Raleigh, N.C. – Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren leads Republican Scott Brown by 5 points, 46-41, a new poll from Public Policy Polling finds. Warren has increased her lead from 46-44 the last time PPP polled Massachusettes in September 2011. Scott Brown still enjoys almost unanimous support from Republicans, winning their share of the vote 89-3. Brown even takes a fair share of Democratic voters, taking 17% of them to Warren’s 72%, and he also wins independent voters by 12 points, 48-36. The difference is that in his 2010 victory Brown won independent voters by 32 points.
Voters are split down the middle on whether Scott Brown has been “an independent voice for Massachusetts” or “a partisan voice for the national Republican Party”, with 41% of voters picking each description. Independent voters see Brown as an “independent voice” by a 47-34 margin. The proportion of voters who see Brown as an independent voice for Massachusetts has gone down since last September – back then voters say him as more independent than partisan by a 47-41 margin. Warren’s favorability rating sits at 46% favorable and 33% unfavorable.