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Scott Brown in 'Strong Position' for 2012

6:38 PM, Mar 14, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
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A Western New England College poll on Massachusetts senator Scott Brown's reelection chances in 2012 finds the Republican polling quite well:

Republican Scott Brown is in a strong position as he prepares to seek a full six-year term in the United States Senate in 2012, according to the latest survey from the Western New England College Polling Institute. The telephone survey of 472 registered voters, conducted March 6-10, found that Brown is the best known among a list of declared and possible candidates for Senate, with a favorability rating of 53 percent and an unfavorability rating of 27 percent.

Also, 52 percent of registered voters say Brown deserves to be re-elected, while 28 percent say he does not deserve to be re-elected. Brown won a special election in January 2010 to serve the remainder of the late Senator Edward Kennedy's unexpired term and is expected to seek a full term in 2012.

The poll found that Brown holds double-digit leads in potential matchups against U.S. Rep. Mike Capuano of Somerville, who unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for Senate leading up to the special election, and Elizabeth Warren, an advisor to President Barack Obama and architect of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Among registered voters, if the election were held today, Brown would lead Capuano 51 percent to 38 percent with 10 percent undecided. Brown would be ahead 51 percent to 34 percent with 14 percent undecided against Warren, a Harvard Law School professor whom Democratic activists and bloggers are attempting to recruit for the Senate race.

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