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Baker said Massachusetts also needs to do more to update the traditional four-year higher education model by incorporating more online learning.

A new poll shows Baker trailing the Democratic front-runner, Attorney General Martha Coakley, in the governor’s race.

The Suffolk University/Boston Herald found that in a head-to-head matchup, Coakley is favored by 44 percent of voters compared to 31 percent for Baker.

The telephone poll of 600 Massachusetts voters from Jan. 29-Feb. 3 has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.