New poll shows Warren leading Brown
A new poll shows Elizabeth Warren leading Senator Scott Brown by six percentage points, the seventh of nine taken since October that show the Democratic challenger ahead of the Republican incumbent.
The poll by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic leaning firm, found Warren ahead 52 percent to 46 percent.
The automated telephone poll of 1,089 likely voters was taken Thursday and Friday and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.
The poll found Brown has a high approval rating, with 52 percent saying they approve of his job performance and only 36 percent disapproving. Usually, that’s a good sign for an incumbent.
But the poll found Warren is consolidating Democrats behind her, securing 84 percent of their votes. That’s the key to her victory in a presidential year, where the party has a three-to-one advantage over Republicans in registration, as well as an extensive organization to get voters to the polls. The survey found President Obama leading Mitt Romney by 15 percentage points, 57 percent to 42 percent.
The poll found Brown winning the vote of self-identified independents by a 59-38 margin.
Warren, meanwhile, released a new radio ad featuring Matt Damon, the Cambridge-raised actor who has raised money for her.
“I’m part of the one percent you’ve been hearing about recently, but I come from the middle class and that’s where my loyalty lies,” he says in the introduction, later adding that the “one percent don’t need a tax cut.”
“If you think the way I do, the only possible conclusion you can come to is to get out on Tuesday and vote for Elizabeth Warren,” he adds. “Elizabeth is incorruptible, she has no problem speaking truth to power, she will not be intimidated and in a country where inequality is on the rise, she’s prepared to be a warrior for the middle class.
Both candidates have a full slate of rallies today. Brown began his day on Cape Cod before holding a rally at Plimouth Plantation. Warren was in Springfield where hundreds of supporters packed a rally.Noah Bierman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @noahbierman.