The voters of Mass. divided over Biden’s handling of Ukraine and the economy

A new poll suggests voters in Massachusetts still have mixed feelings about President Joe Biden’s performance.

Biden’s top marks in the new survey of likely voters in Massachusetts, conducted by pollster Advantage Inc., were for his response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with 55.7% of respondents approving.

“Even if people don’t see this as something where the United States gets directly involved, there’s a bit more, a bit more support for the president there. Not a lot, but a bump,” he said. said Advantage Inc. Vice President Jim Eltringham during an online press conference introducing the survey.

Overall, Biden’s approval in Massachusetts stands at 53.9% with 44.3% disapproval, up slightly from a February survey from the same firm showing Biden with 52% dissent. approval. On inflation, voters are nearly split, with 48.4% disapproving of Biden’s performance and 48.3% supporting him.

In the race to succeed Governor Charlie Baker as the state’s chief justice, Attorney General Maura Healey maintains a solid lead against her remaining Democratic rival and potential Republican general election challengers. Healey received 31% support in the survey, with Republican Geoff Diehl garnering 14%. Republican businessman Chris Doughty, a moderate GOP challenger for Diehl, received 3.3% support. Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, a Democrat, came in fourth with 1.2% support. Healey had 29.2% support in the February poll. Diehl and Doughty had 13.5% and 1.7% support respectively in February and Chang-Diaz recorded 1.9%.

Still, more than half of those polled either had no preference or were still deciding on the next governor.

“A good part of that is that it’s March, the election doesn’t happen until November. People start to think about it a little more over the summer,” Eltringham said.

The poll found that the economy is the most important topic on the minds of gubernatorial voters.

The poll also asked about the potential upcoming ballot question on whether taxi drivers and other gig economy workers should be exempt from labor laws so they can remain classified as independent contractors instead of full company employees, with all the wage protections and benefits that come with full employment.

Overall, 35.9% support the ballot measure and 34.7% disapprove of it.

Nearly half of Democrats, 42.6%, support the position of Uber, Lyft, DoorDash and other app-based companies to keep the self-employed in exchange for limited new benefits. But 32.8% of Democrats polled side with the unions against the ballot issue.

Christi C. Elwood