WBUR Poll Shows Scott Brown in Good Shape for Special Senate Election

In theoretical races polled by WBUR and MassINC, Senator Scott Brown outpolled his Democratic opponents by 17-19 points.

With Senator John Kerry likely to be President Obama’s pick to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, a return to the Senate may be possible for Scott Brown if he chooses to once again run for the office according to a new poll of 500 registered voters from WBUR and MassINC.

Despite losing to Senator-Elect Elizabeth Warren in November, the majority of Massachusetts voters still have a favorable view of the Wrentham resident with 58% of those polled viewing him favorably compared to 28 percent who have an unfavorable view. 12 percent were undecided and one percent said they have not heard of Brown.

When polled against a generic Democrat, Brown received 47% of those polled and the Democratic received 39%. 15% were undecided or refused to answer the question.

In theoretical races polled by MassINC against U.S. Representatives Ed Markey, Mike Capuano, and Steve Lynch, Brown led by 17-19 points. 

Brown was also paired up against former U.S. Representative and University of Massachusetts Lowell president Marty Meehan that produced similar results in favor of Brown. Meehan recently said he was not interested in running for Senate.

There is also an advantage in name reconition as 33% of those polled said they have not heard of Markey, 30% said they did not know who Capuano was, and 27% had never heard of Lynch.

In the the primary, 81 percent of those who responded said they would vote for Brown. Six percent supported former Governor William Weld and five percent said they would back former Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker.

If Kerry is appointed as the next Secretary of State, a special election for Senator Kerry’s seat will be held 145-160 days after the seat is vacated. 

Click here to see the full results of the poll.

If there is a special election this summer, would you vote for Brown or someone else? Tell us in the comments section!


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