Boston Globe/Suffolk released the results of a new poll, in which respondents from Massachusetts were asked for whom they will vote: Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.
Boston Globe/Suffolk poll results
Of those who answered the question, 57.0% said that they will vote for former First Lady Hillary Clinton, while 25.0% indicated that they would give their vote to billionaire Donald Trump.
The poll was conducted from October 24 to October 26 with 500 likely voters. The margin of error is +/-4.4 points, which means that the levels of voter support for the two candidates differ significantly.
Putting the results in context
As any other method, polls are subject to bias. Hence, don't rely too much on the results of an individual poll. At the very least, one should check how a poll's results compare to benchmark forecasts.
In order to make the results comparable to forecasts from benchmark methods, you can translate them into two-party vote shares. This yields figures of 69.5% for Clinton and 30.5% for Trump.
Results in comparison to other polls
An average of recent polls in Massachusetts sees Clinton at 67.5% of the two-party vote. Relative to her numbers in the Boston Globe/Suffolk poll Clinton's poll average is 2 percentage points worse. This difference is within the poll's sampling error, which suggests that the poll is not an outlier.
Results compared to the combined PollyVote forecast
The latest PollyVote anticipates Clinton to gain 65.6% of the two-party vote in Massachusetts. This means that the combined PollyVote is 3.9 points below her polling numbers. Again, a look at the poll's margin of error reveals that this deviation is insignificant.