BOSTON, March 27 (UPI) -- A poll of Boston residents indicates Mayor Thomas M. Menino remains overwhelmingly popular in Boston after nearly two decades in office.
But some residents indicated concern about Menino's health and were divided on whether he should run for a sixth term this fall, The Boston Globe said.
Seventy-four percent of respondents said they approve of Menino, the Globe said, a rating that would likely make the election an easy win. However, 43 percent of respondents said they want him to run for re-election, versus 36 percent who don't.
The poll, conducted for the Globe by the Survey Center at the University, comes at a critical time as many are beginning to gear up for the election.
"If Menino ran again, he would probably win handily, but I think there's a desire among a lot of people to have a new mayor," said Andrew E. Smith, director of the UNH Survey Center.
The Globe said Menino, 70, has suffered a series of medical problems recently, including blood clots, diabetes and an acute respiratory infection.
The poll indicated that 60 percent of respondents said Menino's health was a concern that would influence their vote.
The poll of 440 adults was conducted with telephone interviews from March 20-26, the Globe said. It included calls to both land lines and cellphones and included 337 likely voters. The data have a margin of error of 4.7 percentage points.