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Brown opens 5-point lead on Warren in new poll

The survey also found that Senator Brown led with men by more than 20 percentage points, while Warren 
led among women by 9 points.
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The survey also found that Senator Brown led with men by more than 20 percentage points, while Warren led among women by 9 points.

Elizabeth Warren stepped up her attacks against Scott Brown over women’s issues Tuesday as a new poll showed her trailing the Republican senator by 5 points.

The automated phone survey conducted Aug. 16 to Aug. 19 by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic leaning firm, indicated Brown ahead 49 percent to 44 percent, the first time he has led in the firm’s polling since June 2011. The poll’s margin of error is 2.9 percentage points. The survey also found that Brown led with men by more than 20 percentage points, while Warren led among women by 9 points.

The firm’s last poll in June found the two Senate rivals were tied, similar to other surveys taken in recent months. The newest poll comes amid heavy advertising campaigns by both candidates.

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Warren has been focusing this week on women, who make up the bulk of independent voters in the state.

At a press conference Tuesday hosted by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a left-leaning group, Warren said Brown’s vow to repeal President Obama’s health care law and support for Mitt Romney’s bid would turn back the clock on women’s health and financial security.

Noah Bierman can be reached at noahbierman@globe.com.