Gifford leads but majority undecided in 3rd Congressional District Democratic primary

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UMass Lowell and the Boston the Globe have partnered to release the first public poll in the Massachusetts 3rd Congressional District race to succeed outgoing incumbent Niki Tsongas, who announced last year she would be retiring from the U.S. Congress. 


  • Rufus Gifford, former U.S. ambassador to Denmark, leads a pack of 13 candidates with the support of 11 percent of likely voters.
  • 59 percent of likely voters surveyed said they have not yet made up their minds about who they will vote for in the Sept. 4 primary.
  • 88 percent of likely Democratic primary voters said they disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president. 
  • Republican Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts has a strong approval rating among likely Democratic primary voters in the 3rd Congressional District at 80 percent.
All 13 Democratic candidates have been invited to participate in debates sponsored by the UMass Lowell Center for Public Opinion and the Boston Globe April 29. For more information on the free, public event, see