May 19th, 2009
03:54 PM ET
9 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. 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 |
  2. larrywi

    Good riddens, and take Polosi & good ole Barney with!!

    May 19, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. Pheonix86

    I'm not worried. The republican party has done enough damage to last us a few voting cycles before they amp up the religious base and have a chance at winning again.

    Maybe this time they'll be a little more conservative than the big government that presided during the Bush administration. One can only hope this to be the case the next time they're given a chance to lead.

    May 19, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. bsmith171

    he's a MORMON!

    May 19, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. Carl

    Reid needs to be GONE,PEROID.

    May 19, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. mark

    The pendulum is swinging the other way

    May 19, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. Biff Hedrickson

    Mr "The War Is Lost" Reid? Losing??

    May 19, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Dan, Idaho Falls, Idaho

    I don't think Reid supports the troops.

    May 19, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. lefty

    These polls this far in advance of an election are just foolishness. I'm sure next month the poll will be different. Don't sweat it Harry.

    May 19, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. Right Leaning Independent

    All Democrats are going to be vulnerable for their spend happy ways!!

    May 19, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. Valerie

    what's new?

    May 19, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. barking republican ankle biters

    Reed lost my support when he and Nancy took impeachment off the table.They got blackmailed,but thats still no excuse.

    May 19, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  13. Pete

    What goes around, comes around!

    May 19, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. GOP = 21st century dodo

    Reid comes across as somewhat arrogant and condescending in a Peggy Noonanish sort of way.

    May 19, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. Amanda

    Good Riddance! Reid and Pelosi are the reasons I switched from being a Democrat to an Independent! Self servicing idiots – both of them!!!

    May 19, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. Sam I Am

    I'm a born again Democrat and even I don't like Reid's style. He's an old school politican. Time to go.

    May 19, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. joe smith

    mr. reid and his wife, sold their souls to AIPAC years ago, that's why he has been around so long.. but a new day is coming, your usefulness to them is OVER, and with the talk of a palestinian state, yep, you got it, your out of here..

    May 19, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. Trudy

    Reid is divisive, arrogant and not in touch with reality. He, Pelosi and Barney Frank must go. They have no regard for the taxpayer. These "representatives" must be replaced by fiscally responsible leaders who will respect Americans and their wallets.

    May 19, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  19. Patrick of Honolulu

    This guy's departure from public life can not come soon enough. He is a weak leader, and bad for our country.

    May 19, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. Alex

    I hope the Democrats come up with a primary challenger for Droopy... What a worthless piece of crap! I thought leaders were supposed to lead???

    May 19, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  21. Johnny DC

    Small victories are better than no victories. Even as a Conservative, I'll take any random Democrat over Reid in a heartbeat. The guy represents everything wrong with politics, on top of the fact that I disagree with most of his stances. I'll gladly take a morally capable replacement (that I equally disagree with) any day.

    May 19, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  22. Brian

    How come everyone had a cow when Romney was running because he is a mormon? So is Harry..... Just saying... double standard?

    May 19, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. sandee in Portland

    Too bad. This guy needs to go. He is the typical career politician. Term limits are badly needed for all political positions. Then they can't make a career out of a position that was meant to service the people's best interests and not their own. I don't care if a republican or a democrat beats him; he just needs to go! He's too old, too out of touch with the average american and has just been in politics too long.

    May 19, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  24. lynn in NM

    Boo hoo. Nancy's next.

    May 19, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  25. Luis in Miami

    Mr. Reid is ineffective and should be voted out and Nancy Pelosi should be impeached. I am the biggest democrat there is in Miami. They are both worthless.

    May 19, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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