Suffolk University Mayoral Poll: Wu, Janey in the lead: Housing seen as No. 1 issue

Suffolk Poll Mayor's Race
Source: composite from campaign material

Boston voters appear likely to make history by electing the city’s first-ever female mayor this fall, according to a Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll of likely September preliminary election voters taken June 23-26.

Of the eight candidates who will appear on the September 14 preliminary election ballot, voters’ top four choices were women: Boston At-Large Councilor Michelle Wu (23%), Acting Mayor Kim Janey (22%), At-Large Councilor Annissa Essaibi George (14%) and District 4 Councilor Andrea Campbell (11%).

Following the top four were State Representative Jon Santiago (5%), former Chief of Economic Development John Barros (2%), and retired Boston police officer Robert Cappucci and North End resident Richard Spagnuolo, who had a combined 1%. Undecided voters still make up a significant portion of the electorate, at 22%.

“Even though September 14 is just the preliminary election, it promises to be a landmark one for Boston,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center. “With 70% of likely voters already choosing one of the female candidates, it appears the political die has been cast.” The top two vote-getters will face off in the November 2 general election.

Paleologos pointed out that the biggest block of undecided voters is Hispanics, at 33%, adding that “frontrunners have a real opportunity to make their case to this group of voters.”

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