EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 24, 2012

Poll: Dead heat in Mass. US Senate contest


BOSTON (AP) — A new poll shows the race between incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and chief Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren is a virtual dead heat.

The Suffolk University and WHDH-TV poll also indicates that lingering questions about Warren's claims of Native American heritage isn't seen as a major issue for most voters.

The poll of 600 likely Massachusetts general election voters found 48 percent back Brown and 47 percent support Warren. That's well within the poll's margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.

The poll also found that while 72 percent of voters were aware of the questions surrounding Warren's heritage, 69 percent said they didn't feel it was a significant story.

The May 20-22 poll also indicates Warren's claim that Brown is a Wall Street favorite doesn't have traction with voters.