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March 18, 2013

Poll shows Mass. voters distrustful, checked out


The poll showed Markey with a 29-point lead over Lynch, and did not take measure of the GOP primary.

Pollsters said the survey reflected a tendency of voters to “drift away” after an election due in part to the “general distaste” for politics resulting from an onslaught of ads promoting and attacking candidates.

Voters also gave their government a low score on the most fundamental issue: trust. Only 12 percent of those surveyed said they trust the federal government to do what’s right just about always or most of the time. State government fared better, but only 28 percent reported having trust in Beacon Hill all or most of the time with pollsters calling trust in government in Massachusetts at an “extraordinarily low” level.

The poll found voters largely split when asked about Patrick’s proposal to invest in transportation and education by raising the income tax, lowering the sales tax and eliminating some tax-deduction loopholes. On that question, 48 percent somewhat or strongly supported the proposal while 45.6 percent somewhat or strongly opposed it.

Seventy percent of those polled said they were very or somewhat satisfied with the state’s ballot initiative process, which allows voters to make laws apart from the Legislature and led to the passage last year of a medical marijuana legalization law as well as a law governing access to auto repair information.

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