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Pollster Says Scott Brown Is Like Eliot Ness: Untouchable


A week ago, we heard about some polling conducted by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee that made Sen. Scott Brown, Massachusetts Republican, look extremely tough to beat.

Suffolk University revealed a poll this morning that shows similar results. In fact, call him “Eliot Ness”:

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown remains virtually untouchable in matchups against all but one potential Democratic challenger — former Congressman Joe Kennedy, who comes closest to catching Brown but has said that he will not run, according to the latest Suffolk University/7NEWS poll . . . More than half (55 percent) of Bay State voters said that Brown deserves to be reelected, and 56 percent said they agreed that Brown has kept his promise to be an independent voice in the U.S. Senate.

Brown beats Joe Kennedy by 5, and Vicki Kennedy by at least 15, as well as Gov. Deval Patrick, Rep. Michael Capuano, and Rep. Ed Markey.

The poll also shows Brown beating a zombified Ted Kennedy by 20 percentage points. Okay, I just made that last one up.

UPDATE: As noted on Twitter, also in that poll is another sign that Mitt Romney’s health-care legislation will be a pain in the neck for him everywhere:

Massachusetts health care was seen as working by 38 percent of registered voters, while just under half (49 percent) said it is not working, and 13 percent were undecided. Asked if Mitt Romney’s role in health care here would help or hurt his presidential campaign, 54 percent of voters said it would hurt; 22 percent felt it would help; and 22 percent were undecided.

Tags: Joe Kennedy , Scott Brown


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