December 4, 2023


Gov. Maura Healey’s approval ranking stays unchanged and excessive, however Bay Staters have some considerations.

Gov. Maura Healey’s approval ranking was at 58%, in response to the most recent UMass Amherst/WCVB ballot. However respondents had been nervous concerning the state of housing and Healey’s dealing with of it. David L Ryan/Boston Globe

Greater than half of voting-age Bay Staters approve of Maura Healey’s efficiency as Massachusetts governor, however some unfixed points within the commonwealth weighed heavy on voters’ minds, in response to the most recent UMass Amherst/WCVB ballot.

Launched Monday, the ballot surveyed 700 residents from Oct. 13 to Oct. 20, with 58% approving of Healey’s efficiency. Barely greater than 1 / 4 disapproved of Healey, whereas 15% mentioned they didn’t know in the event that they authorized or disapproved. 

Healey’s approval ranking was simply 1% decrease in April, the final time UMass Amherst/WCVB carried out the ballot. Jesse Rhodes, a political science professor at UMass Amherst, informed that Healey’s unchanged approval ranking is perhaps essentially the most attention-grabbing knowledge level to return out of the brand new ballot and subsequently shouldn’t be understated.

“That’s truly a not-insignificant achievement,” Rhodes mentioned. “She’s needed to make extra selections. She’s additionally needed to cope with each long-standing points inside the state, resembling transportation and housing, but in addition the emergence of very new however salient points, resembling a fairly important enhance in migrants, immigrants, and asylum seekers inside the state.”

Not stunning, these had been a few of the high points that involved respondents and that they thought — regardless of her regular general approval ranking — Healey had not carried out sufficient to appropriate.

Respondents had been requested to choose one subject out of 9 that they imagine must be addressed, with 31% selecting housing scarcity and affordability. The subsequent highest was immigration at 12%.

When requested how nicely Healey is doing at addressing the housing subject, solely 6% mentioned very nicely and 22% for considerably nicely. The share of respondents who answered “not too nicely” and “not nicely in any respect” had been larger — 27% and 24%, respectively — whereas 22% mentioned they didn’t know. 

In previous polls, Rhodes mentioned housing points have been a high motive residents have thought of leaving the state.

A number of the survey was carried out earlier than Healey unveiled a $4 billion housing bond invoice that goals to make inexpensive housing extra out there within the state, by way of modified coverage round switch charges and zoning ordinances. The invoice nonetheless should get approval from the state legislature, and it’s anticipated that the invoice received’t earn help from actual property teams, Axios Boston stories. 

The invoice — and folks’s worries about Massachusetts housing — come at a time when the median price of a single-family dwelling within the state is greater than $600,000, and in Better Boston is slightly below $800,000. 

The provision of inexpensive housing has vied with one other subject on voters’ minds: the migrant disaster.

Of the 700 respondents who gave their ideas about how nicely Healey was dealing with the surge in migrants coming to Massachusetts, 7% mentioned very nicely, 31% mentioned considerably nicely, 15% mentioned not too nicely, and 26% mentioned not nicely in any respect. A fifth of residents surveyed mentioned they didn’t know. 

Simply final week Healey mentioned throughout a press convention that the state had no extra room for extra migrants looking for shelter and once more known as on the Biden administration for help to accommodate the hundreds of households in want. 

Some respondents had been additionally not too happy with the present state of transportation and the MBTA. However as Politico factors out, lots of the present transit and infrastructure points had been ones Healey was saddled with from the earlier administration. 

On the subject of Healey’s predecessor, the ballot requested the 700 surveyed how they really feel the present Democratic governor has dealt with Massachusetts’s high points in comparison with former Republican Gov. Charlie Baker. 

Respondents mentioned Baker did a greater job with the financial system and taxes, whereas Healey has carried out a greater job dealing with local weather change and reproductive rights. 

Nonetheless, the ballot additionally captured extra optimistic than adverse responses when it got here to ideas on the financial system underneath Healey. 

Of the 700 respondents requested concerning the financial system, 10% mentioned Healey is dealing with it very nicely, 38% mentioned considerably nicely, 12% mentioned not too nicely, and 20% mentioned not nicely in any respect. A fifth responded that they didn’t know. 

“The Massachusetts financial system has been pretty sturdy and at or above the expansion charges for the nation as a complete,” Rhodes mentioned. “While you see that taking place, individuals are going to be pretty happy with the financial system within the state.”

Healey additionally earned equally excessive marks when it got here to schooling. 

And when in comparison with different public officers, resembling U.S. senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, your complete state legislature, and state Legal professional Basic Andrea Campbell, Healey’s approval ranking of 58% ranked on the high.

When taking a look at a breakdown of the Bay Staters polled, 52% had been ladies, 41% had been older than 55, the bulk had a university or postgraduate diploma, most voted Democrat — 67% for Biden within the 2020 presidential election — and 78% had been white.