City Councilor John R. Connolly leads State Representative Martin J. Walsh by eight percentage points in the race to succeed Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston, according to a newly released poll.
A UMass Lowell Center for Public Opinion poll found Connolly taking 45 percent to Walsh’s 37 percent among 375 likely voters surveyed, including those who leaned towards one candidate or the other. Eighteen percent were undecided or unsure for whom they would vote.
The poll was conducted from Oct. 2-7 and had a margin of error of plus or minus six percentage points.
UMass Lowell Associate Professor of Political Science Joshua Dyck , who oversaw the poll, emphasized in a telephone interview that about four in ten likely voters who had settled on a candidate weren’t firm in their choice.
“You still have a pretty big part of the electorate that could still change their minds,” he said.
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