A new poll shows trouble for Elizabeth Warren, but not if you just read The Boston Globe’s headline: Scott Brown, Elizabeth Warren neck and neck in new poll.
But read on and the article tells a different story than the headline portrays (emphasis mine):
Despite a five-week drubbing over her claims to Native American heritage, Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren remains neck and neck with US Senator Scott Brown, a Republican, as she heads into Saturday’s state party convention, a new Globe poll shows.
But there are signs that the controversy has wounded the first-time candidate, whose entrance into the race came with a star power that galvanized Democrats and catapulted the contest into one of the most closely watched in the nation.
Although the vast majority of voters (72 percent) said the issue would not affect their vote, 31 percent of self-described independents — a critical voting bloc — said the issue makes them less likely to support Warren in November. And though the Harvard professor’s popularity has risen one percentage point, to 48 percent, since the Globe polled in March, the percentage of detractors has climbed more precipitously, by nine points to 32 percent.
The poll shows Brown in a strong position. The incumbent’s job approval rating is at a comfortable 60 percent, with just 31 percent of voters saying they disapprove of the work he is doing in Washington….
Voters appeared divided over whether she has satisfactorily explained her assertion of Native American identity, with 42 percent saying she had not adequately explained it and 37 percent saying she had.
So Elizabeth Warren is being hurt badly by her false claim to be Native American, and her robotic allegiance to that false claim despite a mountain of evidence showing otherwise, including a complete genealogical rundown of her maternal lineage showing no Native American ancestry.
And Scott Brown has high positives and has maintained his lead despite several million dollars in advertising by Warren.
Alternative headline: “Many Massachusetts voters willing to vote for someone who stands by claims she knows to be false.”
Alternative headline: “Massachusetts voters need an intervention.”