Talk about a change in polling — in just a matter of two weeks, Democratic senate candidate Elizabeth Warren has gone from trailing Republican incumbent Scott Brown by at least eight points to leading him by five. That dramatic shift, according to Public Policy Polling, is caused by her new appeal to Independent Massachusetts voters who previously were drawn to Brown at a two to one margin.
“Warren is reclaiming the middle from Brown,” said PPP Director Tom Jensen. “We find her up 42-40 with moderate voters, a group that we found Brown leading Coakley 55-41 with. She’s also inspiring a lot of enthusiasm from young people. 56% rate her favorably to 27% with an unfavorable view, and she leads Brown 56-29 with them.”
It’s no surprise that voters are beginning to see Brown as “too conservative,” as the polling suggests, nor that he is losing his appeal to younger voters. His extreme position on the birth control mandate and his continued caucusing with the rest of the Republican party in senate is highly unlikely to resonate well with the more moderate voters that account for a large part of the state’s population.
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