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Posted at 9:25 a.m. on Feb. 17, 2012
Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R) led presumptive Democratic nominee Elizabeth Warren by 9 points in a new poll of registered voters. Forty-nine percent of those surveyed said they would vote for Brown, while 40 percent said they would vote for Warren. Nine percent were undecided.
Among independents, a voting bloc likely to decide the tossup contest, Brown led Warren 60 percent to 28 percent.
Fifty-two percent of those polled had a favorable opinion of Brown while 28 percent had an unfavorable impression of him; 17 percent had heard of him but were undecided. Thirty-five percent of those polled had a favorable view of Warren, while 28 percent had an unfavorable impression of her; 24 percent had heard of her but were undecided.
The Suffolk University/7 News poll was conducted Feb. 11-15 using live telephone interviews to landlines and cellphones. The poll surveyed 600 Bay State registered voters. The margin of error was 4 points.
A poll earlier this week that had the race essentially tied was of likely voters, while this poll was of the broader universe of registered voters. While the earlier survey polled the Senate ballot test after asking about the favorability of various public figures, this poll had the favorability questions as well as a series of other questions before asking for whom respondents would vote for if the election were held today.