The poll thatâ€™s going to keep the political classes chattering is here , showing Gov. Deval Patrick in a statistical dead heat when matched up in an election today against Republican challenger Christy Mihos, who received 7 percent of the vote in 2006. The poll was taken last week. WBZâ€™s Jon Keller calls the numbers â€œbreathtaking .â€
But thereâ€™s also some bad news in the Rasmussen/FOX25 poll  for the lawmakers that Patrick is currently warring with (or, rather, as some legislators say, is using as election fodder):
Patrick is far from the only politician struggling in the court of public opinion in the state. Seventy-one percent (71%) of Massachusetts voters say the stateâ€™s legislators deserve a pay cut. Fifty-one percent (51%) favor making the legislature a part-time job.