Pro-casino side, Coakley both lead in new polls

UMass-Lowell/WHDH Poll and WBUR/MassINC polls show anti-repeal side winning 59-36 and 52-37 respectively

BOSTON (State House News Service) – With a week to go until the primary election, candidate for governor Martha Coakley is holding large leads over Democrats Steven Grossman and Don Berwick in a pair of polls released overnight.

The polls, from UMass-Lowell/7News and WBUR/MassINC, also showed voters currently opposing a November ballot question to repeal the 2011 casino law, by margins of 59-36 and 52-37, respectively.

Coakley held a 47-23 lead over Grossman in the WBUR/MassINC poll and the attorney general posted a 52-20 advantage over the treasurer in a UMass-Lowell/7News survey. A third candidate, former federal health care administrator Don Berwick, was in single digits in both polls.

Grossman on Tuesday criticized Coakley for allegedly not taking clear stances on issues, saying she too often says that she will “keep an open mind” about ideas. In hypothetical matchups with Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker, Coakley led 41-32 in the UMass poll and 40-31 in the MassINC poll.

Baker plans on Wednesday to address the Ipswich Republican Town Committee Candidates Breakfast at 8 a.m. and the Plymouth County Treasurers and Tax Collectors Association’s Annual Meeting at 3 p.m. at Barrett’s Ale House in Bridgewater.

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