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    Not The Boston Globe’s headline: Scott Brown maintains lead, Warren negatives rise

    Not The Boston Globe’s headline: Scott Brown maintains lead, Warren negatives rise

    A new poll shows trouble for Elizabeth Warren, but not if you just read The Boston Globe’s headline:  Scott Brown, Elizabeth Warren neck and neck in new poll.

    But read on and the article tells a different story than the headline portrays (emphasis mine):

    Despite a five-week drubbing over her claims to Native American heritage, Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren remains neck and neck with US Senator Scott Brown, a Republican, as she heads into Saturday’s state party convention, a new Globe poll shows.

    But there are signs that the controversy has wounded the first-time candidate, whose entrance into the race came with a star power that galvanized Democrats and catapulted the contest into one of the most closely watched in the nation.

    Although the vast majority of voters (72 percent) said the issue would not affect their vote, 31 percent of self-described independents — a critical voting bloc — said the issue makes them less likely to support Warren in November. And though the Harvard professor’s popularity has risen one percentage point, to 48 percent, since the Globe polled in March, the percentage of detractors has climbed more precipitously, by nine points to 32 percent.

    The poll shows Brown in a strong position. The incumbent’s job approval rating is at a comfortable 60 percent, with just 31 percent of voters saying they disapprove of the work he is doing in Washington….

    Voters appeared divided over whether she has satisfactorily explained her assertion of Native American identity, with 42 percent saying she had not adequately explained it and 37 percent saying she had.

    So Elizabeth Warren is being hurt badly by her false claim to be Native American, and her robotic allegiance to that false claim despite a mountain of evidence showing otherwise, including a complete genealogical rundown of her maternal lineage showing no Native American ancestry.

    And Scott Brown has high positives and has maintained his lead despite several million dollars in advertising by Warren.

    Alternative headline:  “Many Massachusetts voters willing to vote for someone who stands by claims she knows to be false.”

    Alternative headline:  “Massachusetts voters need an intervention.”


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    PhillyGuy | June 2, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Despite all her lies and distortions, she’s still only down by 2? That is disappointing.

      Mary Sue in reply to PhillyGuy. | June 2, 2012 at 10:31 am

      I think the head-to-head is misleading here. If Brown is at 58 approval he is in much better shape for reelection than the polling suggests. People are not likely to fire an incumbent they generally like and feel is doing a good job. They are even less likely to fire that person to replace them with one they don’t like as well. Warren is probably down by more than 2 points particularly when the poll has 23% undecideds. The pollster also doesn’t try to tease out leaners either which would give us a better picture but a good portion must be leaning to Brown since his approvals are high.

    Ragspierre | June 2, 2012 at 8:24 am

    A recently discovered video shows Elizabeth Warren telling another tall tale about her family. The day after she announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate, Democrat Elizabeth Warren told the convocation at the University of Massachusetts-Boston: “My grandmother drove a wagon in the land rush to settle territory out west. It was 1889, she was 15 years old…She lived to be 94, to see her youngest grandchild–that’s me–graduate from college…”. The only problem with this story is that it’s not true.


    RosalindJ | June 2, 2012 at 9:22 am

    “Not the Boston Globe’s Headline”, which parallels the local media near-saturation with Lizzie being tossed a lot of soft ball questions.

    With few exceptions, I believe the TV personalities went to the Barbara Walters school of journ-o-lism.

    Donald Douglas | June 2, 2012 at 10:56 am

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