May 19th, 2009
03:54 PM ET
6 years ago

Poll shows trouble for Reid

Thirty-eight percent of respondents in a new poll said that they approve of the job Harry Reid is doing in Congress.
Thirty-eight percent of respondents in a new poll said that they approve of the job Harry Reid is doing in Congress.

(CNN) – As the GOP struggles to find a candidate to challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a new poll out Tuesday suggests the Nevada Democrat is extremely vulnerable 18 months before Election Day.

According to the new survey conducted by Mason-Dixon for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, only about a third of the state's voters said they would vote to re-elect Reid to a fifth Senate term, while 45 percent said they would definitely vote for another candidate. An additional 17 percent of voters say they would consider voting to oust Reid.

The poll also suggested Reid's approval rating back home stands at a meager 38 percent, while about half of Nevada voters hold a negative view toward the Senate Majority leader.

Reid has long been a divisive figure in his home state, especially since ascending to the position of majority leader in 2006.

But even though there are few more valuable Democratic targets in the Senate, the GOP has yet to find a credible candidate willing to challenge Reid, known for his take-no-prisoners style back at home.

Meanwhile Reid is raising campaign cash at an impressive clip, amassing more than $2 million in his war chest during the first quarter of the year.

Jim Manley, a spokesman for Reid, brushed aside the poll results, saying, "Sen. Reid has never put a lot of weight in polls.

"Polls by the Review-Journal are consistently out of line with other polls," Manley also said. "The primary number he's worried about is Nevada's 10.4% unemployment rate and that's why he's focused on fixing the economy and creating jobs in Nevada."

The survey interviewed 625 Nevada voters and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.


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soundoff (207 Responses)
  1. Mississippi Mike

    That's what happens when the public sees your strengths and weaknesses and you have more weaknesses than strengths. I won't be sad to see him go.

    May 19, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. Becky

    I'm fine if Reid and Pelosi go. Both parties have room to grow right now.

    May 19, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. Greg from MA

    Where is the reporting? If Jim Manley says that "Polls by the Review-Journal are consistently out of line with other polls", you, CNN, as a news organization need to do the research and point out that this is correct or incorrect.

    While I personally like Reid, your reporters need to be held to a higher standard CNN.

    May 19, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz,VA

    Nevada may vote Reid out, but they sure as hell better put a democrat in that seat to replace him.

    May 19, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. Rob

    It will truly be a good day for America when Reid, Pelosi, and the rest of the Dem crooks are voted out/lose control of Congress. Then REAL change can happen and America can truly start to recover.

    May 19, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. JT

    This makes the ticker and not Steele's 'party of no' speech??

    May 19, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    so its over a year away for harry reid to either get voted out or get re-elected .. give me a break . alot will happen in the next eighteen months .I am hoping our country will be on its way to a recovery from the Bush Cheney crap shoot ..so as for this man having trouble getting re-elected isn't even news worthy

    the media needs to focus on the here and now and we are all waiting to see the GOP shoot themselves in the foot once again. soon they will be only a bad dream and our nation will come together and get back on track as to being a nation of truth and justice and freedom for everyone.

    May 19, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. Fair is Fair

    2010 might just turn out to be a good year after all. Good people of Nevada... PLEASE get rid of this sorry excuse for a senator.

    May 19, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. JJ in Chula Vista, CA

    Fresh off Michael Steele's Republican manifesto, I'm certain the Republicans will "have answers" to these sorts of questions very soon, and the people of Nevada will have to choose their own path. The question becomes, will they pick someone who's yet another "loyal opposer" to the president, or will the representative they want have something "new to say, have new ideas" and not look to the past and apologize for the past Republican mistakes?

    As a Democrat, I seriously doubt this will be the case.

    May 19, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. Larry of Las Vegas

    Ole Harry can get out of town by taking that high speed $8 billion train he wants to build to Los Angeles. Nevada is ready for a Republican with conservative values and not the tax and spend socialistic agenda being promoted by Obama. Republicans cannot wait for the mid term elections so we can get this country's economy back on track.... and not Harry's high speed tracks.

    May 19, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  11. Jon in CA

    Considering Obama attacked Nevada – desparaging any Companies going to Las Vegas for business trips..... the good people of NV need to send a message back to Congress:

    Don't Mess with Vegas, baby!

    May 19, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  12. b franklin

    Really?
    Being piss-poor at your job could put you in jeopardy of losing your job?

    May 19, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. Republicans are the American Taliban

    What does the poll show for the 2032 election?

    May 19, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  14. Aaron

    Out with the old and in with the new. Harry Reid right now is owned by Washington and big business just like the Republicans. We need a majority leader in Washington who works for the people of this nation. The list is also topped by Pelosi and Dodd. I'm a liberal and I'm telling these 3 are jokes. Pelosi is lying through her teeth. Dodd writes in a clause to allow big bonuses to AIG execs. If only we had 26 other Obamas out there running for senate in 2010.

    May 19, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  15. J.P.

    Doh! Bad keyboarding! I meant:
    Incumbent Dump – "2010" ...not "201." :)

    May 19, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  16. Brian

    Reid is the poster boy for all that is wrong with American politicians today. He and Bela Pelosi need to be sent home with most of the other rabble in Congress.

    May 19, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. Ron - Saint Louis

    I'm a democrat but wouldn't shed a tear of Harry and Nancy both lost their offices. They have done little to follow President Obama's new era of politics in Washington. Time to clean out the old guard and put in fresh people that are working for the will of the people, not the party or their pocket books.

    SPOR

    May 19, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  18. Michael

    As bad as Harry Reid is, Nevada could do worse -but Nancy Pelosi would have to move to Nevada first.

    May 19, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  19. pat

    no surprise there......

    May 19, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. Mary

    harry raid is a screw up, He thinks he is a something, well I say he is filled with the Devil ideas, He is a wast of skin, he is a lier, and a cheat, and a hollow cup, he pours out nothing, he is arrogant. mean, cruel, he a baby killer, and he a homosexual lover,

    May 19, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  21. Mike

    I can only hope Harry Reid will soon be out of a job he's about partisan politics and not leadership............

    May 19, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  22. Glenn Martin

    Reid has cost this country more than anyone other than Nancy Pelosi. The two own a steamroller Stimulus bill that is little more than social re-engineering, It is estimated 20% of $767B goes toward job creation. In the first 100 days of Obama he has approved in bailouts, budget increase and Stimulus more than all combined previous administrations back to George Washington. Unbelievable!

    May 19, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  23. Donnygull

    I really could care less whether Reid is re-elected or not. I have been disappointed by him more times than not as he needs to fight fire with fire against the Republicants. I say elect a young LIBERAL firebrand to take it to the thugs.

    May 19, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. SLM

    Come on Nevada, vote this fool out. Time for the change we were promised, out with the incumbents.

    May 19, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  25. Heidi

    Being from Nevada I find this survey very disturbing since they only polled Las Vegas and Not the whole state.

    May 19, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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