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. Mike S., New Orleans

    So this is the Republican solution to our problems: eliminate Democrats.

    May 19, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. E.C.Coleman

    You mean that the Dems are just now realizing this?

    May 19, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. Steve, Columbia SC

    Of course he is vulnerable........people in Nevada are tired of big government, tax and spend, and no integrity.

    And his spokesman says he isn't worried about the polls......yeah right.

    May 19, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. Ted Tartaglia

    Why don't the Republics run party leader Limbaugh against Reid? Nevada's dry climate might even melt some of the fat off the fat bloviator

    May 19, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. Obama 2.0

    Reid & Pelosi Liberals GET A CLUE!!! Whe we voted for Obama we voted for a center style of governing which included Democrats & Republicans, NOT fringe wing nuts. We voted for a "United" America. NOT a Liberal agenda. WAKE UP LEFT & RIGHT 🙂

    May 19, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. E.C.Coleman

    Hey...............CNN...why NOT take a Poll on Pelosi????
    That should be an interesting Poll right now!!!
    Pelosi is really in hot water!

    May 19, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |

    come on Republicans. get someone. ANYONE out there to replace him. Get him out and get PeLIEsi out of there and put in more centerists and get away from the crazy left.

    May 19, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. Just checking

    Why is there a Permalink on subjects of topical interest, yet the floor is open to discuss topics of little interest or nonsensical gossip? GITMO, Bill Clinton's new job, or anything that involves U.S. money going abroad seems to get the ax when it comes to feedback. Too many bloggers I guess.

    May 19, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. Dennis

    This should be a good opportunity tfor a Libertarian candidate.

    May 19, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. Justin

    Thats not surprising. I wouldn't vote for him if I lived in Nevada and I'm a Democrat. Now if only we could find a suitable replacement for Pelosi we'd be in business. Those two will be the downfall of the Dem's hold on a majority in Congress.

    May 19, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. Peter E

    Reid and Pelosi should both have resigned after all the idiocy they've put us through. They've been running their respective chambers as if THEY have been elected president, and they are even becoming a liability to Obama and the democrats, not to mention the nation. Bye bye!

    May 19, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |

    Once we're out of the recession, and Healthcare passes, Sen. Reid will be just fine.

    May 19, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  13. Tony

    He's a scumbag, what do you expect? A squirrel on waterskis could beat Harry Reid at this point.

    May 19, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. Tim

    GOP is making a comeback...

    Reid will lose, Dodd will lose, GOP will win governor in NJ and NY... all setting the stage to kick Obama out in 2012!

    May 19, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  15. Sari

    I live in Vegas, and Manley is 100% correct about LVRJ polls. That entire paper is a neocon rag posing as journalism. They ask "pre-interview" questions to screen out the people who give answers they don't like, something I found out when they started to interview me last election and stopped prematurely without cause.

    Few, if any of the people I have talked to in town have ever had a negative thing to say about Reid. I'm very proud to have him as my senator.

    May 19, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. callmeHarry

    Well Harry, hope you enjoyed the ride, cause you are going to be exiting soon. Look at it this way my friend-someone else gets to kibbitz with that wonderful paragon of virtue Pelosi, who has proved to be a dim bulb. Good Luck Sir Harry, don't gamble it all away in Vegas.

    May 19, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  17. Brad Morse

    Some how this does not surprise me. I wonder what or who is next? The story just keeps getting more predictable.

    May 19, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. Neil

    Reid can survive Republican challenges. But can he survive a challenge from a moderate Democrat?

    May 19, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. Ridgeway

    Gee, imagine that. His constituents have finally figured out the mean spirited old SOB hasn't done anything in years except gripe about Bush and the GOP. Only a gelding or a steer are less productive than him.

    May 19, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. John

    Reid is not in trouble we have the power, people will realize if they want money and to work they will vote with the power. It is the GOP that is not just in trouble they are gasping for an ever decreasing amount of air. I say stand on their necks we don't need them.

    May 19, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. jim

    I hope they dump Reid annd PELOSI.

    May 19, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. KenS

    "take-no-prisoners style"

    Huh? This guy folds whenever the Republicans say boo! Just once, I'd like to see him show some guts in the Senate – Make the Republicans filibuster, then make them pay the price in PR.

    May 19, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. Craig from NJ

    Dang, now this could be good. Get rid of these clowns, including CNN's idol Obama and we can get this thing turned around maybe.

    May 19, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. lorraine

    WHOO HOOO!!!!! Get rid of him.....

    May 19, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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