Janey and Wu lead new mayoral race poll

Councilor Michell Wu, left, and Acting Mayor Kim Janey, right. Photos courtesy of Michelle Wu and the Boston Mayor’s Office.

Acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey and At-Large City Councilor Michelle Wu are leading a new poll from Suffolk University and the Boston Globe take the temperature of the race for the town hall.

Voters will go to the polls on September 14 for the preliminary elections, reducing the wide range of candidates to two who will face each other in the general election on November 2.

With 21.6% of the likely 500 voters polled by telephone in English and Spanish by Suffolk between June 23 and June 26 still undecided, it’s clear the race is starting to tighten, but many voters haven’t still made their decision.

Wu led the top six contenders in the race with the support of 23.4% of respondents saying she was their first choice, while Janey came in second with 21.6% support, followed by the advisor. municipal At-Large Annissa Essaibi George with 14.4%, municipal councilor of district 4. Andrea Campbell with 10.8%, state representative Jon Santiago with 4.6% and former director of economic development of the John Barros city with 1.8%.

The poll’s margin of error was 4.4%, putting Janey and Wu in a statistical tie.

Wu and Janey also came out of the Suffolk poll with the highest favor scores – 61.8% for Wu and 57.6 for Janey.

The poll also asked residents what the city’s next mayor should do to make housing more affordable in the city.

The largest share, 48.2%, said the city should “focus on developing affordable housing even if that means less housing overall,” while 17.6% said the city should “accelerate the construction of new housing at all costs”. Another 13.2 percent said the city should try to keep up with the pace of development reached by former mayor Marty Walsh, while 13.2 percent said the city should slow down new development.

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