New Poll Puts Elizabeth Warren Back in the Lead

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According to a new poll, presumed Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren has regained the lead in the Massachusetts Senate race. The poll administered by Public Policy Polling surveyed 936 Massachusetts voters from March 16-18. The poll found Warren with a five-point lead over incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown.

Overall Support

Warren was the preferred choice of 46 percent of respondents to 41 percent for Brown, giving her a lead just outside the poll's margin of error of 3.2 percent. In the last PPP poll in September, Warren led 46 percent to 44 percent. Three polls in February showed Brown with the lead.

Reaching Across the Aisle

Brown enjoys modest support from self-identified Democratic voters. While 17 percent of Democrats said they supported Brown, only 3 percent of self-identified Republicans supported Warren. Among independents, Brown led 48 percent to 36 percent, with 16 percent undecided.

Partisan Voice?

Voters were split on whether Brown was "an independent voice for Massachusetts" or "a partisan voice for the national Republican party." Overall, 41 percent picked either answer, with 19 percent unsure. Among Democrats, only 24 percent thought Brown was "an independent voice" compared to 68 percent of Republicans and 47 percent of independents.

Academic Elitist?

Harvard University, where Warren is employed, was viewed favorably by 57 percent of respondents. Only 19 percent viewed Harvard unfavorably, while 24 percent were unsure. Republicans were almost evenly split, 37 percent favorable to 38 percent not and 25 percent uncertain. Half of independents and almost three-quarters of Democrats had a favorable opinion of Harvard.

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