WASHINGTON – A new poll shows that Senator Scott Brown is in a good position heading into his 2012 reelection, leading five potential opponents by at least 7 percentage points.
In hypothetical head-to-head matchups, the Massachusetts Republican leads against Vicki Kennedy, 48-to-41, and Governor Deval Patrick, 49-to-42, according to a poll conducted earlier this week by Public Policy Polling.
Brown also leads Representative Edward J. Markey by 10 points (49-to-39); Representative Michael Capuano by 16 points (52-to-36); and Representative Stephen Lynch by 19 points (49-to-30).
No Democrat has announced their intentions to run against Brown, however, and much can change in the next two years before the election.
Nonetheless, the poll found that Brown’s popularity in Massachusetts has remained strong. Fifty-three percent of those surveyed said they approved of his job performance, while 29 percent disapproved. His rating was particularly high among the independent voters who could decide an election, with 61 percent approving of his job performance.
The Raleigh, N.C.-based polling firm surveyed 500 Bay State voters between Nov. 29 and Dec. 1. The survey has a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points.
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