Suffolk University/USA TODAY polls

Aug. 20, 2014
Incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan is clinging to a 2-point lead over Republican challenger and North Carolina General Assembly Speaker Thom Tillis, according to a Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll of likely general-election voters. Hagan led Tillis 45 percent to 43 percent, with 5 percent choosing Libertarian Sean Haugh, 5 percent undecided, and 1 percent refusing to state a choice.
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Aug. 27, 2014
Republican Joni Ernst and Democrat Bruce Braley are deadlocked in the race for U.S. Senate, according to a Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll of likely general-election voters in Iowa. Ernst and Braley were tied at 40 percent, followed by Independent Party candidate Rick Stewart at 2 percent, and, with 1 percent each, Bob Quast of the Bob Quast for Term Limits party, Libertarian Douglas Butzier and independent Ruth Smith. Fifteen percent of respondents were undecided.
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Sept. 11, 2014
Congressman Gary Peters is leading former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land by 9 points in the race for the Great Lakes State’s U.S. Senate seat, according to a Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll of likely general-election voters. The survey also revealed Republican indecision about the presidential race two years out and voter confidence that the state’s economy is improving.
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Sept. 17, 2014
Democratic incumbent Mark Udall and Republican challenger Cory Gardner are locked in a statistical dead heat in the Colorado race for U.S. Senate, according to the latest Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll. The poll of likely voters in the general election shows Gardner backed by 43 percent and Udall by 42 percent, a difference that is well within the poll’s 4.4 percent margin of error. Another 10 percent of likely voters remain undecided, and four independent and third-party candidates were in low single digits. The Colorado race for governor also is neck-and-neck, with 43 percent of respondents supporting Democratic incumbent John Hickenlooper and 41 percent backing Republican Bob Beauprez, a former congressman, with 10 percent of likely voters undecided. This race also had four additional candidates in single digits.
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Sept. 24, 2014
In a tight race for U.S. Senate in Arkansas, two-term Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor (45 percent) is ahead of Republican Congressman Tom Cotton (43 percent), but his lead is within the margin of error, with relatively few undecided voters (7 percent), according to the latest Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll of likely voters in the general election. Similarly, the race for governor is a statistical dead heat, with former congressmen Asa Hutchinson (43 percent), a Republican, leading Democrat Mike Ross, (41 percent), with 11 percent undecided in the survey conducted by the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston.
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Oct. 1, 2014
Independent businessman and political enigma Greg Orman (46 percent) is leading three-term Republican incumbent Pat Roberts (41 percent) in the race for U.S. Senate in Kansas, with 11 percent undecided, according to the latest Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll of likely voters in the general election. In the race for governor, Democratic state Rep. Paul Davis (46 percent) is leading incumbent Sam Brownback (42 percent), a Republican, with 6 percent undecided in the survey conducted by the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston.
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Oct. 8, 2014
Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan retains the 2 point lead over Republican challenger and North Carolina General Assembly Speaker Thom Tillis that she had when a similar poll was taken in August, according to a Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll of likely voters in the Nov. 4 general election. Hagan led Tillis 47 percent to 45 percent, including leaners, with 4 percent choosing Libertarian Sean Haugh and 3 percent undecided. Initially Hagan and Tillis were tied at 45 percent, but when undecided respondents were asked who they would vote for if they were standing in the voting booth today, more chose Hagan, giving her the lead, although still within the margin of error.
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Oct. 15, 2014
Republican Joni Ernst (47 percent) led Democrat Bruce Braley (43 percent) in the race for U.S. Senate in Iowa, according to a Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll of likely general election voters. Ernst and Braley were followed by Independent Party candidate Rick Stewart, Bob Quast of the Bob Quast for Term Limits party and Libertarian Douglas Butzier at 1 percent each. Butzier, an emergency medicine physician and president of the medical staff at Mercy Center-Dubuque, died in a plane crash Monday. Ruth Smith, an independent, who also is on the Iowa ballot, received less than 1 percent. Seven percent of the respondents were undecided.
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Oct. 22, 2014
Democratic incumbent Mark Udall now trails Republican challenger Cory Gardner by 7 points in the Colorado race for U.S. Senate, according to the latest Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll. The poll of likely voters in the general election shows 46 percent backing Gardner and Udall with 39 percent, with 9 percent undecided and 6 percent spread among four independent and third-party candidates. The Colorado race for governor continues to be a close race, with former Congressman Bob Beauprez, a Republican, leading Democratic incumbent John Hickenlooper 45 percent to 43 percent, with 8 percent undecided. Beauprez is gaining while Hickenlooper’s numbers have not moved from a month ago, when he led Beauprez 43 percent to 41 percent.
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Oct. 27, 2014
Incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu (36 percent) is in the fight of her political life as she leads Republican challengers Bill Cassidy (35 percent) and Rob Maness (11 percent) in the Louisiana race for U.S. Senate, according to a Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll of likely voters. Five other candidates listed on the Louisiana ballot are each polling at 1 percent or less, while 14 percent were undecided and 1 percent refused a response.
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Suffolk University/Boston Herald polling: Aug. 25 -Nov. 3, 2014

