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Patrick gets high marks from likely voters

Governor Deval Patrick, facing a run of troubles in his final months in office, remains popular with state voters, but people view him more favorably as a person than as a governor, according to a new Boston Globe poll.

Just over half of likely Massachusetts voters surveyed approve of the way Patrick is handling his job, while 39 percent disapprove. Fifty-seven percent have a favorable opinion of him, while only 39 percent of those polled have an unfavorable view. Patrick will conclude his second term in January and is not running for re-election.

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Meanwhile, half of those polled have a favorable opinion of US Senator Edward J. Markey, who is up for reelection. One-third have an unfavorable opinion of the Malden Democrat, 8 percent don’t recognize his name and 9 percent recognize it but can’t rate him.

Markey, a longtime congressman who won a special election for US Senate last year, is set to face a Republican challenger, Brian J. Herr, in November.

The survey, directed by SocialSphere Inc., the firm of pollster John Della Volpe, polled 602 likely Massachusetts voters from May 29 to June 3 on landlines and cellphones. Its margin of error is plus or minus 4 percent.

Joshua Miller can be reached at joshua.miller@globe.com
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