Poll: Gov. Charlie Baker has overwhelming support—except on Syrian refugees

Gov. Charlie Baker took office in January.
Gov. Charlie Baker took office in January. –Jessica Rinaldi / The Boston Globe

Massachusetts voters are all about that Baker.

In terms of his approval rating, his ability over his predecessor, and his plan to combat opioid addiction, Gov. Charlie Baker receives overwhelming support from state voters, according to a new poll from Suffolk University.

Overall, about 70 percent of voters approve of the job Baker is doing. In addition, about 43 percent believe he’s doing a better job than former Gov. Deval Patrick, almost double the 24 percent who say Patrick was superior.

Baker’s stance on Syrian refugees was the only issue on which the public did not give Baker enormous support. Last week, Baker said he would not accept Syrian refugees into Massachusetts until he learned more about the U.S. process for vetting those fleeing the Middle East conflict. The move to restrict Syrian refugees was a response to the suspicion that one Paris terrorist attacker had used a Syrian passport to gain entry to Europe.


About 47 percent of voters agreed with Baker’s decision not to accept Syrian refugees, while 40 percent were opposed.

The poll also found that 51 percent of voters would accept refugees who have been properly vetted by the federal government. However, 40 percent said Massachusetts should not accept any Syrian refugees because it’s too risky.

You can read the full Suffolk poll results here.

Baker has seen widespread support since taking office in January. In a separate poll of voters in all 50 states released last week, Baker was found to be the most popular governor in America, with 74 percent approval.

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