Renews local, statewide polling partnership through mid-2014

WBUR and The MassINC Polling Group (MPG) will continue their polling relationship through June of 2014, they announced today. MPG will serve as WBUR’s pollster on elections and policy issues, and MPG President Steve Koczela will provide on-air analysis of Massachusetts politics. The continued partnership will begin with polls on the Boston Mayoral Election, followed by statewide polls focusing on the 2014 Senate and Gubernatorial elections, as well as key public policy issues facing the Commonwealth.

“WBUR is delighted to continue our successful partnership with The MassINC Polling Group for the coming year,” said Charlie Kravetz, General Manager of WBUR. “This service to the community provides exceptionally high quality, non-partisan polling on political races and fundamental issues that face Massachusetts and the nation.

“As we cover the stories that shape our communities, trusted polls give us a powerful snapshot in time that helps us all understand the shifting nature of our collective views on important elections and our relationship with our government. We could not work with a better pollster than Steve Koczela and The MassINC Polling Group. Time and again, Steve and his team have proven to be accurate and insightful.”

WBUR and MPG began collaborating in 2011, with a poll showing Elizabeth Warren within single digits of Scott Brown in the race for US Senate. Since then, WBUR polls have covered congressional and statewide elections in Massachusetts as well as elections in Maine, amassing a track record of accuracy and insight that has gained wide media attention. WBUR polling has also covered the issues that matter most to Bay State residents, from health care reform, the economy and jobs and transportation funding, to the state of the middle class and religion.

WBUR’s polling and Steve Koczela’s commentary and analysis have been cited in national publications including The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and others, as well as many television, radio, and online news outlets.

“We are thrilled to continue our work with WBUR,” said Steve Koczela, President of The MassINC Polling Group. “Their commitment to serious-minded journalism and in-depth reporting is a perfect match with the way we approach public opinion polling. We are pleased to be able to work with a partner that believes in the substance of what polling adds to the news.”