Leading candidates even in Mass. Senate race
December 1st, 2011
01:38 PM ET
10 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. vic , nashville ,tn

    2012 democrat’s year,
    Sen. Scott Brown campaign raised millions and cash in hands millions but he didn’t want to raise tax for rich he will lose in the election
    2012 about raising a tax for rich

    December 1, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. diridi

    MA, go for Elizebeth Warren...the Best....o.k, the other guy is for Rich, Corporate, Insurance thugs, not for you Middle class America, not for you...god bless....

    December 1, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. GOP = Greed Over People

    Looks like the naked poster boy is in trouble, if he is trailing this far out from the 2012 election.

    December 1, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. MaryM

    The GOP (guardians of plutocracy) really dont like INTELLIGENT Woman. ( Bachmann and palin for example).
    ELIZABETH you have my vote

    December 1, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. ABM

    Time to sweep the tea party backed pols out. They are pulling the country in the wrong direction.

    December 1, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. A True Centrist

    Elizabeth Warren...openly bashed GE for paying no taxes, yet accepted campaign donations from a lobbyist for GE.

    Elizabeth Warren...the self-proclaimed "intellectual" founder of the Occupy movement. Several rapes, murders, drug dealings, diseases etc. later, she no longer discusses the Occupy movement.

    Elizabeth Warren...self-proclaimed "middle class" yet lives in a mansion in Cambridge worth millions.

    Yes, Elizabeth Warren who talks the talk and nothing else. By the way, great piece of legislation sponsored by Scott Brown was taken to the Senate floor today that would tighten insider trader regulations on members of Congress. This would seem like a no brainer but we all know nothing is a no-brainer in Washington.

    December 1, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. A True Centrist

    @Hoosiers for Obama "Another Tea Party Victim !! Go Warren !!!"

    Hahaha...the Tea Party hates Scott Brown. Stick with Indiana politics, you obviously know nothing about Massachusetts politics.

    December 1, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  8. A True Centrist

    @Hoosiers for Obama

    A few clips just to show how ignorant your statement was:

    "In 2010, he was the tea party poster boy. In 2012, Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown may not get so much as a nod of acknowledgement from tea party groups."

    “Scott Brown has disappointed us a few times,” Carlos Hernandez, state coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, told TheDC. “So are we going to go out there and hold signs for him everyday? I don’t think so."

    December 1, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. The Greedy Old Pigs are a neocon deathcult for diseased minds

    "Elizabeth Warren...the self-proclaimed "intellectual" founder of the Occupy movement. Several rapes, murders, drug dealings, diseases etc. later, she no longer discusses the Occupy movement.

    Elizabeth Warren...self-proclaimed "middle class" yet lives in a mansion in Cambridge worth millions."

    Wow, major logic failure there trying to tie Warren's support for the OWS principles of removing the influence of money on our government with the rare instances of bad events happening on the ground. You're not a very clear thinker, are you? And you don't seem to understand reality very well either ,If you did you would certainly be aware that most professors at upper-grade colleges live in nice homes. It says nothing about the politics or character of the professor.

    December 1, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. petena

    Elizabeth: You "GO" girl.
    Scotty: Go drink your "TEA" with the rest of you who will be out in 2012.

    December 1, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    A True Centrist, I read your bashing of Elizabeth Warren's record, especially the references to the rapes, murders, drug dealings, etc: exactly how many people were killed by members of the Occupy Movement? please supply us with EXACT Numbers that were not furnished by Sean Hannity. As a related point, did you endorse the carrying of firearms by Tea Party Members durign their rallies, or the verbal and physical stomping of opponants? For example, did you like the footage of Rand Paul supporters pushing and stomping the head of a woman who carried a sign of his opponant last year? Did you sympathize with one of the men involved when he said that the woman provoked him? By the way, why should you object if Elizabeth Warren lives in a nice home? What were the details of the legislation Brown introduced on the Senate floor, and why did he wait until AFTER the piece implicating members of Congress in insider trading to introduce it? Seems like Brown is nothing more than a typical GOP ambulance chaser, and you dutifully swallow whatever scraps he throws your way. Way to suck down the kool-aide: by the way, you're no centrist, you're a follower of the trail of breadcrumbs the GOP leaves for you.

    December 1, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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