Democrats hate to keep reading about Charlie Baker’s popularity in the public surveys — but one poll this week was truly jaw-dropping.
The WBUR/MassInc survey showing City Councilor Ayanna Pressley trailing US Representative Michael E. Capuano by a dozen points also revealed Baker’s standing in the Seventh District, a deeply blue area of the state.
In one of the country’s most liberal congressional districts (think Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Watertown, and Chelsea, which make up much of its population), Baker clocks in at a 66 percent favorable, 18 percent unfavorable rating among likely Democratic primary voters.
Yes, Democratic primary voters.
In 2014, Baker didn’t stand a chance of carrying the Seventh District. On Election Day, Democrat Martha Coakley ran well ahead of him in Cambridge (25,525 to 5,589 votes), Somerville (16,351 to 4,198), and Boston (104,995 to 47,653).
That turnaround alone explains the huge task in front of the Democrats this year as they attempt to unseat the Republican governor, the poll’s director says.
“It’s amazing and emblematic of what he can do in a blue district like that,’’ said Steve Koczela, president of MassInc Polling Group. “It certainly outlines the challenge for his opponents.”
Koczela said if the poll had shown the opposite — more respondents giving him unfavorable marks than favorable — he wouldn’t have been surprised.
“I would say, ‘Well, that is about right for that district,’ ” Koczela said.Frank Phillips can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.