q21. Does the recent national controversy over abortion make you more likely
or less likely to vote for Scott Brown?
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More likely .................................... 1
Less likely .................................... 2
No difference .................................. 3
Undecided ...................................... 4

600 100%
67 11%
215 36%
251 42%
67 11%

Q22. Do you think Scott Brown is anti-women?
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Yes ............................................
No .............................................
Undecided ......................................

600 100%
83 14%
467 78%
50
8%

Q23. Overall, do you think Massachusetts is heading in the
is on the wrong track?
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Right direction ................................
Wrong track ....................................
Undecided (DO NOT READ) ........................

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600 100%
335 56%
185 31%
80 13%

Q24. There are four candidates listed for President on the Massachusetts
Ballot: Gary Johnson-Libertarian Party, Barack Obama-Democratic Party, Mitt
Romney-Republican Party, and Jill Stein-Green Party. If the General Election
for President were held today for whom would you vote or towards whom do you
lean at this time - Johnson, Obama, Romney, or Stein?
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Johnson - Libertarian .......................... 1
Obama - Democrat ............................... 2
Romney - Republican ............................ 3
Stein - Green .................................. 4
(DO NOT READ) Undecided ........................ 5
(DO NOT READ) REFUSED .......................... 6

600 100%
4
1%
381 64%
183 31%
10
2%
22
4%
0
0%

Q25. Regardless of whom you will support in the General Election for President
who do you think will be elected the next President of the United States-Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
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Obama .......................................... 1
Romney ......................................... 2
Undecided (DO NOT READ) ........................ 3
Refused (DO NOT READ) .......................... 4

600 100%
421 70%
110 18%
67 11%
2
0%

Q26. Earlier you said you will be voting for both President Obama and
Elizabeth Warren. If the President was not on the ballot this year, how, if at
all, would that change your vote for Senate?
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Still vote for Warren .......................... 1
Would consider Scott Brown ..................... 2
(DO NOT READ) Undecided ........................ 3
(DO NOT READ) Refused .......................... 4

273 100%
245 90%
14
5%
14
5%
0
0%

Q27.
There are three statewide ballot questions by initiative petitions.
Question #1 is the Availability of Motor Vehicle Repair Information Proposed
Law. A YES VOTE would enact the proposed law requiring auto manufacturers to
allow owners and independent repair facilities to have access to the same
vehicle diagnostic and repair information made available to the manufacturers'
Massachusetts dealers and authorized repair facilities. A NO VOTE would make
change in existing laws. At this point would you vote yes or no?
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Yes ............................................
No .............................................
(DO NOT READ) Undecided ........................
(DO NOT READ) Refused ..........................

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12%
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Q28.
Question #2 is the Prescribing Medication to End Life Proposed Law. A YES
VOTE would enact the proposed law allowing a physician licensed in
Massachusetts to prescribe medication, at the request of a terminally-ill
patient meeting certain conditions, to end that person's life. A NO VOTE would
make no change in existing laws. At this point would you vote yes or no?
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Yes ............................................ 1
382 64%
No ............................................. 2
164 27%
(DO NOT READ) Undecided ........................ 3
51
9%
(DO NOT READ) Refused .......................... 4
3
1%

Q29. Question #3 is the Medical Use of Marijuana Proposed Law. A YES VOTE
would enact the proposed law eliminating state criminal and civil penalties
related to the medical use of marijuana allowing patients meeting certain
conditions to obtain marijuana produced and distributed by new state-regulated
centers or, in specific hardship cases, to grow marijuana for their own use. A
NO VOTE would make no change in existing laws. At this point would you vote
yes or no?
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Yes ............................................ 1
No ............................................. 2
(DO NOT READ) Undecided ........................ 3
(DO NOT READ) Refused .......................... 4

600 100%
352 59%
208 35%
37
6%
3
1%

Q30. Currently Massachusetts has one Democratic Senator (John Kerry) and one
Republican Senator (Scott Brown). Do you think that there is a benefit by
having one Democratic and one Republican U.S. Senator representing
Massachusetts in Washington?
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Yes ............................................ 1
No ............................................. 2
Undecided (DO NOT READ) ........................ 3
Refused (DO NOT READ) .......................... 4

600 100%
299 50%
271 45%
30
5%
0
0%

DEMOS
THE FINAL TWO QUESTIONS WILL HELP US CLASSIFY YOUR ANSWERS WITH OTHERS TAKING
THE SURVEY
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Q31. Are there any members of your household who are union
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Yes ............................................
No .............................................
Undecided (DO NOT READ) ........................

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132 22%
467 78%
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0%

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123 21%
477 80%
0
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Q32. Do you currently have children in the school system?
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Yes ............................................
No .............................................
Undecided (DO NOT READ) ........................

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members?