New poll shows Markey with wide lead over Kennedy in Massachusetts

New poll shows Markey with wide lead over Kennedy in Massachusetts
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Sen. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeySenate Democrats to introduce measure taxing major polluters Democrat senators introduce resolution for COVID-19 memorial day Human rights can't be a sacrificial lamb for climate action MORE (D-Mass.) leads primary challenger Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) by double digits, according to a UMass/Amherst poll released Wednesday.

Markey leads Kennedy among Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters 51 percent to 36 percent in the poll, with 12 percent undecided. When Democratic-leaning voters are removed from the sample, Markey expands his lead to 50 percent to 32 percent,  but the percentage of undecideds also increases to 17 percent.

The poll’s results were considerably narrower in February, when Markey led Kennedy only 43 percent to 40 percent. Markey still led slightly but the margin separating the two was the same without leaners, 39 percent to 36 percent.

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Asked which candidate they trusted to handle nine issues, respondents named Markey for all but one. A plurality of voters trusted him most to handle the economy, health care, taxes, education, climate change, President TrumpDonald TrumpMajority of Americans in new poll say it would be bad for the country if Trump ran in 2024 ,800 bottle of whiskey given to Pompeo by Japan is missing Liz Cheney says her father is 'deeply troubled' about the state of the Republican Party MORE, transportation and the coronavirus pandemic. Race relations are the only issue where Kennedy leads, 39 percent to 37 percent.

Sixty-seven percent of respondents said Markey shared their views on the issues facing the nation either “very well” or “somewhat well.” Sixty-three percent said the same of Kennedy. Sixteen percent said Markey did not share their views on those issues at all, compared to 20 percent who said the same of Kennedy.

Pollsters surveyed 500 registered Massachusetts voters between July 31 and Aug. 7, including 199 likely primary voters registered as Democrats and 163 independent likely primary voters. The poll has a 5.9-point margin of error for all registered voters and a seven-point margin of error for likely primary voters.

The primary is set for Sept. 1. Markey, unlike many Democratic incumbents facing primaries, has been endorsed by several progressive figures such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOhio special election: A good day for Democrats Five takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Shontel Brown wins Ohio Democratic primary in show of establishment strength MORE (D), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley: Senators highlight security threats from China during rare public hearing | Facebook suspends accounts of NYU researchers who've criticized platform Democrats urge Amazon, Facebook to drop requests for Khan recusal Senate Democrats to introduce measure taxing major polluters MORE (D-Mass.) and actress and activist Jane Fonda.