Internal Poll Shows Marty Walsh with Sky-High Favorability

The mayor's looking strong heading into 2017.

Photo via Mayor's Office/Isabel Leon

Photo via Mayor’s Office/Isabel Leon

Despite a rocky few months, Mayor Marty Walsh is still enjoying exceptionally high favorables among likely voters, according to an internal poll leaked this week.

The poll places Walsh’s favorability at 74 percent, higher than two recent measurements of Gov. Charlie Baker’s popularity—70 percent per a Morning Consult poll, and 64 percent according to MassINC and WBUR.

Walsh’s poll, conducted by Global Strategy Group and released a year ahead of his first reelection bid, surveyed 404 likely voters between September 12 and 14, with a 4.9-percent margin of error.

Walsh’s unfavorability sits at 16 percent, even after the federal indictments of two top aides on extortion charges, the messy unraveling of the IndyCar race, and the one-year anniversary of Boston 2024’s demise. Seventy-seven percent of respondents rated the mayor’s performance as excellent or good

The poll gives Walsh’s camp little reason to sweat as 2017 approaches. As noted by Politico‘s Lauren Dezenski, Walsh enjoys nearly 70-percent favorability in City Councilor Tito Jackson’s district, even after the Herald went all-in on speculation of a challenge from Jackson.