Brown Still Leads in Mass. Senate, But Warren Closing In
Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., continues to enjoy remarkably high personal and job-related poll numbers, but Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren remains stubbornly close in a 2012 election matchup, according to a new survey of Bay State voters released Friday.
Brown's lead over Warren, according to the Western New England University poll, is just five points: 47 percent to 42 percent. Warren has benefited from the announcement of her candidacy last month; in March, Brown sported a 17-point lead over Warren.
Independents -- the largest voting bloc in Massachusetts -- propel Brown to his lead, breaking for him, 57 percent to 32 percent.
Brown leads City Year co-founder Alan Khazei by a wider margin: 52 percent to 35 percent.
Results of the poll are similar to a UMass-Lowell/Boston Herald poll released earlier this week that showed Brown with a three-point lead over Warren.
Brown's job rating remains overwhelmingly positive: 54 percent of voters approve, while 30 percent disapprove. That is down slightly from March, when 57 percent approved, and 24 percent disapproved.
Brown's personal ratings are also very positive: 52 percent have a favorable opinion of the Wrentham Republican, while 27 percent have an unfavorable opinion.