Washington (CNN) - Incumbent Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) holds an early 9-point lead over possible Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren in the 2012 race for the Massachusetts Senate seat.
According to a WBUR poll released Tuesday, 44 percent of likely voters said they would choose Brown over Warren in a hypothetical matchup between the two. Thirty-five percent of likely voters said they would choose Warren.
Warren, who was tasked by President Barack Obama to create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and is currently a professor of Law at Harvard Law School, is the most competitive candidate that could challenge Brown, according to the poll.
Warren formed an exploratory committee in August, the same month she embarked on a listening tour around the state.
The poll is bleak for all Democrats, however. Brown leads City Year founder Alan Khazei by 15 points, activist Bob Massie by 16 points and Newton Mayor Setti Warren by 18 percent.
Another positive sign for Brown is that 54 percent of likely voters say they have a favorable opinion of him. Comparably, Elizabeth Warren has a 17 percent favorable rating, with 44 percent of likely voters unaware of who she is.
Brown was elected in the 2010 special election after the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy. At the end of June 2011, Brown had amassed a nearly $10 million war chest for the Senate race.
Democrats currently hold a 53 to 47 seat majority in the Senate, but will be defending 23 seats in the upcoming election, compared with Republicans, who will defend 10 seats.
The results of the WBUR poll were based off of phone conversations with 500 likely voters from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, 2011. The polls sampling error is plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.
Brown is going down. Yes, he's voted along with democrats sometimes, but that's only because he know what state he represents. He's a TEApublican at heart. We need a true democrat to take back OUR seat and Ms. Warren is the right person for the job.
we need more like brown,,,, 60/40 ..no more extremes... and no more senator who are old as dirt ...
Just wait until the Tea Party enters a candidate into the race. Don't forget that Brown won with Tea Party support and ideology on the campaign trail. An ideology that he quickly kicked to the curb as soon as he took office, which caused the Tea Party to feel betrayed. Yes, I think the Tea Party will take aim at Brown, too. They really do not like him, nor fully trust him on all issues.
When Massachusett's voters study Elizabeth Warren, They will LOVE Elizabeth Warren.
The fact that 44% don't know who she is and yet she polls so close to Brown CAN NOT be comforting to him. She has a compelling story, is scary smart, is flat-out likeable and viewed as approachable and engaging.
Look for Brown to go negative quick to try to keep that 44% out of her camp. Look for it to back fire in his face.
It's over a year to go.
If the republican corporate toady votes ONE MORE TIME in favor of corporations, Mass. will be the bluest state in the country next year. NO MORE OBSTRUCTIONISTS. NO MORE TO THE HELL NO CAUCUS. NO MORE !!
It's early. One must wonder how the votes are getting split between/amongst the 3 main opponents. Time will tell. One thing is for sure: it is pretty much impossible to run a worse campaign than Coakley did.
Brown and Romney are by far the two weirdest politicians holding / running for any office. I hope the good people of MA wise up and get this liar out of office. EW is a far more decent person.
Dan you are a bit premature on the whole "BLEAK" comment. "Warren formed an exploratory committee in August, the same month she embarked on a listening tour around the state." The poll was taken at the wrong time. This story is extremely miss leading. She has not even announced her candidacy.
Not bad for an early poll. Warren has decent odds. I would love to see her run for Senate.
Let's see.... Harvard law professor who scares the sh– out of big banks and Wall Street or Cosmo poster boy tea bagger? Gee, I don't know.
Is this the same Brown that is afraid of Rachael?
Only nine points and it's still early. I plan on contributing to Warren. She's what this country needs.
Well warren is not doing badly since so few know og her...i have great faith in the people of Ma. they will see brown for what he is...and make the choice for warren when the time comes to actually vote.
Thanks, CNN, and all other news media, for keeping it from the American people in any substantial way that we can actually understand, what the hell is going on. The GOP would destroy our President and our country just to win elections. And that fact seems to get ignored day in and day out. Brown may lead now, but wait and see what happens if Warren actually jumps in, then let's see how the numbers play out. Brown (R, Inc.) is wholly owned by Wall Street and Corporate America. If and when Americans, especially those in MA, realize this, we'll see what happens.