Warren opens lead over Brown in Massachusetts
Elizabeth Warren has jumped out to a lead over incumbent U.S. Sen. Scott Brown in the nationally-watched Massachusetts 2012 Senate contest, according to the latest public opinion survey by the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and the Boston Herald.
The telephone poll of 500 Bay State registered voters puts Democrat Warren at 49 percent, Republican Brown at 42 percent. The survey carries an error margin of plus or minus 5.3 percentage points.
This represents an improvement for Warren over a similar poll conducted in October, which had the candidates statistically tied.
Some highlights of the poll:
Both candidates received nearly the same support among male voters but Warren held a 51 to 38 percent bulge over Brown among women voters.
Warren has a 20-point lead among voters who live in Boston and the inner ring of suburbs inside Route 128. Brown and Warren are tied in the rest of Massachusetts.
President Obama continues to harvest support from Bay State voters. Obama’s favorability number is 61 percent while 31 percent rate the president as unfavorable.