Leading candidates even in Mass. Senate race
December 1st, 2011
01:38 PM ET
2 years ago

Leading candidates even in Mass. Senate race

(CNN) – Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic frontrunner in the Massachusetts Senate race, is even with or ahead of incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown, according to a new poll.

The UMass Amherst Poll released Thursday showed Warren with a four percentage point advantage over Brown among registered voters. Warren received 43% to Brown's 39%, figures within the survey's 4.4% sampling error.

Warren drew strong support from women, middle-to-low income residents and younger voters, while Brown obtained greater backing from independent voters, besting Warren by 18 percentage points.

When asked to describe the candidates with one word, registered voters labeled Warren, the Harvard professor and former consumer advocate in the Obama administration, most often as "liberal" and "socialist." "Moderate" was the word used most often to describe Brown, who was elected in a special election in 2010 following the death of Senate stalwart Ted Kennedy.

A similar poll released in October showed the two candidates locked in a statistical dead heat, with Brown edging out Warren 41% to 38%, within that survey's 3.8% sampling error.

The contest has garnered national attention following Warren's September entry into the race, with significant funds flowing into the state.

Non-partisan political handicappers Charlie Cook and Stuart Rothenberg list the race as a toss-up and it is sure to be a contentious race in the next election cycle especially if Warren wins the Democratic primary as expected.

The December poll questioned 500 Massachusetts adults between Nov. 9 and Nov. 22 with a sampling error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.


Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Elizabeth Warren • Massachusetts • Scott Brown • Senate
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. ConservaFASCISTS

    ELIZABETH WARREN 2012 & BEYOND..................

    Scott Brown is Wall Street's favorite senator while Elizabeth Warren is their arch nemesis. Which is why we, THE 99% MOVEMENT" support her 110%.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012
    ELIZABETH WARREN 2012 & BEYOND

    December 1, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. Guitar

    We need 100 people like her in the U.S. Senate!! Finally, someone with honesty and integrity that is looking out for the real people of the United States. Would vote for her for President in a heartbeat, instead of the guy who threw her under the bus with the Consumer Protection Agency fiasco! She's not afraid to take on the banking industry either!

    December 1, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    When asked to describe the candidates with one word, registered voters labeled Warren, the Harvard professor and former consumer advocate in the Obama administration, most often as "liberal" and "socialist." "Moderate" was the word used most often to describe Brown.
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    Gee, with all of the high tech industries in MA, I would have never guessed that so many of them would be inclined to call Sen. Brown a "Moderate". Then again, compared to the ever increasing, Doppler shifting, definition of a conservative these days then I suppose "Moderate" just might be the right word. At least Brown doesn't seem to subscribe to most of the "flat earth" theories circulating around the right wing.

    December 1, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. Portland tony

    "......even with or ahead of.....". Now there's a definitive statement!

    December 1, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  5. Elizabeth Warren

    When I think Elizabeth Warren, I think integrity, class, hard working.

    When I think Brown, I think lazy, hypocrite.

    December 1, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. Texan

    She is a smart lady with common sense, however, Brown does photograph well in the buff.

    December 1, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. Dan J

    Kinda ironic that the "99%" only has a 30% approval rating... lower than the Tea Party.

    December 1, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. Bill

    Brown will be gone after 2012.

    December 1, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. GOP TeaParty Clown Car...Myth the Flip Flopper vs. Newt the "Family Values" serial Wife Abuser

    Bye Bye Brownie. See ya in the nex playboy cover!

    December 1, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. frida

    Republicans know Mass is not their State. Warren has my vote. I'm sorry Republicans you guys don't deserve my vote.

    December 1, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. Jake

    ELIZABETH WARREN!! we're rooting for you outside of MA!

    December 1, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    These comments lack any sources an prove how ignorant the average voter is. If you talk politics you better know what the real issues are. We are in economic turmoil, that is teetering on the edge of collapse. The only thing keeping the economy afloat is the balabce of party powers in congress.

    December 1, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. Annie, Atlanta

    I would love to see Elizabeth Warren as the Democratic Presidential Candidate in 2016. We couldn't ask for a better advocate.

    December 1, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. frida

    People of Mass. need to to vote him out,and Brown needs to start parking all his garbage out of the office because Warren will win him guarantee. We need people that know what they do in the office.

    December 1, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  15. Annie, Atlanta

    Dan J – maybe that's because Americans don't understand what the occupy movement is all about, perhaps? It's time Americans wake up. Our politicians in DC are wholly owned. They've forked over anywhere from $13 to $16 Trillion dollars to prop up the banks. That's our hard earned tax dollars we're talking about here. And don't even get me started on the lack of taxes corporations pay, or the subsidies they receive. Again, our hard earned tax dollars. Between the banks on Wall Street and the corporations writing the legislation that benefits them, why do we even need congress anymore? They're worthless. Don't you understand our democracy is at stake. Take some time to use that computer of yours. It would be to your benefit. This isn't the tea party vs. the occupy movement. Not by any stretch. One is an astroturf movement co-opted by corporate America, and the other is a grassroots movement trying to wrestle our government back from the monied interests.

    December 1, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Go Ms. Warren! America needs more people like you in office.

    December 1, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  17. Publius Novus

    Elizabeth Warren is exactly the kind of senator we need. If she can't get elected in Massachusetts, come on down to Maryland; you can take Sen. Mikulski's place when she retires (in five years).

    December 1, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. w l jones

    She is a liberal ! I mean intellect the Repub. hate.

    December 1, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. Mike

    My response when asked to describe conservative voters in one word: parrot.

    December 1, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Buh Bye Scott.

    December 1, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  21. Hooisers for Obama

    Another Tea Party Victim !! Go Warren !!!

    December 1, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  22. Roger Ogilivy Thornhill

    Scott Brown is much handsomer than that other guy. He will probably win because of that.

    December 1, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. Natalie

    How could this even be close? Warren is worlds above Brown on experience and intelligence.

    December 1, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  24. Independent Voters

    Elizabeth Warren for president 2016

    December 1, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    I hear Sears is looking for underwear models...

    December 1, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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