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New MassINC, WBUR, and Mass INC polls show that Wu has a strong lead over Essaibi George in the Boston mayoral race

New MassINC, WBUR, and Mass INC polls show that Wu has a strong lead over Essaibi George in the Boston mayoral race

A new poll shows that Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu, who has garnered a number of key endorsements, has surpassed her fellow City Counselor Annissa Essabi George in the historic race to become the next mayor.

Wu leads Essaibi George by 32 percentage points, with 57 percent of the vote remaining until the general election, according to the poll.

MassINC Polling Group conducted the survey of 500 likely registered Boston voters for WBUR, the Dorchester Reporter, and the Boston Foundation. It had a plus or minus 4.9 percentage point margin of sampling error.

According to the poll, Wu, who won the most votes in the preliminary election, has a wide lead among white, Black, Latino, and Asian voters 57 percent of Black voters said they would support her or lean towards her, as well as 59 percent white voters, 62 percent Latina voters and 63 percent Asian people.

31 percent of white voters said they would vote for Essaibi George, as well as 14 percent Black voters, 20 percent Latino voters and 11 percent Asian voters.

Nineteen percent of the respondents said they are still undecided.

As the two candidates prepare for their first debate on Wednesday, both are likely to make strong appeals to Black voters in the city, a crucial part of the electorate.

Wu was also perceived to be more liked by Bostonians than Essaibi George, according to the poll. Approximately 61 percent of those surveyed said that they view Wu favorably, compared to just 37 percent for Essaibi George. Wus favorability was also higher than Governor Charlie Baker's.

Of those likely to vote for Wu, respondents said controlling housing costs was a top priority for them in the race, followed closely by improving Boston's public schools. Supporters of Essaibi George ranked improving schools as their top concern, followed by toughness on crime.

Wu, who has the support of Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, has advocated more progressive policy positions on issues such as rent control and climate change.

Essaibi George, whose work has piqued the interest of several prominent unions, stood out in being the only candidate to favor a stronger police force at the time.

According to detailed election data, Wu won in more progressive and liberal areas of the city in the preliminary election. Essaibi George, on the other hand, resurrected more support from white, more conservative neighborhoods.

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