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WBUR Statewide Poll (02/14/2012- Topline)

WBUR Statewide Poll (02/14/2012- Topline)

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WBUR/MassINC poll on Senate and presidential candidates, and the Mass. health law
WBUR/MassINC poll on Senate and presidential candidates, and the Mass. health law

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Published by: WBUR on Feb 14, 2012
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18 Tremont St. Ste. 1120 Boston, MA 02108 / (617) 224-1647 / massincpolling.com
WBUR Massachusetts 2012 General Election Poll
Topline ResultsSurvey of 503 Likely VotersField Dates: February 6-9, 2012I'm going to read you the names of several people who are active in public affairs. After I read eachone please tell me if you have a generally favorable or generally unfavorable view of the person. If you have never heard of the person or if you are undecided, please just say so.
How about 
Have you heard of 
and are undecidedabout (him/her)? Or have you never heard of (him/her)?
Order rotated 
Favorable UnfavorableHeard of /UndecidedNeverheard of RefusedScott Brown50% 29% 15% 6% 1%Elizabeth Warren39% 29% 15% 14% 3%Barack Obama60% 30% 6% 3% 1%Mitt Romney39% 46% 11% 3% 1%Newt Gingrich9% 72% 12% 6% 1%John Kerry51% 31% 13% 4% 0%Deval Patrick 55% 30% 11% 4% 0%If the November two thousand twelve election for U.S. Senate were held today, and if the candidateswere for Democrat Elizabeth Warren
and Republican Scott Brown, for whom would you vote?
Order rotated 
 Scott Brown 43%Elizabeth Warren 46%Another Candidate 1%
Don’t Know / Undecided
11%Refused 0%
Question, candidate order 
rotated for next two questions
If the November, twenty twelve election for President were held today, and the candidates wereDemocrat Barack Obama or and Republican Mitt Romney, for whom would you vote?Barack Obama 55%Mitt Romney 34%Another Candidate 1%
Don’t Know / Undecided
7%Refused 1%
The MassINC Polling Group 2
If the November, twenty twelve election for President were held today, and the candidates wereDemocrat Barack Obama or and Republican Newt Gingrich, for whom would you vote?Barack Obama 66%Newt Gingrich 19%Another Candidate 4%
Don’t Know / Undecided
9%Refused 2%Based on what you know about Mitt Romney, do you think he has held the same positions onimportant issues over the years, or do you think he has changed his positions on important issues?
Order rotated 
He has held the same positions on important issues over the years
22%He has changed his positions on important issues
Don’t Know / Refused
I’d like to read you some issues or characteristics that people might consider when they chose for
whom to vote for U.S. Senate and ask you to compare the candidates. For each one, please tell mewhether it better describes
Elizabeth Warren, Scott Brown, or both of them equally.
Candidateorder rotated 
Order rotated 
ElizabethWarrenScott BrownBothequally Neither
Know /RefusedGrew up in a middle class background17% 28% 27% 4% 25%Will stand up for regular people whenin the Senate30% 33% 21% 4% 12%Understands the needs of middle classfamilies32% 31% 21% 3% 13%Has deep roots here in Massachusetts13% 39% 28% 3% 17%Seems to be running a positivecampaign20% 23% 37% 6% 14%Knows how to get the economymoving again23% 32% 14% 12% 19%Agrees with you on key issues that matter to you35% 36% 11% 4% 14%Seems to be gaining momentum latelyfor the November election34% 24% 14% 9% 19%
The MassINC Polling Group 3
When conflict arises, do you think political leaders should stick to their principals, or should theylook for ways to compromise?Stick to their principals 25%Look for ways to compromise 60%Depends on the issue (not read) 11%
Don’t Know / Refused
4%During his time in the Senate, would you say Scott Brown has been willing to compromise withDemocrats too often, not often enough, or just about the right amount?
Too often 8%Not often enough 30%Just about the right amount 48%
Don’t Know / Refused
14%As you may be aware, Scott Brown is currently the only Massachusetts Republican in either theSenate or the House of Representatives. If he loses, the congressional delegation may end up being allDemocrats. In your view, would a Massachusetts delegation made up of all Democrats be a positiveor a negative development?Positive development 41%Negative development 43%Both positive and negative 2%Neither positive or negative 5%
Don’t Know / Refused
 Asked only to those supporting a specific candidate for U.S. Senate.
Earlier, you mentioned you are supporting
for U.S. Senate. If (his/her) campaign runsnegative ads as a part of the campaign, would that make you more likely to support (him/her), lesslikely, or would it make no difference?More likely to support 4%Less likely to support 31%Would make no difference 55%
Don’t Know / Refused
9%How much have you heard or read about SuperPACs?
A great deal, a fair amount, not too much, ornothing at all?
A great deal 16%A fair amount 29%Not too much 27%Nothing at all 26%
Don’t Know / Refused

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