The latest Boston Globe poll shows Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren leading incumbent Senator Scott Brown by 43% to 38%. However, the poll shows that 18% of those polled remain undecided.
This is a turnaround for Warren from the last Globe poll conducted in May when Senator Brown held a two point lead. The result, though, still falls within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 4.4%.
During the month of September there have been a total of eight public polls on the race, six of which showed Warren in the lead.
The candidates will face off in their second debate of the campaign tomorrow night at 7 pm on WHDH channel 7.
Andrew E. Smith, the Globe’s pollster and the director of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, commented, “It’s trending away from Brown,’’ he said . “Brown right now is not doing well enough among Democrats to offset the advantage that Warren has. That’s just such a big obstacle to overcome for any Republican candidate” in Massachusetts.
The poll also showed strong support for two state ballot questions, which require more than 50 percent approval to pass. A full 68 percent of voters, including a majority in both parties, said they support a voter initiative that would make physician-assisted suicide legal for terminally ill patients, compared with 20 percent of respondents who said they oppose the measure. Likewise, 69 percent of voters in the poll said they support a measure to make marijuana legal for medical use. This question also received bipartisan support.
In regards to the controversy surrounding Warren’s claims of Native American heritage, the poll suggests most voters are now familiar with the controversy, with 79 percent in the survey saying they were at least somewhat familiar with it, compared with 70 percent who said so in May.
Of those who knew of the controversy, 71 percent said it would have no impact on their vote, while 24 percent said it would make them less likely to support Warren. Notably, 10 percent of Obama’s supporters are among the group who said the controversy makes them less likely to vote for Warren.