You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Brown with big lead over potential Senate rivals, poll shows

Senator Scott Brown lost his seat to Elizabeth Warren in the most recent election.

Charles Krupa/AP

Senator Scott Brown lost his seat to Elizabeth Warren in the most recent election.

Senator Scott Brown would most likely be back in the Senate if a special election were held today, according to a new poll.

The telephone poll of 500 registered voters, taken by the Mass Inc. Polling Group for WBUR, showed Brown, a Republican, leading a generic Democrat 47 percent to 39 percent, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percent. The remaining 15 percent of respondents did not express a preference.

Continue reading below

That’s about the same margin, 8 percentage points, by which Brown lost his seat to Elizabeth Warren, the Democrat who will replace him next month.

The poll also showed Brown leading several potential candidates in theoretical match-ups. The one who came closest to Brown, Governor Deval Patrick, lost to him by 7 points. Patrick has said he would not run.

Brown would defeat Attorney General Martha Coakley by 15 points, US Representative Ed Markey by 18 points, Representative Michael Capuano by 19 points, Representative Steve Lynch by 27 points , and former Representative Marty Mehan by 19 points.

Continue reading it below

The poll also shows that voters, despite ousting Brown, have a high opinion of him, with 58 percent of respondents saying they view him favorably compared with 28 percent who said they view him unfavorably. There had been concern after his tough election with Warren that his attacks could turn off voters.

The political world has been abuzz about a potential comeback for Brown since he lost the election last month. Senator John Kerry is expected to be named secretary of state, opening up a special election in the spring, after Patrick appoints an interim replacement.

Noah Bierman can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @noahbierman.
Loading comments...
Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
Please enter a valid email will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of