Election Briefs

2nd poll shows Becca Balint well ahead of Molly Gray

Aug 1 2022, 5:15 PM

Another poll shows Senate President Pro Tempore Becca Balint, D-Windham, with a dramatic lead over Lt. Gov. Molly Gray, her closest rival in the Democratic primary for Vermont’s sole U.S. House seat.

Data For Progress, a left-leaning national polling outlet and advocacy organization, released the results of a survey Monday that showed Balint 32 percentage points ahead of Gray.

The text- and web-based poll, conducted from July 27 to Aug. 1, surveyed 383 likely Democratic primary voters in Vermont. The margin of error was 5%. It found that 59% of respondents said they would vote for Balint, while 27% said they would vote for Gray.

The poll also found that 1% of respondents said they would vote for South Burlington physician Louis Meyers and 1% would vote for the Progressive Party-endorsed candidate Sianay Chase Clifford, who dropped out of the race last month. Twelve percent were undecided. 

The results of the survey largely echo the findings of a University of New Hampshire poll released last week, which showed Balint with a 42-point lead over Gray.

— Lola Duffort

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