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Not The Boston Globe’s headline: Scott Brown maintains lead, Warren negatives rise

Not The Boston Globe’s headline: Scott Brown maintains lead, Warren negatives rise

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.”


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casualobserver | June 2, 2012 at 12:25 am

I don’t believe the polls entirely that show Brown not getting over 50% of the vote. Given all the other positives, it makes it easy to believe people want to answer one way when facing a pollster, but may vote differently in the privacy of a booth. One has to wonder, also, if by the time the election comes if the lack of passion for Obama will still be holding and will effect Democrat voter turn out.

LukeHandCool | June 2, 2012 at 12:55 am

You make me dizzy Miss Lizzy … (Get your story straight, Girl!)

Gonna run and tell Papa

I want you to be my bride

Oooooh baby

No real reason to have ah lied

You’re just a shuckin’ and a jivin’

1/16 Cherokee is easy to ah hide …

Is there a Cherokee rock band out there to cover Dizzy Miss Lizzy?

Larry Williams:

The Beatles:

If she had a lick of sense, she would have met with the Cherokee folks and then came out and said …

Although I always thought I was part Cherokee and I was proud to think that I was a Cherokee … yada yada yada … but alas the cloud that often obscures our understanding of our ancestry has been lifted, at least in my case, and it appears I am not…. yada yada yada … I’d like to thank … yada yada yada … of the Cheroke nation.

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to Neo. | June 2, 2012 at 4:43 am

    There is another way she could fix it, and that would be to endure the initiation rites Richard Harris went through in A Man Called Horse. Then, she could claim to be Indian with at least some credibility.

    Just sayin’…

I was just coming to send this poll in your tip line. Of course you already had a post written, I should have known better. I read some left-wing criticism of this poll complaining the pollster had been quoted prior to taking the poll to the field he believed the heritage issue was hurting Warren. Naturally the left assumes this means he fudged the numbers to support his hypothesis. Well duh, why do you take a poll to the field if not to test whether specific events are impacting a race? Sheesh and we’re the ones who hate science or something 😉

I wish the pollster pushed “undecideds” more to get a clearer picture of how they are currently leaning. That said, the high favorables Brown enjoys with Lizzie’s increasing unfavorables seem to confirm Warren is in for a few uncomfortable couple months before the election.

Obama is also down 4 points from their last poll which is a nice surprise in Massachusetts. I’d be curious to see the effect today’s jobs report takes on his numbers. If he experiences a repeat of last year’s decline this news is looking pretty ominous for his reelection prospects as well.

TrooperJohnSmith | June 2, 2012 at 4:37 am

The Song of Liawatha!

By the shores of Charles River,
By the little John Weeks bridge,
Stands the mighty college Harvard,
In the town of Came-ba-ridge.
Deep below is Red Line-T.
High above is Harvard Yard,
Where all the Lefties go to preen.
Bright before it beat the water,
Beat the clear and sunny water,
Beat the shining Charles River.
Where the PC-crowd was sitting,
Nursing the little Liawatha.
Stroked her ego with approval.
Reveled in her high cheekbones.
Gave her job because she’s special,
Bound her there with mighty tenure.
“My dear old granny says I’m Indian!”
Lulled her into slumber, singing,
“Native-female prof at Harvard!
Who is this, adorning brochures?
With yellow hair and eyes so blue?
Native-female prof at Harvard!”

P.S. My most humble apologies to the shade of Mr. Longfellow and to any classicists out there.

Tom in Virginia | June 2, 2012 at 6:26 am

I was in Boston in January 2010 for the week leading up to the Brown-Coakley Senate race. The day I arrived the Boston Globe was trumpeting its poll showing Martha Coakley leading Scott Brown by 15 points. Yeah, that’s right, 15 points. This is more of the same. I’ll bet an honest poll right now would show Elizabeth Warren down by double digits.

She is running the longest attempted stonewall of an ongoing story I can remember. If she had been the Republican, the press would already have her hide stuffed and mounted.

Harvard and Penn both touted her as a “minority” faculty member to brag about their diversity, and both got the idea she was a minority from Ms. Warren herself.

You don’t have to be a rocket surgeon to add up those numbers.

h/t ElizabethWarren’s “composite” grandmother. Ms. warren’s dates are off–surprisingly enough–about her grandmother’s pride in seeing her graduate from college.

Pass the popcorn, it is only going to get better this election season.

Bitterlyclinging | June 2, 2012 at 8:10 am

The Globe is “Pinch” Sulzberger’s personal toilet. What else can you expect from it?

Despite all her lies and distortions, she’s still only down by 2? That is disappointing.

    Mary Sue in reply to PhillyGuy. | June 2, 2012 at 10:31 am

    I think the head-to-head is misleading here. If Brown is at 58 approval he is in much better shape for reelection than the polling suggests. People are not likely to fire an incumbent they generally like and feel is doing a good job. They are even less likely to fire that person to replace them with one they don’t like as well. Warren is probably down by more than 2 points particularly when the poll has 23% undecideds. The pollster also doesn’t try to tease out leaners either which would give us a better picture but a good portion must be leaning to Brown since his approvals are high.

A recently discovered video shows Elizabeth Warren telling another tall tale about her family. The day after she announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate, Democrat Elizabeth Warren told the convocation at the University of Massachusetts-Boston: “My grandmother drove a wagon in the land rush to settle territory out west. It was 1889, she was 15 years old…She lived to be 94, to see her youngest grandchild–that’s me–graduate from college…”. The only problem with this story is that it’s not true.


“Not the Boston Globe’s Headline”, which parallels the local media near-saturation with Lizzie being tossed a lot of soft ball questions.

With few exceptions, I believe the TV personalities went to the Barbara Walters school of journ-o-lism.