June 28th, 2010
10:13 AM ET
4 years ago

New poll suggests Brown more popular than Obama, Kerry

A new poll reveals that Sen. Scott Brown is more popular than President Obama in Massachusetts.
A new poll reveals that Sen. Scott Brown is more popular than President Obama in Massachusetts.

(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.


Filed under: John Kerry • Massachusetts • Polls • President Obama • Scott Brown
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Hugo

    Who wouldn't be more popular than the king of ketchup and the king of spend? I love it, cut the deficit in half by 2013, this is too funny. Wait I know the strategy, INFLATION!

    June 28, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  2. groovygoober

    And anyone is surprised by this?

    June 28, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  3. AG

    uh well duh all they know is Brown won, he hasn't done anything and is playing it low key. I think this is a dumb poll.

    June 28, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. Two Row

    If Obama had not had such a disasterous 18 months he would still be through the roof. Unfortunately his lack of competence and experience cought up with him quickly and even Massachusetts liberals see he is underperforming.

    June 28, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. Jan

    Why don't these poll takers use the money to feed some homeless people.

    Anyone who is thrashed as much as President Obama is would have negative polling.

    We know that the next election is not till 2012.

    Glad that Scott Brown is so popular as the new kid on the block. Note that the President also polled high, until the negative talkers started thrashing him for everything.

    We need to be more honest in our politics and really represent the American people. Not just occupy a seat.

    June 28, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. felicia

    By one point, scott brown don't have nothing on President Obama any which way you swing it. mr brown got a long way to go to have the swag President Obama has. Obama 2012

    June 28, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. Eric, El Paso, TX

    Right now, anybody is more popular than Obama.

    Obama's gig is up. He was able to fool enough people to get elected only because of the main stream media pushing him like a rock star.

    He was not, and is not, qualified to be President. He has never run anything but his mouth.

    June 28, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  8. Edwin

    Apparently, he is doing what the people of Massachusetts want.

    June 28, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. Ben in Texas

    And another new poll suggests that little Mary Sue is more popular than Britney Jane in Miss Piddle's third grade class.

    Both polls have about the same amount to say about what will happen with the elections of 2012.

    June 28, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    poll, conducted by the University of New Hampshire, was taken June 17-23, with 558 Massachusetts adults questioned by telephone
    -------------------------------–

    Polls are nice.

    Those telephones used to poll those adults....would they be the ones that plug into the wall, and require a land line? You know, the ones that A LOT OF PEOPLE, especially YOUNG VOTERS, NO LONGER HAVE because they now use CELL PHONES?

    Just asking...

    June 28, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. Big George in Big D

    Of course he is!! Kerry is such an oaf and Nobama is declining at a fast, steady rate! Thanik goodness! FOUR AND THE DOOR!

    June 28, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  12. Fair is Fair

    A poll, conducted by a failing liberal rag of a newspaper, in a uber liberal state... and the Republican rates better that the last 2 democrats who ran for president.

    Go ahead, libs... keep your delusional heads in the sand.

    June 28, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. Pragmatic

    Senator Scott Brown, is a quiet champion for having it both ways.

    As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Brown opposed the amendment that calls for quick repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,’’ saying he wants to wait for the Pentagon to complete a review on how the ban will be lifted.

    That’s the headline he wanted, and he got it.

    But then, Brown voted for the full defense authorization bill, which includes the “don’t ask, don’t tell’’ repeal amendment;

    June 28, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. XWngLady

    Of course he is! He's an endagered species (a relatively moderate, independent thinking Republican). Its like going to the zoo and seeing an animal that you rarely, if ever, see. Not to mention that he was a centerfold (woo-hoo). Pres. Obama has only been seen shirtless (looking rather nice if I do say so myself) and Sen. Kerry wouldn't dare :-) .... Give it a year or two. It'll wear off.

    June 28, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. Johnny DC

    Brown should be the future of American politics – a leader willing to vote most of the time with the party platform under which he ran, but also willing to vote with members across the aisle when his conscience tells him to do so.

    Sadly, that future will never arrive. He'll probably get voted out next term by some super-Liberal or super-Conservative.

    June 28, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. THE OBAMA STAFF

    Anybody could be more important and popular than the ones you mentioned.

    June 28, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. Rick McDaniel

    That I would absolutely believe.

    June 28, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. Bill from GA

    The results are not so surprising when one considers the propaganda machine at work against the Dems. It worked to get Hitler in power in the thirties, and the Germans were no more ignorant than Americans are today. Especially with the brain-numbing media we absorb daily.

    Using a borrowed phrase, if President Obama was seen walking on water, Fox Propaganda Network would say: “See, he can’t even swim!”

    June 28, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  19. T'SAH from Virginia

    OMG – President favorability versus a Senators????? Brown is not a President and President Obama is not a Senator!!!

    CNN – PA-LEEEEEEEEEEEZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!

    June 28, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  20. mactexas

    He appears to be much more centrist than most Republicans or Democrats. How refreshing! Many of us are tired of extremes in either direction.

    June 28, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  21. Donkey Party

    Give it up CNN, your blatant support of the Right-wing is almost as sickening as Fox. Seems like the last time you had somebody that reported the news, instead of trying to create it, was Bernard Shaw. Shame on you for your slanted "journalism".

    June 28, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  22. Angus McDugan

    That is because more and more people are understanding what Obama and Kerry are all about.

    June 28, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  23. Marty, FL

    Does MSM know how to read polls beyond sensationalism? Considering the margin of error, all three gentlemen are statically tied.

    Although, I cannot understand how the good people of MA can support the blatant lies from Sen. Brown, concerning an imaginary candidacy about Rachel Maddow, who was never running for Senate.

    It is one thing to misspeak or forecast incorrectly. It is another thing for Sen. Brown to continue his lies even after the facts were presented to him. Blatant lies are the one thing I cannot stand from any politician...

    June 28, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. Patrick Campbell

    I do not your comment about Browns rating is slightly higer than
    Obamas at 54 percent. What is Browns number. I dont understand
    "slightly Higher" what are the figures.

    June 28, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  25. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I wish Rachel Maddow was running against Scott Brown. She'd wipe the floor with him. Scott Brown will be a one term senator.

    June 28, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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