Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts will face a tough reelection in 2018, according to a WBUR poll published Monday morning.
The progressive Senator faces dismal polling numbers, only 44 percent of registered voters believe that Warren “deserves reelection,” according to the poll. Alternatively, 51 percent of Massachusetts voters held a favorable view of the senator. Those numbers are down significantly from 69 percent from Warren’s high point in June of 2016.
Warren defeated incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown in the 2012 election, earning 53 percent of the vote, nearly 200,000 more votes than Brown’s 45.8 percent. Warren carved out a niche for herself as a national face for the progressive movement, and her fundraising reflects that. Pro-choice group Emily’s List is her top donor, with members of the organization donating $506,595 for her reelection campaign so far. Moveon.org takes a close second, donating over $450,000 to her reelection effort.
WBUR compared Warren’s abysmal polling position to Republican Governor Charles Baker. Despite living in a state populated largely by Democrats, Baker has a 59 percent approval rating, and only 29 percent of registered voters wanted someone to run against him in the 2018 gubernatorial race.
“When you look at Elizabeth Warren’s favorables, only 12 percent of Republicans have a favorable view of her,” Steve Koczela said in the accompanying statement. “When you look at Baker, 60 percent of Democrats view him favorably. So he has bipartisan appeal where Elizabeth Warren really never has.”
The poll included 508 registered voters in Massachusetts, and ran from Jan. 15 through Jan. 17. The poll carried a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points in either direction.
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