Almost 60 percent of Massachusetts voters don’t want Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run for president in 2020.
As the Boston Globe reports, a new poll released Thursday and conducted jointly by the paper and Suffolk University Political Research, found that 58 percent of respondents want Warren to keep her current job.
“This was a shocking finding to me, given that Democrats like her so much, and she has been making moves to run for president. I would have expected her to be leading this list of potential Massachusetts presidential candidates,” poll director David Paleologos told the Globe.
Those who want Warren to take on President Donald Trump (32 percent) are about equal number to the John Kerry for president boosters (33 percent).
Warren fares relatively well in polls that gauge her strength in match-ups with Trump. A Politico poll found she led the president 34–30 percent. A May survey indicated that Warren would be the favored candidate in the New Hampshire Democratic primary.
The poll also revealed that state voters prefer former state governor Deval Patrick to Warren for any presidential run. Only 48 percent of those polled opposed his potential candidacy.
As the Globe notes, it is Warren’s potential candidacy that could have an effect on the 2018 midterm elections, in which the high-profile Massachusetts senator is up for re-election.
Her Republican opponent, Geoff Diehl, is fond of reminding voters that Warren is fixated on the White House so why send her back to the Senate if she plans to be busy with winning first the Democratic primaries and then a presidential election? Some state voters also feel that Warren is too liberal to be the ideal candidate to defeat Trump.
So far, that argument has dented Warren’s lead. The Suffolk/Globe poll also showed that 56 percent of decided voters want to reelect her.
The poll surveyed 500 confirmed voters between Sept. 13 and Sept. 17. The margin of error is +/-4.4 percent, with 95 percent accuracy.