Poll: MA Voters Overwhelmingly Support Governor Baker’s MBTA Reform Plan

(BOSTON)--In a poll conducted late last week, Massachusetts voters indicated overwhelming support for Governor Charlie Baker’s plan to reform the MBTA. 84% of those surveyed said they are behind Baker; only 16% opposed his approach.

The poll was commissioned by the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that advocates for fiscal responsibility and good government solutions on Beacon Hill.

It’s clear that voters overwhelmingly support the Governor’s plan to fix the MBTA. Our poll showed statewide support at 84%. I don’t think even chocolate ice cream polls that high,” said Paul Craney, executive director of Mass Fiscal Alliance. “We are calling on every senator to reject the watered-down measures offered by Senate leadership, heed their constituents’ voices, and get behind Governor Baker’s plan today.”

Baker’s plan includes important measures like placing T management in the hands of a fiscal control board, auditing its retirement system, and relieving the system of the state’s anti-privatization statute, known as The Pacheco Law.

The poll includes 11,278 high-propensity registered voters in 29 of the Commonwealth’s 40 Senate districts. Senator Brian Joyce’s Milton-area district came in most favorable for Baker’s plan at over 91% support, while Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz's district was the lowest, demonstrating 67% approval. Districts entirely or mainly located in Western Massachusetts, the South Coast, and the Cape and Islands were omitted from the survey.

Topline figures and district-by-district data can be found here.

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