A majority of Massachusetts voters do not think Sen. Elizabeth Warren should run for president, according to a new poll, but her interest in a potential 2020 bid doesn’t appear to be swaying voters in this fall’s Senate race.
Warren held a 22-point lead over Republican challenger Geoff Diehl, a state representative from Whitman, in a WBUR/MassINC poll released Wednesday. Fifty-three percent of the 502 likely voters polled backed Warren, compared to 31 percent for Diehl and 5 percent for independent candidate Shiva Ayyadurai.
Warren is running for her second term in the Senate and has said that after the election she’ll explore whether to seek the presidency in 2020. Wednesday’s poll is the second to find voters in Warren’s state largely think she should give the presidential race a pass, with 63 percent saying she should not run, 22 percent saying she should and 15 percent undecided.
A Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll out Monday had 17 percent saying Warren should run for president and 68 percent saying she should not. Most voters in the WBUR poll — 64 percent — said the fact that Warren may run for president makes no difference in their vote for Senate, while 8 percent said it made them more likely to vote for her and 27 percent less likely. Diehl has repeatedly knocked Warren for not committing to serve the full six-year term. Thirty-six percent of respondents said they’d never heard of Diehl, and 71 percent had never heard of Ayyadurai.