Marty Walsh Is Polling 31 Points Ahead of Tito Jackson

Not good news for the city councilor.

Photo via Mayor’s Office/Jeremiah Robinson

Unless something major changes between now and the election in November, things are not looking good for Tito Jackson.

A new poll out from Suffolk University and the Boston Globe puts incumbent Marty Walsh 31 points ahead in the race for mayor. Of 500 surveyed, 53.6 percent said they favored Walsh, while 23 percent said they favored Jackson.

The results come after a stretch of less-than-stellar fundraising from the Jackson campaign, which raised just a few hundred dollars since mid-May and faces an opponent with a war chest stocked with millions.

At least part of the problem appears to be name recognition. Pollsters found that almost half of respondents did not know who Jackson is.

This is also a new phase for the councilor. A new campaign manager, TaShonda Vincent-Lee, who was involved in the successful campaign to legalize marijuana in Massachusetts by ballot question, has just been placed in charge.

Jackson last week publicly called out Walsh, challenging him to a debate in a radio interview. Walsh says he plans to participate in three by election day.

In the Suffolk/Globe poll Candidate Robert Cappucci was favored by 4 percent of respondents, and Joseph Wiley, about 1 percent.

A preliminary election will be held September 26, then the top two candidates will advance to the general election November 7.