MPG Polling Briefs: Mass Senate race remains close, Romney falls further, Congress in the dumps, consumer confidence slips

Massachusetts Senate Race: The race for Massachusetts Senate remains close according to the MassPulse Quarterly Poll, released today. Among registered voters, 40 percent support Elizabeth Warren, and 38 percent support Senator Scott Brown, the latest in a series of polls which have shown the two candidates essentially neck and neck. Elizabeth Warren has become better

Letter to our friends and supporters

To our Supporters and Friends – We at MassINC are proud of our commitment to objective, non-partisan research and journalism.  You are all well aware of the fierce adherence we have to the integrity of the work of both MassINC and CommonWealth, and it is a credit to you that you choose to support an

New report assesses state’s climate change response

MassINC is proud to present Rising to the Challenge, the first independent assessment of state action on climate change since the precedent-setting Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008. Climate change is the challenge of our age. For the obvious reason – failing to respond could alter the environment with profound and dire consequences – but

MassINC Polling Group launches partnership with WBUR

BOSTON—The MassINC Polling Group (MPG) today announced the formation of a polling partnership with WBUR, a nonprofit affiliate of NPR. As a part of the newly formed agreement, MPG will conduct a series of polls on behalf of WBUR, which will extend through the 2012 election cycle.   The relationship reflects WBUR’s effort to augment

MassINC in the media

MassINC staff members have been featured prominently in local broadcast media over the last two weeks. With the release of a statewide poll by the MassINC Polling Group (MPG) and WBUR showing Senate candidates Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren running neck and neck, MPG president Steve Koczela appeared on various WBUR programs to analyze the

New report shows “The Lost Decade” has deferred the American Dream for many in Massachusetts

Working more for less, poor job growth despite education gains, and huge income disparities mark state’s latest economic profile Despite a mild recovery from the Great Recession, the Massachusetts economy is suffering the long-term effects of the lost decade of 2000 to 2010, a period marked by rising income inequality, output growth that lagged behind

New poll shows high participation strong support for arts and culture among Gateway City voters

Click for the accompanying report and crosstabs. BOSTON—Seventy percent of voters in Massachusetts’ eleven Gateway Cities consider community arts and culture events and activities either very important or extremely important and eighty percent support government funding for such events.  About half (49 percent) feel general government funding for the arts should increase, and another 36 percent

First in the nation index tracking the vitality of the middle class predicts more difficult times ahead

Public opinion poll reinforces index findings, one in three say they are in danger of falling out of the middle class BOSTON—MassINC is unveiling a first-of-its-kind Middle Class Index designed to serve as a barometer of the status of middle class residents. Composed of 26 different indicators, the overall score for Massachusetts in 2010 was 97.4,

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