MassINC Polling Group/WBUR poll on upcoming Senate race draws national headlines

The MassINC Polling Group and WBUR Tuesday released a poll that found undeclared potential Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren trailing Senator Scott Brown by just 9 points among likely voters in the 2012 election. Warren trails Brown by the smallest margin of any in the current Democratic field.

The poll, released Tuesday morning on WBUR, made national headlines, appearing in Talking Points Memo, CNN’s Political Ticker blog,  the Washington Post’s The Fix blog, Politico and the Huffington Post. Closer to home, the results were reported in the Globe and the Herald.

MassINC Polling Group president Steve Koczela appeared on WBUR’s Morning Edition early Tuesday to discuss the findings.

“Elizabeth Warren is trailing Scott Brown right now 44 to 35, so it’s a 9 point margin despite her not actually being formally in the race at this point,” Koczela told host Bob Oakes.  “There’s still a long way to go, so to be within 9 and not even to be in the race yet is a good showing.”

The poll also found that while Warren had the most name recognition of any Democrat in the race, over half of respondents in the western and central regions of Massachusetts said they had never heard of her, compared to 35 percent in the Boston area.

The poll was conducted by telephone from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, and has a margin of error of 4.4 percent. Click here for the full results.

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