Is Democrat Elizabeth Warren more electible than Barack Obama?

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Is Democrat Elizabeth Warren, new darling of liberals, more electible than Barack Obama? It's starting to look that way if both Democrat Elizabeth Warren and Barack Obama are compared in current polls.

Warren, running for Ted Kennedy's long held Senate seat against incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown who upset Democrats with his unexpected 2010 win, recently wowwed Democrats with her pithy response to Republicans' charge of "class warfare":

“I hear all this, you know, ‘Well, this is class warfare, this is whatever,’” she said. “No. There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody.

“You built a factory out there? Good for you. But I want to be clear: you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did.

“Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea? God bless. Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.”

Since that statement, internet sites have popped up proclaiming "Warren for President 2016". Today she is picking up the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas of Lowell, Mass. although she still needs to win in the Democratic primary election. A recent poll by Umass Lowell and the Boston Herald show Elizabeth Warren in a virtual tie with her Republican adversary: Warren 38%, Brown 41%, with a 3.8% margin of error.

The New York Daily News on Sept. 22 said "Warren may be the dream candidate for Democrats." A survey by Public Policy Polling showed Warren 46% to Brown's 43% then. The poll also noted her name recognition in Massachusetts had risen 24 points.

Warren was a financial reform advisor and consumer watchdog for the Obama administration before her Senate campaign. She left her position when President Obama did not nominate her to lead a new consumer protection agency because of Republican objections.

On the other hand, President Barack Obama has taken some negative hits in recent polls and news. Rasmussen Reports in its Daily Presidential Tracking Poll notes today that Obama has an Approval Index of -22. Obama's approval rating is currently near its lowest point since his inauguration. Rasmussen reports that 42% of likely voters strongly disapproved of Obama while overall 54% somewhat disapproved. Obama's strongly approved rating was 20% with a general approval rating of 44%.

Also, failed Democratic candidate David Weprin, running to replace former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner in a Sept. 13 Special Election in New York, complained that his loss to a Republican in a traditionally Democratic district was the direct result of Obama's current slump in popularity. "I think that voters looked at it as a referendum on the president," Walprin said shortly after the loss.

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