Bostonians are still not enamored of their president. Not even close.
Fifty-eight percent of city residents call Donald Trump their least favorite national political figure, according to a new Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll. The President was particularly unpopular among female respondents, 66 percent of whom labeled him their least favorite, compared to 49 percent of men.
In a survey of 500 likely voters in Boston, respondents were asked to name their favorite and least favorite politicians among a list of eight well-known Republicans and Democrats.
In a distant second place to Trump, 15 percent of respondents named US Senator Elizabeth Warren as their least favorite national figure.
But Warren was also the most popular pick when voters were asked for their favorite national politician, currying 30 percent among respondents. Like Trump, Warren, too, faced a gender split, with 9 percent of women and 22 percent of men calling her their bottom choice.
US Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who tested Hillary Clinton in last year’s Democratic primary, won second place as a favorite national candidate, with 18 percent.
The results affirm the city’s progressive leanings – favorable toward Democrats, and particularly toward the party’s left wing, currently embodied by Warren and Sanders.
Clinton defeated Trump in Boston last November with 82 percent of the vote.
Thirteen percent of surveyed city voters called Trump their favorite national politician, just ahead of former governor Deval Patrick, a Democrat, at 12 percent.
Trump was particularly unpopular among voters of color. Seventy-eight percent of Asian respondents ranked him at the bottom, along with 67 percent of blacks, 62 percent of Hispanics, and 52 percent of whites.
Other big names encountered only marginal antipathy. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, for instance, drew 5 percent. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie garnered 4 percent, and both House Speaker Paul Ryan and US Senator Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, earned 3 percent.
Patrick, who has been out of office for nearly three years but is the subject of 2020 presidential campaign speculation, was the least favorite of 2 percent of respondents. Sanders won criticism from 1 percent.
The Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll was conducted Oct. 19 to Oct. 21 and carries a margin of error of plus/minus 4.4 percent.Jim O’Sullivan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @JOSreports.