Poll Shows Mass. Senate Race Too Close to Call

Saturday, 02 Jun 2012 09:35 AM

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A new Boston Globe poll shows the race between Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren and incumbent US Senator Scott Brown is a tossup with Brown leading Warren 39 percent to 37 percent.

Those numbers, released Saturday, mirror the Globe’s March poll that also showed the GOP senator leading by two percentage points. The survey indicates that overall Brown, though in a strong position, has gotten little traction from the intense media coverage of Warren’s claim of Cherokee heritage on college job applications.

Most voters — 72 percent — said Warren’s controversial claim would not affect their vote but 31 percent of independents said it will tilt them toward Brown. And since March, the percentage of Warren detractors has jumped nine points to 32 percent.

Brown’s job approval rating is at 60 percent, with 31 percent of voters disapproving. When asked who is more likeble, 52 percent said Brown; 26 percent said Warren, according to the Globe poll.

"This will be a really close race all the way through," said Andrew Smith, director of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, who conducted the poll. The two-point gap is well within the survey's margin of error.

Warren, a Harvard professor, said Friday that she didn’t reveal until this week that she told past employers about her Native American ancestry because she needed more time to recall actions and events of years ago.

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