May 19th, 2009
03:54 PM ET
5 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. David S.

    I'm a dem and I have nothing against Reid but i'm sorry if after raising all that money, he still can't win this election, then maybe it's time for him to go. We can always find a new majority leader.

    May 19, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. KLK

    All ancient white men should retire from Congress.

    May 19, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  3. Corey

    If Democrats want to continue their dominance in both houses, they need to give the boot to both Reid and Pelosi. These two "leaders" have done nothing but spew vitriol and play politics since taking over. The DNC should listen to their leader (the President) and leave the old Washington way of doing things behind. Harry Reid is a despicable excuse for a Senator and doesn't deserve his seat.

    May 19, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. Susie

    Thank God someone is standing up and taking notice to rid our nation of one of the idiotic leader of our time.
    Can't come soon enough.

    May 19, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. deb0155

    If that isn't the face of a crook! Harry Reid needs to go along with Pelosi!

    May 19, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. Obama Victim

    the Reid-Pelosi mafia is done.............................these people have manged to do the impossible.....make the Bush administration look good,,,,,

    there are some quality individuals the democrats can choose............do yourselves a favor and lose these in-competent, divisive losers

    May 19, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. Ron in Asheville, NC

    Here's somebody from the other side of the country who thinks both Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are just what the country needs. I voted for Obama, but I suspect that by 2012 I'll be tired of the middle of the road. As John Hightower once said, "Ain't nothin' in the middle of the road but white lines and dead armadillos,' and I'd rather we stayed alive. Go get'm, Harry!

    May 19, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. 4 and The Door

    It looks like more and more voters are realizing that the Democratic plan beyond their anti-Bush rhetoric is empty. The Stimulus Bill and Wall Street and Automaker bailouts are turning out to be more problems than the solutions they were claimed to be. Sorry Senator Reid, but eventually voters really do expect results.

    May 19, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. Boudin

    I hope the people of Nevada see their way to oust this guy from office. I think they would be way ahead with new representation.

    May 19, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. Choo Cooo Harry's train is leaving Nevada

    Reid in trouble in Nevada. Dodd in trouble on Conneticut. Pelosi shooting herself in the foot each tiome she opens her mouth. Things are looking up for the country.

    May 19, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. Brenda

    If he thinks he does NOT work for the President he should not even attempt to run again!

    May 19, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. Democrat no more

    Nevada will do the entire country a FAVOR in dumping Harry Reid

    May 19, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. kevinmc3

    This says "voters are NOT stupid". Reid is among the most hostile, anti-productive and politically self serving politicians of the elite left. Seems his only purpose, to denounce and degrade everything that came out of the Bush White House is no longer of much value. Time ot move over, trash the "Michael Moore" mentality, and actually hire another Senator that will MAYBE put the country first , just MAYBE, but with Reid there is NO CHANCE.

    May 19, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. Cindy PA

    In 2010 when we have 20+ percent unemployment, 20+ percent interest rates on mortgages, 0 percent on earnings, the GOP will tie the $838 billion stimulus bill onto Harry Reid, the Democratic Party in Congress and the community organizer / social worker president that has no clue and is incompetent. The GOP will take back Congress and once again have to rescue the American public from government.

    May 19, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. joe

    Maybe the GOP could dig up the body of Joe McCarthy and have him cloned?

    May 19, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. Brad

    I am a Democrat and I just don't picture of him as an effective leader with any real clout.

    May 19, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. CJ

    We all better stayed focus on trying to clean up the mess that the GOP got us in the first place. If we were to use the same rationale that they are using against Pelosi, then we must also conclude that they all were well aware of everything the past administration did. That means they too should be viewed as accomplices. After all, the majority voted for the war in Iraq, and certainly, those in power in the GOP would never lie!!

    May 19, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. Rose

    I hope Nevada wakes up and gets rid of this guy. He is without a doubt the worse Senate leader in my time and I have been around for 73 years. Please, find a decent opponent for the state of Nevada.

    May 19, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. Justin

    I live in Las Vegas and have to say Harry Reid isn't even a blip on my radar... Now the Governor Jim Gibbons on the other hand.... talk about someone that needs to be booted... his poll numbers are as bad and he is Republican... We have a crisis of leadership here. Although, I am more than a little suspect of numbers that come from a poll of 625 voters compared to the entire state population, and with such a small nimber why in the world is there a 4% margin of error??

    May 19, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  20. pointofview

    seriously CNN. you can not stand when a democrat is making a mess of themselves so you have to through out the obligatory "GOP" reference. Does no one ever remember what happened in the mid 90's when the dems fell apart? report the news, stop pushing your slant.

    May 19, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. No More Incumbents

    I'll lend the GOP my Pet Rock. It's probably younger than Harry and makes more sense. Yet another poster child for term limits.

    May 19, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. vl

    Reid being ousted would be the best thing to happen to the Democratic Party. It would bring the party back down to earth from this extremist and partisan congress led by Reid and Pelosi. I would think Obama wants him to lose.

    May 19, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  23. Steve (the real one)

    So who's afraid of the big bad wolf? Since so far they can't find a credible opponent, I guess it woud be the GOP! This would be the prize since Jim Thune defeated Tom Daschle! Wake up, GOP!

    May 19, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. Mark

    Come on Vegas. Just put forth a decent republican candidate and Reid is finished.

    May 19, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  25. Not unexpected

    He and Nancy have been abysmal in leading the Congress, it is no wonder he is vulnerable. The wonder is that people outside of Nevada are even aware who he is anyway. I'm sure the majority don't know about his sweet land deals and pet porkulus train project. But, most on here are hypocritical Obamabots anyway...

    May 19, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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