Poll: Warren opens up 6-point lead over Brown in Mass. Senate race

Elizabeth Warren has opened up a 6-point lead against Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) in their hotly contested senatorial race, according to a new poll.

The poll, from the Western New England University Polling Institute, found Warren ahead of the first-term senator with 50 percent support to 44 among likely voters. Six percent of the voters polled were undecided.

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Both candidates enjoy strong favorability ratings among voters, and are neck-and-neck in that category. Fifty-three percent of those surveyed had favorable impressions of Warren, and Brown garnered a 54 percent favorable rating. 

And even though Warren is leading in this poll, those surveyed still give strong marks to Brown's first term as a senator. On job approval, voters gave Brown the thumbs-up, 57 percent to 30.

Warren looks to have built her edge by dominating support from older voters and women. Of those surveyed who were 65 years old or older, 63 percent said they were planning to vote for Warren, compared to 35 percent for Brown. When it came to women, Warren enjoyed a 15-point advantage over Brown. 

However, the incumbent retains an advantage in male voters, 49 percent to 44. 

Brown also holds a substantial edge among independent voters, 57 percent to Warren's 35.

The poll was conducted from Sept. 6 to 13 and has a 5-point margin of error.