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New WBUR poll suggests Elizabeth Warren may struggle in 2018

Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke to thousands of participants in the Boston Women’s March for America on Saturday.John Tlumacki/Globe staff

A WBUR-FM poll released Monday suggests that Senator Elizabeth Warren could face issues with her 2018 reelection campaign.

Why is that? When respondents were asked whether Warren deserved reelection, 46 percent said that it was time to “give someone else a chance.” That compares to 44 percent of voters who said that Warren should get another term.

In the same poll, Governor Charlie Baker had a 59 percent favorability rating, compared to Warren’s 51 percent.

The telephone survey of 508 Massachusetts voters was conducted Jan. 15-17 for WBUR by The MassINC Polling Group. It has a 4.4 percentage point margin of error.


Steve Koczela of MassINC told WBUR the numbers weren’t “reassuring” for Warren.

“No one’s going to look at a 44 percent reelect number and think that that’s a good number,” Koczela said.

While Baker’s favorability rating appears strong, it was 10 points higher in June at 69 percent.

Warren has said she’ll seek another term in the Senate. Baker, who’s up for reelection that same year, hasn’t announced whether he’ll seek to retain his office.