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Metro

March 27, 2013

Mayor Menino widely backed, but another run isn’t

Most in poll approve of the mayor and of city’s course; residents split on another race, cite health, long tenure

Mayor Thomas M. Menino remains overwhelmingly popular in Boston After nearly two decades in office, with almost three out of four residents saying they believe the city remains on the right track, according to findings from a Boston Globe poll. But residents appear concerned about Menino’s health and seem divided about whether he should run for a sixth term this fall.

Menino would seem to be in a commanding position to win reelection, with a 74 percent approval rating according to the Globe poll. Construction cranes dot Boston’s skyline, from Dudley Square to the Seaport, and roughly 65 percent of those polled said development has made Boston a better place to live. And almost half said they had met Menino personally, an extraordinary feat for a big city mayor.

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