2Brown, who was elected to the Senate in a special election in 2010, and Warren, aprofessor at Harvard Law School, ran roughly evenly on who is honest and trustworthy.Thirty-four percent of voters gave the nod to Brown and 31 percent cited Warren.Brown scored highest on having the experience to effectively represent the state inWashington, with 47 percent of voters saying the statement best described him, and 29percent attributing that characteristic to Warren.Brown also received high marks for bipartisanship, with 45 percent of voters saying hecould work with senators from both parties to solve problems. Twenty-six percent of voters said the statement best described Warren.
“Bipartisanship has been a consistent theme of the Brown campaign, and that messageseems to be reaching voters,” said Tim Vercellotti, associate professor of political science
and director of the Western New England University Polling Institute.Warren, on the other hand, was more often
described as caring “more about people likeyou.” Forty
-one percent of voters said the statement best applied to Warren, while 35percent said the statement described Brown.
“That a candidate can empathize with the aver
age voter is an important trait, especiallyduring tough
economic times,” Vercellotti said. “Warren
, whose early advertising haspresented her as coming from humble origins, has a slight edge in this area. But Brown isonly a few points behind on this trait, which may reflect his ongoing efforts to presenthimself as someone with a modest background as well
Warren came away with a much larger advantage when the survey asked which candidatewould be tougher on Wall Street. Fifty percent of voters said Warren, while 27 percentsaid Brown. Warren chaired a congressional panel that monitored the federal
s program to bail out troubled financial institutions and she also led efforts to
create the federal government’s Consumer Financial Protection Bur
s background in this area
has clearly made an impression with voters,”
“Across almost all demographic groups, voters gave her the advantageon this issue.”
Voters gave Brown the nod when it comes to having the best ideas for creating jobs in
Massachusetts, 36 percent to Warren’s 27 percent. But Warren had the edge when it
cameto having the best ideas for improving
health care, with 39 percent to Brown’s 25 percent.
Forty-two percent of women said Warren had the best ideas to improve health care, while24 percent said Brown. Men also favored Warren over Brown, but by a smaller margin of 35 percent to 27 percent.Vercellotti said it is hard to tell from the data whether
Warren’s advantage in this area
isrelated to the recent debate over Senate legislation that would allow employers to tailor