With just a day to go before the 2014 Massachusetts gubernatorial election, Republican Charlie Baker led Democrat Martha Coakley in two Massachusetts bellwether areas, although the margins are very close in both, according to Suffolk University/Boston Herald bellwether polls taken in Waltham and Gloucester over the weekend. In New Hampshire, two Suffolk University/Boston Herald bellwether surveys found incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, leading former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, a Republican, in the midterm election for Senate. – Nov. 3, 2014
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The race for Massachusetts governor is a statistical dead heat, with Republican Charlie Baker (46 percent) edging Democrat Martha Coakley (43 percent) by 3 points in a new Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll of very likely voters in next Tuesday’s statewide election. United Independent Party candidate Evan Falchuk polled just under 3 percent, with Jeff McCormick at 2 percent, and Scott Lively at 1 percent. Six percent were undecided. – Oct. 30, 2014
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With just two weeks to go before the New Hampshire general election, incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen leads challenger Scott Brown 49 percent to 46 percent, with Brown viewed more unfavorably than favorably, according to a Suffolk University/Boston Herald statewide poll of likely New Hampshire voters. Nearly six percent are undecided. – Oct. 20, 2014
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The race for Massachusetts governor is a statistical dead heat, with Democrat Martha Coakley (43.8 percent) and Republican Charlie Baker (43.2 percent) less than a point apart in a new Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll of likely voters in the November statewide election. Eight percent were undecided. – Sept. 29, 2014
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With the race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination to be decided in tomorrow’s state primaries, Attorney General Martha Coakley led Treasurer Steve Grossman and former Medicare and Medicaid head Donald Berwick in bellwether polls taken in Hull and Randolph over the weekend. – Sept. 8, 2014
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Attorney General Martha Coakley (42 percent) leads her closest rival, Treasurer Steven Grossman (30 percent) by 12 points, according to a Suffolk University/Boston Herald statewide poll of tightly screened likely Democratic primary voters. Donald Berwick received 16 percent, and 12 percent were undecided. – Aug. 25, 2014
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Suffolk University/Boston Herald statewide poll of likely New Hampshire voters: Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen leads challenger Scott Brown 49 percent to 39 percent, with Brown, a Republican and former U.S. senator from Massachusetts, viewed more unfavorably than positively. – June 19, 2014
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Romney to Rescue as Scott Brown flounders in Suffolk Poll
Suffolk-Herald poll looks north of border”
N.H. warming to Obamacare; Poll: 42 percent rate health care law ‘generally good’
“Romney crushes GOP prez field in N.H. poll”
Hot Mitt will hit Granite State to boost Scott’s struggling bid”
Director of the Political Research Center David Paleologos: “Math gets dicey for Brown with Libertarian in the equation”
Vice President of Government and Community Relations John Nucci: “Seems there’s just no pleasing those Granite State folks”
“Help me, Mitt”

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Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll: Support for casinos in Massachusetts is declining, with more voters opposed than in favor of them. The survey also shows Democrat Martha Coakley leading Republican Charlie Baker in the gubernatorial race, but by a smaller margin than in February. – June 9, 2014
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David Paleologos, director of the Political Research Center: “Baker fails to break out while AG dips; But he leads among those eyeing gov race ‘very closely’”
“Poll shows odds don’t favor casinos”: VP of Government & Community Affairs John Nucci

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Iowa State Sen. Joni Ernst is outpacing four rivals for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination on the eve of the June 3 Iowa primary, according to a Suffolk University bellwether ID poll of tightly screened Republican primary voters in Black Hawk, Boone and Washington counties. – June 2, 2014
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Suffolk University Poll Shows Jeb Bush & Rick Perry Leading GOP Presidential Pack in Minnesota –
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Suffolk University Iowa Poll Shows Hillary Clinton Strong and GOP Field Scattered in Advance of Caucuses – April 9, 2014
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Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll shows Shaheen with strong lead over Scott Brown and others in N.H. Senate race – March 6, 2014
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Political Research Center Director David Paleologos: “Rocky for Brown in Granite State”
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Vice President for Government and Community Affairs John Nucci: “N.H. voters don’t trust Mass. ‘carpetbagger’”
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Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll shows Coakley leading Democratic rivals and GOP’s Baker in race for governor – Feb. 4, 2014
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