The two key takeaways from the poll:
-Markey is substantially more popular than Lynch. 67% of primary voters have a favorable opinion of him to only 18% with a negative one. Voters are much more divided in their sentiments toward Lynch with 44% rating him positively, compared to 30% of voters who have an unfavorable opinion.As far as Massachusetts is concerned, Lynch is a Blue Dog. He voted against the Affordable Care Act; he's consistently been anti-abortion, and his last-minute flip on the issue has not convinced voters. But it's not just opposition to Lynch among Democrats that's keeping Markey ahead. It's because he's consistently been a leader on issues that matter to the state's voters.
- Primary voters oppose the Keystone XL pipeline, and among those against the proposal Markey leads Lynch by an overwhelming 75/11 spread.
And that's the voice we need in the Senate.