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Just 44 Percent of Massachusetts Voters Say Warren Deserves Reelection

Massachusetts Democratic senator Elizabeth Warren is a shoo-in for reelection in 2018, right?

Eh, that doesn’t look quite like the ironclad lock that some might expect:

Asked whether Sen. Elizabeth Warren deserves re-election in 2018, 46 percent of Mass. registered voters said someone else should get a shot at the job, according to a new poll from WBUR/MassINC Polling Group.

Forty-four percent of poll respondents said she deserves re-election. Ten percent said they didn’t know or were undecided.

The same survey of 508 registered Massachusetts voters found Governor Charlie Baker’s approval rating at 59 percent. That’s actually down a little bit; last year Baker’s approval was in the 70s.

The perception of popularity is often quite different from what the numbers say. How many folks interested in politics would guess that the most popular governors in the country are two blue-state Republicans, Baker and Larry Hogan in Maryland? How many would recognize that the least popular and most endangered are Republican Sam Brownback in Kansas and Democrat Dannel Malloy in Connecticut?

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