Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown Holds Sizeable Advantage In Early Polling

Massachusetts 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.

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