Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Brown Campaign Closing the Gap

With the special U.S. Senate election just two weeks away, State Senator Scott Brown is closing in on his Democratic opponent, Attorney General Martha Coakley, in the polls.

According to a new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey, Brown now trails Coakley by just 9 percentage points, with 50 percent of likely voters supporting the Attorney General and 41 percent supporting Brown. Just 1 percent of likely voters prefer neither candidate, while 7 percent are undecided.

Although both candidates draw strongly from voters within their respective political parties, Brown holds a commanding lead among so-called “unenrolled” voters, who support the Wrentham senator by a 65 percent to 21 percent margin. Brown also has a higher favorability rating, with 25 percent of voters expressing a “very favorable” opinion of him and only 5 percent having a “very unfavorable” opinion (Coakley’s comparable numbers are 21 percent “very favorable” and 22 percent “very unfavorable”).

Earlier today, Brown, Coakley and independent candidate Joe Kennedy participated in a live debate on WTKK’s Braude and Eagan show. In case you missed it, you can replay the audio on WTKK’s website.