Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who is positioning herself to be a thorn in the Trump White House’s side, may not have a clear road to re-election in 2018. According to a new poll, 46 percent of Massachusetts voters think someone else should be given a chance to represent the state in the U.S. Senate, compared to 44 percent who support her re-election (via The Hill):
Forty-six percent of all voters told WBUR they should "give someone else a chance," compared to 44 percent who said Warren should be reelected.
Steve Koczela — president of The MassINC Polling Group, which conducted the survey — said the numbers shouldn't be "reassuring" for Warren, who is up for reelection in 2018.
"No one's going to look at a 44 percent reelect number and think that that's a good number," he told WBUR.
Roughly a third of Democrats told WBUR that someone else should be given a shot at Warren's seat. Ninety two percent of Republicans also want someone else besides Warren, a liberal favorite in the Senate, as well as 46 percent of independent voters.
Now, there are a few other things to consider. One is that Warren also holds a 51 percent approval rating. If Warren manages to shine in opposing a Trump initiative, those ratings could go up in deep-blue Massachusetts—and possibly shift those figures concerning giving someone else a chance to take her spot in the polls. It all depends on the issue. Second, the sample size was a bit low—only 508 registered voters were polled. Usually a sample of at least 600 people is the minimum for an accurate statewide poll, or at least one that give you the best picture (not saying that 92 shy would lead to widely inaccurate results). Last, we still have a lot of time before the midterm season begins. Anything can happen, but we can hope that Warren gets the axe at this point. What we do know is that she's starting to annoy liberals. MSNBC host Mike Brzezinski said that her angry demeanor was getting exhausting to watch.