Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is in a strong position heading into the state's Democratic Senate primary 16 days from now, but nearly 75 percent of likely voters still remain undecided according to the latest poll.
Asked who they would support if the primary was held today, 43 percent of respondents selected Coakley. Rep. Michael Capuano attracted 22 percent support, Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca took 15 percent and Alan Khazei, the co-founder of the nonprofit City Year, had 6 percent support.
The poll was commissioned by the Boston Globe.
“Things could change, but it would have to go really sour for her over the next few weeks,’’ said Andrew E. Smith, director of the Survey Center at the University of New Hampshire, which conducted the poll.
Coakley also had strong name recognition and favorability numbers. 91 percent said they recognized her and 71 percent viewed her favorably. The candidates are vying for the seat of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) who passed away in August. Sen. Paul Kirk (D-Mass.) is serving as Kenedy's replacement but is not seeking reelection.
The poll, however, showed many voters are still undecided. Only 26 percent said they had decided on a candidate and 24 percent said they leaning toward a candidate.