Poll: Brown inches ahead in Massachusetts
February 16th, 2012
11:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Brown inches ahead in Massachusetts

(CNN) - Republican Sen. Scott Brown took the lead Thursday over Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, according to a new survey in the state.

The Suffolk University/7News Poll showed the incumbent senator with 49% support among likely voters and Warren with 40%, slightly above the sampling error.

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Thursday's results showed Brown led Warren among independent voters, who make up 52% of registered voters, 60% to 28%.

Forty percent of voters said Warren, the former consumer advocate in the Obama administration, has the experience to serve as a senator, while 32% said she did not.

Voters were split when asked if they considered first term Sen. Brown a leader or a follower. Forty-three percent of voters categorized him as leader in the upper chamber, while 38% said he is a follower.

The new figures follow a poll earlier in the week that showed the two candidates neck-and-neck ahead of the November election, a consistent trend thus far in the race.

Warren, who is expected to win the Democratic primary, and Brown have fundraised extensively ahead of the 2012 election. Warren pulled in $5.7 million in the fourth quarter fundraising period, outpacing Brown's $3.2 million.

Suffolk University and 7News polled 600 Massachusetts registered voters between February 11 and February 15 with a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.

– CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Elizabeth Warren • Massachusetts • Scott Brown • Senate
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Well, we'll see how close this is on election day.

    February 16, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  2. T'sah From Virginia

    That's not "inching" up – Looks like a significant lead. And WOW – all 600 of those polled must have gotten it right!!!

    Obama 2012 – Warren 2012 – Kaine 2012!!

    February 16, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  3. Dan from Tx

    Check out their records...Scott Brown has been almost as good for Democrats as Obama has been for Republicans! ALMOST....

    February 17, 2012 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  4. Jake

    Massachusetts: Don't mess this up. You may never have another candidate like Dr. Warren ever again. Please, please, please. Don't mess this up.

    February 17, 2012 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  5. BeverlyNC

    She should be ahead. She is intelligent, honest, knowlegeable about economics, genuine, and a proven servant for the People with her creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency (which then Republicans refused to confirm her to lead). She will make an outstanding Senator worthy of Ted Kennedy's seat.
    Scott Brown just signed on for this insane amendment to kill women's access to birth control. This has NOTHING to do with religious freedom. It about Republican men trying to destroy the rights of women to have access to proper healthcare and birth control. Republicans have always devalued women and we will not stand for any more Republican men blocking the rights of women. You rhink women were angry with Komen – just wait until the November elections. Women voters are going to clean out the House of all Republicans! We will not be taken back to the 19th century by a group of old white men Republicans. We stand with President Obama who stands up for both women and religious freedom.

    February 17, 2012 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
  6. Anonymous

    Go Warren!

    February 17, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  7. diridi

    go for Warren...Mass. God bless.

    February 17, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  8. independent

    There was a time when intelligence in a candidate stood for something in MA. When one candidate stands more for the people and the other candidate stands more for a National political rhetoric, the choice should be easy, and I think the people of MA will ultimately return this seat to the Party that represents them.

    February 17, 2012 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  9. Fair is Fair

    While this is welcome news, it's way too early to gauge and I know all too well what we're dealing with in Massachusetts. We will come out in droves again to support Scott Brown, just like we did in the special election.

    February 17, 2012 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  10. Peggy

    America needs Elizabeth Warren in the US senate.

    February 17, 2012 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  11. diridi

    @T'Sah, God bless you....Obama2012.
    PS: This nation is on right track, going in a right direction. I want all of you to campaign, and involve in political process. Please, do it for our nation. Election is Rich v/s Middle Class America.

    February 17, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  12. Independent Voters

    Warren would help Mass brings jobs and Brown is just like the rest of the republican destroying our country.
    Mass please dont let down america by electing Brown in office.

    February 17, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    It's Warren Massachussetts. Don't fall for the Right-wing b.s. that brought us the debacle of 2010.
    Warren 2012. Obama 2012. The best for America.

    February 17, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  14. Puddin

    He's real "purty," but she's real intelligent. In this day and time, we need intelligence and a lot of it. (Actually, I don't know how intelligent he is or is not, but since he's a Repub. we need as few of those as possible, judging from their behavior).

    February 17, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  15. malabar

    yeah! let's make sure this seat goes to someone worthy of a kennedy seat! although, i dont recall either candidate having dead interns, alcohol problems, or trying to arrange three ways with the very liberal carrie fisher. now THAT wud be classy! hahahaha

    February 17, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  16. No TEA Please

    Go Warren!

    February 17, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  17. atl

    since when is 9 points just "inches"?

    February 17, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |