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June 29th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Republican Brown outpolls Dems Obama & Kerry in Mass.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

If this doesn't set off huge warning bells for the Democratic Party, it should:

FILE PHOTO: Scott Brown (R-MA) participates in a ceremonial swearing-in February 4, 2010 on Capitol Hill after winning a special election for the seat that was held by the late Ted Kennedy.
FILE PHOTO: Scott Brown (R-MA) participates in a ceremonial swearing-in February 4, 2010 on Capitol Hill after winning a special election for the seat that was held by the late Ted Kennedy.

Newcomer Republican Senator Scott Brown is more popular in Massachusetts than top Democrats, like Pres. Obama and Sen. John Kerry. We're talking about Massachusetts here... the liberal bastion of politics where the late Ted Kennedy held his senate seat for nearly five decades.

A new Boston Globe poll shows that 55 percent of Massachusetts residents have a favorable view of Brown, who's been in Washington for only five months. 18 percent view him unfavorably...

Compare that to Pres. Obama, who gets a 54 percent favorable rating in Mass. And 41 percent unfavorable. Or the state's other Senator, John Kerry, who has been in the Senate for years - he gets a 52 percent favorable rating... and a 37 percent unfavorable rating.

The poll also shows support for Brown runs deep; with majorities of Republicans and Independents... and a plurality of Democrats - viewing him favorably.

Democrats are hoping to defeat brown in 2012 - when he has to run for a full term. They want to recapture Ted Kennedy's seat.

That's a very tall order at this point. Brown has become a hugely popular figure on the national stage, and that means he should have no trouble raising whatever money he needs to run for re-election.

People also like the fact that as a candidate, Brown said he would be an Independent person in Washington - and he has stuck to that... at times voting with Republicans, at times crossing the aisle to work with Democrats. Imagine that - a politician who keeps his word. The sky could be the limit for him.

Here’s my question to you: Republican Sen. Scott Brown outpolls Democrats Pres. Obama and Sen. Kerry in Massachusetts. What's up with that?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Will in Euclid, Ohio writes:
Doesn't shock me at all. After all, the majority of Americans are moderate, centrist, independents, NOT in the political extremes of radical right or radical left, as you would prefer to portray them. It looks like this guy is actually doing what the PEOPLE want – and he might just make himself a career out of it.

Cathryn in Massachusetts writes:
Polls are by nature inaccurate. Scott Brown is not nearly as popular as the Boston Globe poll indicates. Massachusetts voters like a maverick but are still liberal leaning. Don't make any assumptions.

Mel writes:
He's popular all right. My powers of premonition tell me that it is quite possible that this junior senator will run for president and win (in 2012 or 2016). This time, the candidate will have the experience and fortitude to match his popularity.

A conservative & practical Republican writes:
It's simple. People are tired of the insider/incumbent feel, but they don't want crazy, fringe-element lunatics either. Brown and his practical yet non-traditional approach have seemingly filled that void. Perhaps others can join him.

Susan in Idaho writes:
Let him be president for 18 months then see what his reviews are.

William writes:
He's polling well in a Democratic state because he is a Democrat. Northeastern Republicans are still Republicans but not insane and idiotic as most other Republicans are. That's why you think it's weird.

Jim in North Carolina writes:
Everything works in cycles and now common sense is the new "in" thing. The good folk of Massachusetts have evolved.


Filed under: John Kerry
soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Judy - California

    I wonder how long before he bows to the pressure the GOP will surely put on him after the election.

    June 29, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  2. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, what is up is that the people are sending a message to D.C. and Congress that a politician who keeps his word, works for his constituents, and does what is "really right for the people" instead of what the establishment says is right, is exactly what we are looking for. If you don't fit that description, pack your bags, and go home!

    June 29, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  3. Jason | Afghanistan

    It means its the Change the Pres. Obama has being DREAMING of in 2008...Scott Brown just happens to be the one DELIVERING it...I quit holding my breathe on Obama's EMPTY promises...He is another lousy politician.

    June 29, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  4. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Right now it is a point of light in a vast darkness. We need thousands of more bright lights to represent and do the work of nation building, or I guess that would be re-building.

    June 29, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  5. Meg from Troy

    Jack–
    I think voters want to see their representatives think for themselves and then act on common sense, compassion, fairness, and responsibility. I think that is the basis for Brown's popularity. He's his own man, authentic, and intelligent–not afraid of going against his own party to vote for or support what he feels is right. Both Democrats and Republicans need to pay attention to that. That's what this American wants from her elected officials.

    June 29, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  6. Jane (Minnesota)

    I don't know Jack, maybe the Massachusetts voters like his looks (and his centerfold picture) better. In all seriousness, today he seems to be flip-flopping on supporting the Wall Street reform bill. That tells me that maybe he's more interested in listening to his Wall Street supporters than his constituants and the voters haven't had a chance to weigh in yet.

    June 29, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  7. Missy M.

    As a registered democrat (who no longer votes straight party line), I think it shows that the Democratic Party no longer reflects the values of ordinary working class Americans. We want fairly enforced border enforcement (emphasis "enforced") with no exceptions based on race or national origin ... the democrats do not seem to want that. Most of us are clinging to the hope that gas prices stay stable, that energy rates don't sky rocket (as promised with Cap and Trade), that jobs come back and that housing values improve. Democratic leaders don't seem concerned with any of that, and as a matter of fact, they're more focused on dragging the state of Arizona into court rather than working with that state to solve this issue of illegal immigrants in our nation. Democrats have themselves to blame for their plummeting popularity. It would be simple for them to turn things around, but they won't.

    Missy M, Phoenix, Ariz.

    June 29, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
  8. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    Could it be that we're fed up with business as usual?

    June 29, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
  9. Michael H. in Albuquerque, NM

    The pollsters never asked me. They never do. But elections have become nothing more than vapid beauty contests for the benefit of corporations anyway. Put them in bathing suits and ask them to recite platitudes, or twirl a batton, or something.

    June 29, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
  10. Allen in Hartwell GA

    RE. Sen. Brown
    Well, to start with, he didn't bring a lot of baggage to the poll, Next, he hasn't had an opportunity to anger many people. Next, he isn't playing like a normal Republican – he is actually supporting some of the opposition's programs, as in nonpartisan. With a record like that, at this point in time, he should be more favored than the president of the senior Senator.
    Allen
    Hartwell GA

    June 29, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
  11. Susan from Idaho

    Let him be president for 18 months then see what his reviews are.

    June 29, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  12. Theresa - Mississippi

    It means he's only been in office for 5 months. Everybody

    June 29, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  13. JENNA

    Republican Sen. Scott Brown outpolls Democrats Pres. Obama and Sen. Kerry in Massachusetts. What's up with that?

    When Scott Brown takes on the load that Obama took or legislated as long as Kerry then I would take note of a poll. But face ot Jack, Brown is the new kid on the block that walked into a cushie job with his party offering him the moon..

    He is already walking in lockstep with the GOP and that took no time at all..

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    June 29, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  14. DJ

    It means people are putting their faith in someone who as you said "Keeps his word"...apparently nobody else in Washington including the president is capable of that.

    June 29, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
  15. Richard Fairview, Texas

    What this is right now is an early love affair with Brown. People are happy that after 50 years they finally have someone besides a Kennedy or Kerry running their affairs. The love affair will be over as soon as Brown stumbles and falls which all politicians eventually do. As the old saying goes Jack, "You can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time but you can't fool all of the people all of the time."

    June 29, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  16. Cy Gardner

    Brown hasn't been around long enough to tick anybody off. Let him apologize to BP or Goldman Sachs or Sarah Palin and see how much they love him in the Bay State. cy from arlington, va

    June 29, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  17. Jim

    Jack,

    I hate to rain on your parade, but your statistics are meaningless. What has Brown accomplished in the Senate so far that is newsworthy? What courageous positions has he taken on controversial issues? What leadership has he shown? Obama, and to a lesser extent Kerry, are on the front lines every day. Everything they do generates headlines and approval/disapproval numbers. Brown, on the other hand, attends cocktail parties and gives speeches telling people what they want to hear. What's not to like? So far he's harmless. So why is his approval rating only 55%?

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    June 29, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  18. JOE CE

    Brown has no relevance – far too liberal for GOP. Polls reflects dissatisfaction with Obama for lack of decisive action in cutting red tape in Gulf crisis, immigration – inaction on border cotrol & stopping explotative employeers but stikll persuing Amnesty, mediocre Supreme Court nominees.

    June 29, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  19. Tom

    Hugely popular for what? What has he done? Nothing of any substance. It just shows that image matters more than it should

    He may be a good guy, but he won because he ran against an awful candidate who ran an awful campaign. You could not find a Coakley campaign sign if you looked for it.

