Emerson poll finds Wu with big lead in mayor’s race



Michelle Wu (left) and Annissa Essaibi George (right) are set to compete for the city’s top job this November.

By Charlie McKenna

An Emerson College/WHDH-TV poll released late last week found City Councilor at Large Michelle Wu with a 30 point lead over fellow councilor Annissa Essaibi George in the Boston mayoral race.

The poll, released Thursday, surveyed 500 likely voters with 61 percent saying they intended to vote for Wu, and just 31 percent backing Essaibi George. Eight percent of voters remained undecided, the poll found. Wu and Essaibi George emerged from a field of five candidates in the September preliminary elections.

Emerson’s poll is the latest to show Wu with a large lead in the race — a Boston Globe/Suffolk University/NBC10 poll released on Oct. 19 found Wu leading 62 percent to 30 percent.

Wu, considered a progressive, has racked up endorsements from many prominent political figures in the state, including Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, a former city councilor who served with Wu and Essaibi George.

Essaibi George is considered a moderate in the race, and was supported by 82 percent of republicans. Among democrats, Wu garnered 72 percent support, the poll found.