While the current election cycle is shaping up to be a grim one for Democrats nationwide, two new polls suggest the party is poised for a series of big wins in Massachusetts this November.
One poll of likely Massachusetts voters, conducted by the Suffolk University Political Research Center from Oct. 13-16, shows Democrat Maura Healey leading Republican Geoff Diehl by 23 percentage points in the governor's race. A second survey, which MassINC Polling Group conducted from Oct. 5-14, puts Healey's lead at 30 points.
The Suffolk poll also shows Democratic candidates with substantial leads in the other statewide races. Andrea Campbell, the party's nominee for attorney general, leads Republican Jay McMahon by 20 points. Bill Galvin, the incumbent secretary of state, leads Republican challenger Rayla Campbell by 27 points. Diana DiZoglio, the Democratic candidate for state auditor, leads Republican Anthony Amore by 15 points. And in the treasurer's race, Democrat Deborah Goldberg leads Libertarian Cristina Crawford by 27 points.
Both polls also sized up where voters stand on two statewide ballot questions.
On Ballot Question 1, where a "yes" vote would implement a new 4% surtax on that portion of incomes over $1 million, MassINC found the "yes" side leading by 28 points, while Suffolk put "yes" ahead by 21 points.
And on Ballot Question 4, where a "yes" vote would preserve a new law that will let immigrants living in the country illegally apply for driver's licenses if they meet certain requirements, MassINC found "yes" leading by 12 points and Suffolk found "yes" with a 17-point cushion.