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

New poll suggests Brown more popular than Obama, Kerry

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(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. Steve (the real one)

    I like Brown but if we were voting for homecoming King, this poll would make sense! Popular doesn't always equal good!

    June 28, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. AJ

    Its interesting that the people of MA have suddenly become a bunch of bigoted right-wing zealots but Democrats and Progressives should now boycott MA. They can elect anyone they want in their little hate filled hearts but the rest of us don't need to spend our money there either.

    June 28, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. All the news that is fit to omit

    Considering this is the Globe, the numbers I am sure should be higher.

    Oweblamo and long Jawn Kerry, are no longer favorites of this changing electorate, Dems be afraif come November, be very afraid.

    Too bad Jawn is not running, he would be toast as many surveys have stated and we can't un-vote for Obambi until 2012, BUT we can take out his brother from another mother Patrick real soon and WE will.

    Dump Deval Patrick 2010 – Together we can..............

    June 28, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. FM

    I hope I am on CNN website and not on Fox News one. 55% and 54% what is the difference here? Your heading is misleading dear CNN. Brown should be rating from 70% onwards if the majority favour him. But this is not the case. He is also directly responsible for his constituency unlike the President!

    June 28, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  5. Tony in Maine

    This helps explain the unfathomable...how GWB was elected in a literate nation.

    People may be able to read, but comprehension is a skill not widespread.

    June 28, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  6. Lynn

    Sex appeal will win out every time, look at Palin. Nothing from the neck up, but neck down she uses what she has to her advantage. Brown is good looking, no doubt, and will take a lesson from Palin's play book.

    June 28, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. Barack.Hussein.Obama-America's-Benevolent-DICTATOR

    Liberal groups have been running attack ads on Brown since he took office. It is quite pathetic to start blaming the guy for stuff before he's had a chance to find his office! Ridiculous...

    June 28, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. pete at the beach

    Its easy to be popular when you really havent done anything except talk macho

    June 28, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. goon

    Still too new to make the poll valid, all new things are popular. Give it time for accuracy, he may become more or less popular.

    June 28, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. hobart

    55 to 54 to 52. Are you serious?! Do you have even the slightest understanding of statistics, confidence intervals and sampling error.

    You've lost all polling credibility with that nonsense.

    June 28, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. Willy Brown

    Heck my dog is more popular than Barry.

    June 28, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. Polls can statistically state whatever one manipulates them to suggest.......

    This poll is a joke. The Boston Globe polling by survey has the same legitimacy; as if Fox news surveyed Dick Cheney in comparison to Barak Obama. And in such a case, Dick Cheney would prevail in a Fox news survey. Eventhough, Obama is a far better President than Cheney could ever hope to be.............This poll means nothing.

    June 28, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. A new poll suggests

    A new poll is worth about a plug nickle because opinions change so fast

    June 28, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. jules sand-perkins

    I don't know about Massachusetts, but Senator Brown is certainly more popular than President Obama at our house.
    The senator from Massachusetts would make a fine president.

    June 28, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. Ruth

    Yeah, like I believe that?

    June 28, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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