    He'll be an OK senator, but he'll lose in 2012.

    June 29, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  20. MAJC

    Give it some time. He hasn't been in Washington long enough.

    June 29, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  21. Don Judson, Woodburn Oregon

    It means he hasn't had to make any tough calls like, say bailing out the economy with a stimulus package, saving the financial system, and auto industries, fighting two wars, passing needed health care reform, combatting a gulf spill, etc. When he has to make real decisions and not speeches we'll see if his rating stay the same!

    June 29, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  22. ML K

    He's popular all right.

    My powers of premonition tell me that it is quite possible that this junior senator will run for President and win. (In 2012 or 2016) This time, the candidate will have the experience and fortitude to match his popularity.

    June 29, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  23. Alex in Gig Harbor, WA

    He is still shiny and new! He has not been around long enough to build up many negatives or for people to lose interest. In 2012 he will have a voting record to run on and be beaten up about. He has already betrayed the Tea Party by siding with Democrats on some issues he said his constituents favor. I personally like that he supports his constituents but the Tea Party is neither tolerant nor forgiving.

    June 29, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  24. Terry DeLoughary

    We like him 'cause he drives a stupid pickup truck and gets 10 mpg like the rest of us. The only way we'd like him better is if he drove a roll-over prone SUV. If you see a picture of a roll-over in your local paper that isn't a SUV, I'd be amazed. Americans are idiots.

    June 29, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  25. joe halbruner

    Jack

    A politian who is willing to work with both sides is unheard of in this country. Now if we could only get another 550 like him then possibly something might be accomplished in congress. Then again that is a pretty tall order for politics. We can only hope.

    June 29, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  26. Jim in Alabama

    It could be that voters are just in the mood for New people in the Senate. After all, the present ones have totally ignored the will of the American people and done as they pleased. If memory serves though, new ones don't really do any different than the older ones once they get settled and into the establishment. That's the problem in Washington and may be why we're doomed.

    June 29, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  27. Steve in Arizona

    The good citizens of Mass. woke up.

    June 29, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  28. DEBORAH BALLWEG

    People have decided to bypass socialism and embrace the American way of life.

    June 29, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  29. Annie, Atlanta

    We always punish the majority currently in power if our lives aren’t going well, while refusing to remember the causes. Its like group amnesia, better known as willful ignorance. Then we wind up with leaders like Bush and Cheney, who nearly destroyed us. We’ll never learn.

    June 29, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  30. Jerry Johns Creek, GA

    I guess you would say that Scott Brown is a man of his word. Other politicians in Washington including, but not limited to, President Obama and John Kerry are just men of words often too many words.

    June 29, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  31. Raul

    Who cares! I don't give a flying you know what! He's a flash in the pan...fool's gold. Let's see when he comes up for re-election.

    June 29, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  32. Gail, Plano TX

    Simple, Jack. A new broom sweeps clean. Give him time. He will fall from grace as did his fellow politicians. A fickle public will throw him under the bus just like they did the others. It is the way of things. I, personally feel that he is a big bag of hot air. No substance or stamina. He is no Ted Kennedy, to be sure!

    June 29, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  33. Gary H. Boyd

    Scott Brown comes across as a pretty straight shooter –someone folks can relate to. That makes him unique in politics these days and the fact he's a Republican in a predominately Democratic state has absolutely nothing to do with it. Citizens nationwide are looking for leadership that tells it like it is - not someone pandering for votes as Obama and Kerry come across as doing endlessly. Brown is a refreshing change of pace.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    June 29, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  34. andyz

    A republican more popular than tried and true Democrats in Massachusetts? Quik, check the Book of Revelations. This is probably a sign of the Apocalypse.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  35. Gigi Oregon

    Jack is that the best you have for today? A 55% for Brown 54% for President Obama. LOL After another 5 months he'll be down to 4?% in the polls. Actually I'm not interested in polls but his character is telling. And with the economy as it is and near a greater depression etc. It's going to be hard to raise money. Lets see should I put my extra five dollars on the dinner table tonight or give it to some rich politician to line his pocket with.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  36. Gregory Tripp, Mechanicsburg, PA

    You said it, he's a politician who keeps his word. I am left of Democrats, but I'll vote for any moderate who keeps their word and demonstrates a willingness to consider all sides of an issue...and not just say "No." Or just say "Yes," for that matter.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  37. Nancy, Tennessee

    The people of Massachusetts don't care if someone is a Democrat or a Republic as long as they shoot straight from the hip. All Americans are tired of electing officials that say one thing and do the opposite once the oath of office is administered. If that oath is corrupting our politicians and giving them amnesia, we need to do away with it pronto!

    June 29, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  38. Shirley, OHIO

    The same thing that was up when Sara Palin was picked for the Republican Vice President candidate, looks. Come on Jack, we all know president Obama got some votes for his looks. It may be wrong, but it is reality.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  39. Pamela Porter

    I don't trust him. He is a Republican after all. He looks good because he is new, but when it comes down he will be right there with the rest of the Republicans. He is just playing good, then when it really matters he will be right there with the other Bushgang criminals.

    Austin, TX

    June 29, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  40. MARY, CA

    Brown is Sarah Palin in pants

    June 29, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  41. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    Brown is popular and will win in the Fall because he has been true to himself and did what he said he was going to do if sent to DC. We need more like him!

    June 29, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  42. XShanDanX

    This is just another example of how the American people lose faith in there elected officials. When the country doesn't get fixed quick enough they jump ship to the other party expecting a quick fix. Guess what! Maybe Democrats and Republicans don't have the answer. Its time to join a third party, I did.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  43. Jeff in Houston

    When the Germans were down at their deepest depths, they turned to a man who made the trains run on time. When people are scared, anybody can look good. I rest my case.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  44. Eric

    Jack,

    The poll is biased. Wait for Scott Brown to be in office a year and then compare them. Obama and Kerry have a longer history. Scott Brown will trip over his Republican shoes sooner or later. The people of Massachusetts will only get behind a moderate. In the end, I don't think Scott Brown is a moderate.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  45. Nick, Burnaby BC Canada

    He's only been in five months, and has shown a willingness to be bipartisan.

    He hasn't had time to be caught in a scandal yet, and if he IS willing to work bipartisanly, than he could be a shining example to the rest of the Republican Party.

    Parhaps they should form a new party: the Team Player Party.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  46. Ron from Michigan

    Jack Cafferty might be more popular than President Obama and Senator Kerry. Try a poll. I like some things about all three.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  47. Gini Worthen

    It's obvious, Jack. He's only been in Washington a few months!

    Gini Worthen
    Westbroom, Maine

    June 29, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  48. Kyle in Mobile AL

    Its hard to NOT like the guy. Not only does he cross those stupid party lines that other politicians seem to live and die by, he's an all around nice guy. Most politicians are scumbags who fling insults all day, but Scott Brown seems to take the high road. What's not to like about a man who seems to care about the country and not just his own butt?

    June 29, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  49. jim in NC

    Everything works in cycles and now common sense is the new in-thing. The good folk of Massachusetts have evolved.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  50. Cathryn Lea

    Polls are by nature inaccurate. Scott Brown is not nearly as popular as the Boston Globe poll indicates. Massachusetts voters like a maverick but are still liberal leaning. Don't make any assumptions....

    June 29, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  51. concernedvoter

    Jack, Dont beleive the hype.The isn't the first time the boston globe got it wrong. BynNovemebr we will see how strong Obama really is,the ask that question again. Ask far as these fake media polls go,its all bull.Polls say what you want them to say.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  52. lindaglenn

    it mean nothing Jack

    June 29, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  53. William

    He's polling well in a Democratic state because he is a Democrat. North Eastern Republicans are still Republicans but not insane and idiotic as most other Republicans are. That's why you think it's wierd.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  54. Bob from Rochester

    Why does a poll comparing a Senator and the President make news on CNN? Polls are like the weather, watch them change tommorow.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  55. Will K

    Doesn't shock me at all. After all, the majority of Americans are moderate, centrist, independents, NOT in the political extremes of radical right or radical left, as you would prefer to portray them. It looks like this guy is actually doing what the PEOPLE want – and he might just make himself a career out of it.

    Will K
    Euclid Ohio

    June 29, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  56. Finny

    It's his own "honeymoon" period. What was Obama's approval rating after 3 months? You guessed it, 55% (Rasmussen 3/21/2009).

    June 29, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  57. Jane - WI

    Even the people of the very liberal state of Massachusetts can see the damage that Democrats are doing to this country. The Democrats have too much power, and the public will correct that mistake this November.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  58. Steve L.

