In it, but not of it. TPM DC
A 58% majority of respondents said they have a favorable opinion of Brown, versus only 22% who said they view him unfavorably. Further, 55% said Brown deserves to be reelected, while 29% said he does not.
In the theoretical pairings, Brown topped Gov. Deval Patrick by 15 points, 52% to 37%. No other candidate came within 20 points of matching him. Brown bested Vicki Kennedy (52%-30%), Rep. Michael Capuano (52%-26%), Rep. Ed Markey (53%-26%), Lt. Gov. Tim Murray (51%-23%), and the virtually unknown Setti Waren (52%-9%).
In releasing the poll, Suffolk wrote that Brown appeared to be "virtually untouchable" based on his wide leads and high favorability.
Brown, who won a special election last year to fill the the late Ted Kennedy's seat, has performed extremely well in early polls. A survey by Western New England College showed Brown with double-digit leads on a pair of Democratic challengers, while a PPP poll showed him comfortably leading a range of potential opponents.
That WENC poll also found that 57% of voters approve of Brown's job performance, compared to 24% who disapproved.
The Suffolk poll was conducted April 3-5 among 500 likely voters. It has a margin of error of 4.4%.