Poll: Brown Leads Warren, But He's Vulnerable
Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass, leads Democrat Elizabeth Warren by nine points, as the architect of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ponders a bid to unseat Brown in 2012, according to a new poll released Tuesday.
Brown leads Warren, 44 percent to 35 percent, according to the survey, conducted by the MassINC Polling Group. Two percent of likely voters said they would vote for another candidate, and 18 percent were undecided.
Brown holds larger leads over other, more minor candidates, outpacing City Year co-founder Alan Khazei by 15 points, activist Bob Massie by 16 points and Newton Mayor Setti Warren by 18 points.
A majority of likely voters -- 54 percent -- have a favorable opinion of Brown, while a quarter have an unfavorable opinion. Nearly half of likely voters said they had never heard of Elizabeth Warren, and only 30 percent of voters know enough to form an opinion.
The MassINC poll follows data from a Boston Globe poll published Sunday that showed a slight uptick in the percentage of Bay Staters who had an unfavorable opinion of Brown.