    What's up? Scott Brown is well liked BECAUSE he's only been in Washington for 5 months. That's not a terribly surprising statistic. He hasn't been around long enough for people to dislike him yet. Wait a few years and his approval rating will go down (maybe a lot, maybe a little) and his disapproval rating will go up.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  59. Mike

    This is due to his voting record. On some of the most important votes, he ends up voting with the Democrats. If he was party line Republican with his votes, you think he would be this popular? Ummm, NO. And this is very disappointing to the Tea Partiers who supported him (especially financially) outside of the state. And politically we are light years away from the 2012 elections.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  60. Ed Monarch

    The poll is meaningless...If Scott Brown had Obama's problems to handle and solve do you think he would still be the popular hero..he hasn't done anything yet....Kerry has been in office a long time and with that he is caught up in the "throw the bums out" voter mentality....

    June 29, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  61. Don Gordon, in Santa Fe

    Jack–

    "What's up" with Sen. Brown is...that independent thinking & behavior will ultimately rule, regardless of party labels... Get into office (1) and then (2) shoot straight and call 'em as you see 'em. This augers well for the country, for the parties-as-such–corporate battleships–are increasingly not-the-point today.

    "The people" are slow, but eventually they DO get it.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  62. Simon/Orlando

    I woulod suspect that just about anybody could out poll those two idiots at this point.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  63. Basil in Canada

    He's a breath of fresh air in Washington, he is not rigid in his Conservative beliefs, therefore is able to not toe the party line and vote for what he believes his constituents demand from their politicians. He actually gets it! and the Democrats better look out...people like a good looking politician!!!

    June 29, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  64. Karl from SF, CA

    Brown is fresh meat in Congress and has impressed people. He is open to crossing the aisle and that is good, but let's see where he is in a year when the leadership has slapped him in line. I hope he lasts as he is what we need to replace most of congress with, but time will tell.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  65. Junior Wilson from Tucson, AZ

    Don't be stupid Jack. what was Obama or Kerry's poll number 5 months after the took office in Massachussette. It's just been 5 months since he's been there. People still see him as outsider. He knows that he is going to run in 2012 that s why he is been very caution in what he is doing how is voting so he can collect vote from everywhere. If he is re elected which is not my wish you will givw me reason. God bless you my friend

    June 29, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  66. Jane - WI

    Of course he is shiny and new.
    That is exactly how Barack Obama got elected President. He had very little experience and a very thin record, yet the American public put him into the highest position in the land.
    Hopefully if Scott Brown decides to go further in elected office, he will get the experience before he runs so we don't end up with the same sort of mistake we are seeing now.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  67. Katherine Hayes

    Just about two months ago, we had a water main break in our state...perhaps something got into the water to effect the logic and reasoning of our residents?....Just a thought! Check with Sanjay Gupta on that one! He's a medical doctor with a specialty in neurology!

    June 29, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  68. Robert

    He's pretty. In the USA pretty will always be more popular.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  69. Alvin

    Jack, actually I find Pres. Obama & Kerry's numbers impressive all things considered. Brown will have to be a RHINO for quite some time to keep that seat. And if he is, then he is no threat to the Dems. And to compare 5months to 2yrs or more is almost laughable & definitely representative.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  70. Mark from Boston

    Jack,

    We heard the same kind of rhetoric during the presidential primaries. At this point, don't you think 'Polls" are a little disingenuous? Last month's polls had unemployment down. We'll see come Thursday. "The Polls" had Hillary winning. "The Polls" had McCain and Palin winning... "The Polls" said The Healthcare Bill wouldn't pass. Now, "The POLLS" have people "mad as hell and not going to take it anymore." – that is until they're disappointed yet again.

    If only I can get a "POLL" saying I won't hit the lottery.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  71. TryCommonSense

    As part of the 18% I suspect that Senator Brown's favorability rating will fall as he establishes more of a record in the Senate. Yes he has voted with both sides of the aisle, when it was necessary, in order to protect his big business sponsors and to block environmental protections. As recently as today he voted with those underdogs at the largest banks in the Country who desperately need more protection than say, .....consumers.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  72. Jeff In Minnesota

    Gee Jack, he's only been in the Senate for five months. Give him a chance to alienate people once he has to take a stand on issues. Have faith that he'll end up despised like everyone else in the Senate and House. Not that I'm a pessimist about these things.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  73. jay in anaheim california

    Because this man (Sen. Brown) has been honest from the begining

    June 29, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  74. Anthony J. Frascino from New jersey

    Scott Brown is playing his cards close to his vest. He's crossing both sides of the aisle while biding his time until November.
    Once he nails down a complete term, his true colors will come out. This nothing but posturing until he gets what he wants. If the people of Massachusetts buy into this charade, they deserve to become the first New England red-state.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  75. Bruce, Ca

    Hi Jack... so what?! You said it yourself, 5 months in office, Mass electorate polled. They just elected the man, so why would the poll be much different from the election? He's not done much to cause anger, so that's what's up with that.

    More sensationalist attempts to make news. This is what happens when everything is about profit & quarterly earnings for Wall St. Objective reporting was murdered long ago, by tabloid reporting & greed for profit.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  76. Bill Legend

    Once again America is looking for the "Knight in Shining Armor " to ride in and save the day. Give his supporters time and they will turn on him, It's part of the American Culture.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  77. Ken in NC

    It simply means that Kerry and Obama should not run against Brown for that Senate seat in 2012. Don't try to read someing into it that is not there Jack. The Tea Party is doing enough of that.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  78. Yeshiembet/Yeshi

    Probably new face with new ideas. I think human beingsi in general are fickle.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  79. Mike in Phoenix

    The question is meaningless since he has not been around long enough to make people dislike him. You might as well have polled people on how long Megan Fox’s marriage will last.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  80. Dennis north Carolina

    This state goes both ways. you can look at Romney.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  81. Stephanie from Kansas

    So far he's only had to vote yes or no. I give him kudos for being somewhat independent, but what legislative ideas has he put forward for solving our country's problems? And what principles is he willing to take risks for that would in any way compare to what President Obama or John Kerry have done? Give him time and we'll see if he can match their stature.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  82. Bob from Rural Massachusetts

    The herd is already moving against Brown here in Massachusetts! Dead fish and Massachusetts politicians tend to smell in time! The Democrats took too much form granted in Brown's victory over Coakley. Beware of another wannabe next Election. Brown will hardly be a "shoe- in" in Re-election ,I do believe!

    June 29, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  83. Aaron Feit, Miami, FL

    The ghosts of Presidential Hopefuls past and future don't really count, and the comparison is premature at best, and disingenuous at worst.

    When John Kerry or Scott Brown have all 50 states and their respective local governments to enforce and or help shape policy for, then perhaps we can compare notes more comprehensively.

    John Kerry is an established politician, President Obama a bit more perhaps than Brown, but less than Kerry; and Brown himself is a relative newcomer. The jury is still out on the significance of this poll though, as with most others.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  84. The Texan

    While it sounds bad this does not necessarily mean something.

    Kerry and Obama have been in the public sphere much longer, thus the public has had longer time to observe negative things about them, and the two have had longer to make mistakes.

    Kerry has been a long time senator and a former presidential nominee, Obama was a senator and is now President, how can you compare some freshman senator, who's onlymainly known outside of MA for being a cosmo centerfold to the likes of Obama and Kerry?

    June 29, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  85. grady in Texas

    Forget party affiliation, Jack. Remember the Savings & Loan scandal? When our politicians said they'd fix it so such a thing would never happen again? Exxon Valdez? Never again. Twin Towers? Never again. Financial meltdown? Never again. Gulf oil spill? Never again. What we're desperate for, Jack, are politicians who can govern, who can keep bad things from happening the first time. Obama and Kerry are "Never Againers." Brown hasn't been there long enough to show whether or not he's one, so he's got an edge. Temporarily.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  86. Lise

    It is not surprising that an individual good-looking enough to pose in the nude for a magazine would appeal to American voters. We are in the era of style over substance. In a world of substance over style, Brown, Sarah Palin and Ann Coulter would be unknowns and the various crises we are facing as a nation would be more important issues.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  87. Ann M

    Jack, it is the news media that likes to call us in Mass ultra liberals. In sure it is from the Nixon election when we were the only state to not vote to reelect him. In fact we in Mass want what every state wants a Senator that will look out for us first. Sen Kennedy made sure that whatever he did Massachusetts was taken care of FIRST. That is why he was reelected all the time, regardless of what anyone thought of him. He put Mass first. He knew, as it seems Scott Brown knows, it is the voters of Massachusetts that will send you back to Washington NOT your friendships with presidents or anyone else. And yes i am a life long Democrat.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  88. Harvey, FL

    Since he does not follow party lines on every vote, perhaps people (and rightly so.. excuse the pun) believe he is not in lock step with the republican and think of him as being bipartisan.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  89. Jason, koloa hi

    It reminds me of my state of Hawaii, where only democrats have been in charge for over five decades. People got sick of the one party system, voted a republican governor into office, and have had nothing but regrets ever since. She is an absolute disaster and I feel bad for the people of Mass. who are probably going to find out the hard way that republicans are even worse than democrats.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  90. Judy

    It's not exactly like he's 30 points ahead for heavens sake. It's within a few points either way. – Isn't the power of the media a wonderful thing??? No one's talking about him other than in fairly glowing terms. Would they feel good if they knew he voted against extending unemployment benefits for over a million people and that he's never denounced his party for referring to the unemployed as hobos, illegals, stray animals and drug addicts? We barely hear a word about that, and yet we hear nothing but unending criticism of President Obama, and I have never heard anyone say a good thing about John Kerry. In fact does anyone hear "anything" about John Kerry?

    June 29, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  91. Chris Florida

    Since the day he took office, the president has been polled up and down, left and right on any and every topic.What's up with all the polls Jack?

    June 29, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  92. Alex

    Simple. Americans, for the most part, are stupid. Sorry Jack, just keeping things honest.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  93. June

    It means that the good folks of Mass. are finely coming to their senses.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  94. Birddog in Mississippi

    He's like the new handsome kid that moves into town in his Jr. year of High School. He'll be popular for awhile. But he doesn't seem to be the brightest bulb on the tree – his votes are pretty random, and he hasn't actually said where he stands on anything. So essentially he just hasn't done anything to tick anybody off yet. Give him time. It'll happen as soon as he has to take a stance on something controversial.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  95. Elizabeth From Toronto

    He is not in the White House. Enjoy your popularity Brown, the closer you are to the White House the lower your ratings. Some one has to be the "fall guy" and so be glad you are not it!

    June 29, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  96. Bloodyheck, Texas

    He's been in office 3 months, that's what it means.
    Do this again in 6,

    June 29, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  97. Richard Fairview, Texas

    Brown has not stepped in anything yet is why he is so popular. Once he does everyone will leave the room. No mater how nice of a guy you are once you get crap on your shoe no one is going to stand with you.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  98. bob j.

    Mr. Cafferty,
    They are wrong about Scott Brown. I voted for him and will NOT do so again. He is now in with big oil companies and he is voting against the finacnial reform and he is voting against needed funds for Massachusetts. He has finally shown his colors of being a member of the party of NO. Myself and many of my friends will never vote for him again.
    Bob J/

    June 29, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  99. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    Whats up .It looks like that that senate seat is up for the democrats .

    June 29, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  100. Chuck Barker

    Who the hell knows?

    When a Sarah Palin can become a superstar "politician" in this country....without a lick of sense..... a wet-behind-the-ears Playgirl cheesecake male model....without a lick of experience.....can turn politics in Mass. upside down.

    Palin/Brown ticket in 2012? The Mayan's might just be right.

    Chuck
    Longview, TX

    June 29, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  101. Alan

    Jack:

    Well let's see:

    No concrete steps in the gulf
    No solid Afghan program
    Out of control spending by dems
    A deplorable Health Care Plan
    A complete lack of empathy for Arizona and the Immigration fiasco by the feds
    A complete rejection at the G 20 by other nations on spending
    Tone deaf on what average American's think, need and want
    A repeated breaking of campaign promises
    A complete dolt of a Vice President

    This President makes Jimmie Carter look like a good President, which is very hard to do.........

    June 29, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  102. Denise

    He will show his true colors soon! When he needs money for reelection we will see who he really is. There is something about the way he looks that I don't like either. I had the same feeling about John Edwards and I was right!!!

    Charlotte NC

    June 29, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  103. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    With the country starved for some bi-partisan cooperation, Brown looks pretty good compared to the Republican Just say no lock step.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  104. Gregory Tripp, Mechanicsburg, PA

    Brown is still new. Give him time to settle in and become corrupted like the rest of the Senate and see what the voters of Massachusetts think after they get to know him as well as they do Kerry. Polls are as fickle as voters.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  105. kathy from phx,az

    Talk is cheap!!! Haven't you figured that out by now? Michelle Obama is more popular than her husband but she isn't doing his job nor is Scott Brown. Wait till Mr. Brown is in office awhile !!!!!!!!!!! The only way to change congress it to get rid of all of them and start over.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  106. Jerry

    I think he stuck to what he preached, and he's not going to be pushed around, or settle just to get votes. He's trying to do what is right, and people can see that. Take a hint governer Charlie. Choose a side and stick with it. San Jose Ca.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  107. A. in DFW

    Brown is not working for the American people. Just look up his backroom deal on the financial regulation bill. The political parties are corrupting anyone and everyone who sides with the public. We need to eliminate all political parties and make candidates run on their own.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  108. Susan

    It's not all that surprising. Republicans have held the Governor's office more than Democrats in Massachusetts. I think people base their decisions more on the individual, rather than their party. I do think that Martha Coakley did not run a very good campaign. I think people saw Brown as a fresh new face who would not toe a particular party line. I notice that a lot of tea partiers are upset with him. They seem to think that they're responsible for his win and he pretty much avoids them. Any time he actually goes along with the Democrats, they go apoplectic. So far Brown hasn't done anything to alienate the mainstream. Eventually as Brown builds up a record, his opponents will have more to attack him with.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  109. ann perry

    oh yes that all we need is another play boy president.He and Sarah Palin think that all they need is good looks and no brains.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  110. Joe Zeigler

    It seems like Sen. Brown is a man of honor which meams he stands alone in Washington. May God be with him because those other dip sticks in DC don't have a clue about what honor is..

    June 29, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  111. Annie, Atlanta

    Maybe his constituents don't know that he had a huge hand in stopping Wall Street reform, possibly thanks in part to the $450,000 he received from Wall Street Banksters in a 6 day period. Considering how ignorant we are when it comes to what our politicians are doing, as opposed to what they're saying, this isn't such a big stretch.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  112. Art

    Comparing Brown and Obama is ridiculous. Do you seriously think that Brown's unfavorable ratings would be so low if he were in the White House dealing with the Great Recession and high unemployment, two wars, the BP oil spill, Iran's nuclear policy, North Korea, China's trade policy, etc. None of these issues have easy simplistic solutions. The day that any President's unfavorable ratings begin to go up is the day that President has to make tough decisions It really doesn't matter who is in the White House. As a senator, Brown doesn't have to directly deal on a daily basis with any of these issues.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  113. Tim in Texas

    Gee Jack, you know if they did a poll on me, I bet my approval would be pretty good too. He hasn't done anything. What's to disapprove of? Seriously, can you name where he stands on any significant issue? Didn't think so.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  114. Kim, MA

    I voted for Sen Brown and for the 1st time in years I was actually excited to cast my vote at the booth. Both political parties have been hijacked by their extreme base, which leaves no room for independents such as myself who see many of the issues today as gray and not black and white. Instead of developing solutions to fix the issues in our country, all we see is bi-partisan bickering between the two which accomplishes nothing except voter frustration and resentment.

    Brown still has to prove himself, and there have been a couple of votes that I have disagreed with him on, but all in all, it's refreshing to see a politician out there who is not afraid to cross party lines and vote for what he believes in, vs what extreme right and extreme lefts wants him to believe in.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  115. Paul Ernest Nashville, TN

    Jack, this guy just arrived at the scene. He's like the new kid on the block. He's yet to wet his own bed, find his foot in his own mouth, and have the media dig forever in his backyard, if you know what I mean. He has shown courage, I must give him that credit but he's yet to be tested. Too early to sing praises and love songs for Brown. 6 months ain't enough to get his rude awakening and slipping, like most politicians do.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  116. Kim, MA

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    I voted for Sen Brown and for the 1st time in years I was actually excited to cast my vote at the booth. Both political parties have been hijacked by their extreme base, which leaves no room for independents such as myself who see many of the issues today as gray and not black and white. Instead of developing solutions to fix the issues in our country, all we see is bi-partisan bickering between the two which accomplishes nothing except voter frustration and resentment.

    Brown still has to prove himself, and there have been a couple of votes that I have disagreed with him on, but all in all, it's refreshing to see a politician out there who is not afraid to cross party lines and vote for what he believes in, vs what extreme right and extreme left wants him to believe in.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  117. MARY, CA

    Brown is not the guy usa need, except to be the next partner of Palin who knows

    June 29, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  118. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    A bunch of really stupid people that has no memory of what we had the prior eight years to the current president. It is hard for me to understand why people never learn. Brown is a new face in D.C. for the present.
    Scott Brown may be a good person but then again so was Jimmy Carter.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:51 pm |