(CNN) - A new poll suggests that Republican Sen. Scott Brown is more popular in Massachusetts than two Democrats - Sen. John Kerry, the state's senior senator, and President Barack Obama.
A Boston Globe survey released Monday indicates that 55 percent of Bay Staters have a favorable opinion of Brown, with 18 percent saying they hold an unfavorable view of their new senator, 13 percent saying they have a neutral view and 14 percent unsure.
According to the poll, Brown's numbers are slightly higher than Obama's 54 percent favorable rating and Kerry's 52 percent favorable rating but within the survey's sampling error.
Brown, a little known Republican state lawmaker at the time, scored an upset in January's special election for the seat of the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy. His victory gave the GOP 41 seats in the Senate, and dropped the Democrats to 59 seats, which meant Democrats lost the potential to avoid filibusters by marshaling 60 votes in the upper chamber.
The survey indicates that nearly eight in ten Republicans see Brown in a positive light, with 55 percent of independents, who are a majority of the state's voters, holding a favorable view. Forty-one percent of Democrats say they have a favorable view of Brown, with 32 percent holding an unfavorable view.
Brown is up for re-election in 2012.
The Boston Globe poll, conducted by the University of New Hampshire, was taken June 17-23, with 558 Massachusetts adults questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.