When it comes to the two US senators from Massachusetts, there is a sun and there is a moon, according to a newly released poll.
Senator Elizabeth Warren has higher approval ratings and is seen as a better representative and more effective than fellow Democrat Edward J. Markey by a big majority of those surveyed, a University of Massachusetts Amherst poll of registered voters found.
Forty-seven percent of respondents approved of the way Warren is doing her job, while 35 percent disapproved. Sixteen percent neither approved nor disapproved.
Thirty-five percent of respondents approved of the way Markey was doing his job, while 32 percent disapproved. Twenty-eight percent neither approved nor disapproved.
Asked which senator did a better job representing the people of Massachusetts, 68 percent said Warren, while 32 percent said Markey.
Sixty-seven percent said Warren was more effective in Congress, while 33 percent said Markey was more effective.
The poll also asked about Markey voting “present” in September of last year on a measure giving President Obama the authority to use military force in Syria. Thirty-one percent said they approved of that vote, while 66 percent said they opposed it.
The survey, conducted by YouGov America, interviewed 500 registered Massachusetts voters online from March 31 to April 6. The poll’s margin of error was plus or minus 5.9 percentage points.
Warren, who unseated Republican Scott Brown in 2012, is not scheduled to face voters again until 2018.
Markey won a special election in 2013 to finish the term of John F. Kerry, who resigned to become secretary of state. He beat Republican Gabriel Gomez by 10 percentage points in that contest. Political analysts believe the Malden Democrat is favored to win his first full term this November.
Brian Herr, a Hopkinton Republican, is challenging Markey.
A March survey from WBUR found Markey easily topping Herr, 50 percent to 29 percent.Joshua Miller can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos.