Polls show narrow Senate race in Massachusetts
October 9th, 2012
11:04 AM ET
2 years ago

Polls show narrow Senate race in Massachusetts

(CNN) - The battle in Massachusetts between Sen. Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren for U.S. Senate is locked in a dead heat, two polls released this week indicated.

One poll, from Western New England University, showed Warren edging Brown 50%-45%. Another survey, from WBUR, showed Brown with the advantage, netting the support of 47% of likely Massachusetts voters compared to 43% for Warren. Margins in both polls were within the sampling error.

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The two candidates are waging a bitter fight in the state, with Brown raising questions about Warren's claims to Native American heritage and Warren volleying back, asserting Brown has ties to big banks on Wall Street.

The two last debated October 1. At that event, both candidates stuck to messages of independence from their respective parties, as well as the barbs they've used on the campaign trail and in television ads.

"I vote about 50 percent with my party and about 50 percent with the Democratic Party," Brown said at the debate, held at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. "That's a lot different than what Professor Warren would do."

Sitting next to Brown at a table on stage, Warren took issue with the senator's self-portrayal as a bipartisan lawmaker.

Asked, however, whether she felt she could work with any current Republican members of the Senate, Warren named only retiring Sen. Dick Lugar of Indiana, who lost his seat in a heated primary battle earlier this year.

Pressed further, the Harvard law professor said it would "depend on the issue" and pointed to her experience "working across the aisle" when she served as Obama's adviser during the formation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The Western New England poll released Monday surveyed 440 likely voters by telephone between September 28 and October 4, and the sampling error was plus or minus 4.7 percentage points. WBUR's poll surveyed 501 likely voters by telephone October 5-7, and the sampling error was plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

CNN's Ashley Killough and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


Filed under: Elizabeth Warren • Massachusetts • Scott Brown
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Name HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    Sen. Brown has turned off a lot of voters solely because of his campaigns disrespect towards Ms. Warren's heritage. He should have know that was a losing strategy. There is a wave of democrat women senators coming to Congress.

    October 9, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. once upon a horse

    well one thing is for sure, once all these polls start to narrow I'm sure the right wing talk of them being skewed and all the conspiracy theories will cease.....at least until they flip back into the Dems favors then WATCH OUT!!

    October 9, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. Borderless

    Anything to neuter Ried is ok with me. I am so tired of his brand of crazy.

    October 9, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. TparTpatriot

    "I vote about 50 percent with my party and about 50 percent with the Democratic Party," Brown said at the debate

    I guess we didn't do a good enough job of purging the RINOs from the party. Time to put more resources into getting tea party candidates elected.

    October 9, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. California Gary

    If the race is this close, you have to give the edge to the Democrat......after all, this was Ted Kennedy's seat we are talking about.

    October 9, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. Borderless

    If Pelosi and Reid are heads on the crazy coin, the Tea Party is tails.

    October 9, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  7. ezduzit757

    I'm from Massachusetts and I used to like Scott Brown. He seemed like a nice "regular" guy driving around in his pick-up truck. I felt like I knew his wife Gail, having spent many storms watching her, a local news reporter who always seemed to get those nasty weather stories where she was reporting from "out in the storm". Now I keep the remote close by my side and every time I hear one of his ads come on I quickly reach for it to mute the tv until the ad is over. He has been SO negative. Rarely does he say anything good about anything that he has done – almost all of his ads are negative – and personally negative, not just policy. On the other hand, most of her ads are about positive things that she has done or that she stands for. He's shown me his true colors, especially in that debate – that he's a nasty mean guy with nothing to run on but attack ads. I could NEVER vote for him.

    October 9, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. Fair is Fair

    Name HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    Sen. Brown has turned off a lot of voters solely because of his campaigns disrespect towards Ms. Warren's heritage. He should have know that was a losing strategy. There is a wave of democrat women senators coming to Congress.
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    My great-grandmother was full Native American... that makes me 1/8. Never, and I repeat NEVER, did I use that part of my heritage on a job application. Ms. Warren, on the other hand, parlayed her 1/32 (a full 2 generations less than myself) on multiple occasions. It's a matter of character, of which she shows little. And by the way... who's in this "wave of democrat women senators coming to congress" you're referring to????

    October 9, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. lnd72

    Please Massachusetts, don't elect Elizabeth Warren. She resents anyone who achieves some financial success, and thinks that they should be taxed heavily to pay for more government programs.

    October 9, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. john

    if we reelect President Obama and throw out the republican senate and congress, work would actually get done.

    October 9, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  11. aflyer guy

    Warren will win because she is for the people, and for the middle class. A smart, tough woman who is not bought by wall street. Republicans have truly sold out to the 1 percent. They have no credibility left. Brown is just another moiuthpiece for the gop. Why was he elecþed in the first place?!?! Obama/biden 2012!!!

    October 9, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  12. Fair is Fair

    California Gary

    If the race is this close, you have to give the edge to the Democrat......after all, this was Ted Kennedy's seat we are talking about.
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    So what happened in the special election to fill the seat?

    October 9, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  13. Kayleec

    If you are a woman or a minority and vote for Sen. Brown, I would question your sanity! Warren is not only for the people and the middle class, she respects all races, all genders, etc....Warren and Obama in 2012!

    October 9, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. Annirich

    Seems to me that Ms. Warren has a habit of lieing. Do you want more of that in Washington?

    October 9, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. Annirich

    I thought you progressive co mmie women dems said that the reps were waging a 'war on women'? uh....how about Elizabeth Warren illegally (she didn't have her law license) advising Dow Corning to get into bankruptch court so that all the women's lawsuits against their breat implants, which were making them ill, would be pushed to another court? uh......shouldn't she be on the side of the women instead of her big contributors?

    October 9, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |