State Treasurer Shannon O'Brien leads Swift by an 18-point margin, 39 to 21 percent, with 35 percent undecided; Senate President Thomas F. Birmingham gets 35 percent and Swift 23 percent, with 37 percent undecided; former US labor secretary Robert Reich leads Swift by 35 to 23 percent, with 37 percent undecided. Secretary of State William F. Galvin holds a 10-point lead, 32 to 22 percent with 42 percent undecided.
Swift also trails two other Democrats, though the difference is within the poll's margin of error. Warren Tolman, the 1998 Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, gets 28 percent of the vote to Swift's 24 percent, with 42 percent undecided. Former Democratic national party chairman Steven Grossman receives 27 percent and Swift 25 percent with 43 percent undecided.
O'Brien remains very popular among Democrats and independents, who give her a 45 favorable, 7 percent unfavorable rating. Reich's rating is 33 percent favorable, 8 percent unfavorable; Birmingham, 29 percent favorable and 10 percent unfavorable; Galvin, 28 pecent favorable and 7 percent unfavorable; Grossman 24 percent favorable and 5 percent unfavorable; and Tolman 16 percent favorable and 4 percent unfavorable.