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. Terri

    18 months is a long time.

    May 19, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. kimberly

    I would be glad to see another fresh face Dem run against him. I dont think that would be hard. I dont know why people are scared of him. A republican wont beat him, because he will be the lesser of two evils, but I would love a new Dem in there.

    May 19, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. Al

    Maybe he should pull a Specter and switch parties! LOL

    May 19, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. Patrick

    Most Democrats agree that Reid sucks, but he's still better than a Republican.

    May 19, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. MaryJo Bruce Surprise, Ariz

    Mr Reid certainly has some type of dementia really. The decisions he makes along with his comments. C'mon people theres comes a time when everyone needs to step down for the better. Theres alot of senators that need to leave office. And other senators also know it. Its like in every kind of work. Theres a time to quit and leave it to the younger ones. People for some reason just cannot bring themselves to tell each other, " out to pasture"

    May 19, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. Tee NC

    I think this shows there is trash on both sides.....All this Dems VS Reps is killing off the US. I don't see the Dems being any better then the Reps and I don't support either party.

    May 19, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. Paul from Phoenix

    Don't let the door hit ya...

    May 19, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. Patrick

    When he said "we've already lost the war" his career was over. That's as un-american as it gets.

    May 19, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. Kevin in Ohio

    The longer Reid, Pelosi, Frank, Dodd, Schumer, Kennedy, and others like them stick around,, the better it will be for Republicans in 2010 and 2012. So, Harry, pay no attention to that poll.........

    May 19, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  10. james

    Craig from NJ: when you say turned around from Obama, do you mean from Bush? I think you quickly have forgotten the recent past, and who got us into the mess we're in. Obama is trying to return us to success, but you're too blind to see through your GOP colored glasses.

    Obama has worked every day he's been president. Bush was in Crawford half the time, at this point in his presidency. Now we have a president doing his job, and suddenly it's called Socialism. No, that's what government is SUPPOSED to do.

    May 19, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. jim

    Reid is history.

    May 19, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  12. Peter (CA)

    I'm not a big fan of Harry but he will run again so I would rather he win and give up his position as majority leader.

    I love the whiny right wingers compalining loud and long about this guy when the story says they can't even FIND a credible Republican candidate in Nevada.

    May 19, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. Greg Smith, Clifton Heights PA

    This is just the beginning of the Republican comeback. which will end in 2012 when Obama is kicked out of office. The Democratic Party is now showing what they are all about and we do not like it. Adios Democratics.

    May 19, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. len Smith

    Reid is doing the job and he will continue to hold the best interests of the United States of America as his goal, and not let the no idea party Republicans who have not done a thing for this country ruin us anymore.

    May 19, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. Scott B

    I voted for the DEms this year and if I were Ried i would be very careful on how I chose my words about power being tossed around the party if I were Reid. Didn't he and Pelosi both say they don't work for the president. Didn't we as a people for for Obama to be the top dog. If that is the case its about thime that Reid, Pelosi and other Dems start to fall in line or they will lose Their seats !!!!! This is nonsence they created. Stop fighting with thr right and meet in the center. You are in control but from how I see it you have no control.

    May 19, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. Tulsa

    Mississippi Mike May 19th, 2009 1:52 pm ET
    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.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Oh! I see, like what happened last November, right? When the NATION saw what the Republicans had done and decided the Democrats would be better than THAT.
    So you're saying that the NAtion decided that the Republicans were not right to lead this country, right?

    May 19, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. Debra Williams

    Reid AND Pelosi – two career policitians who are so biased and so smug and are a detriment to Obama's policies and politics. You would think that they consider themselves as king and queen. They both need to be replaced. I hope Obama does extremely well as President, but I'm afraid I consider most of his cabinet as "The Amateur Hour". Congress has the lowest approval rating ever. I really don't think Bush was the problem...Congress was and still is. They are so mired in their own petty little intrigues that they have all forgotten to serve us – the people.

    May 19, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  18. Dan

    WHO? Mason-Dixon for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, WHO? :O

    May 19, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. A.P. Fremont, Ca.

    Regardless....Dems will gain seats within the next 18 months....

    May 19, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. Irene

    This would be unfortunate for NV. They need the Senate Majority seat and would be foolish to vote Reid out now.

    May 19, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  21. J.Crobuzon

    Not likely he'll leave, but he and Pelosi are holdovers from a time when Bush and his blackshirts controlled the country and the Democrats needed extremists and warriors. Maybe the GOP will stop sliding towards treason and get back up here with the rest of us, and then it won't matter so much which party has a majority? Reid and Pelosi could both retire soon without upsetting me, I tell ya.

    May 19, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  22. elliott

    Reid is dirty.......He needs to go

    May 19, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. Ennis, LA

    Dear Harry: why don't you just leave office and take Arlen Specter with you? The voters opted for CHANGE last year, remember? Nevadans
    are no different than the rest of the country. So you need Obama to come and rescue you at your fundraiser May 26? You need that old
    battle axe Bette Midler whose doctored ads try to make her look 35?

    The Senate needs new blood, not you. You put Navadans out of work...
    flooded the state with illegal workers....kiss Obama's toes. Get LOST !

    May 19, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  24. ColoDem

    I am behind your Reid.

    May 19, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  25. john

    I will accept fox news poll anytime......

    CNN get a life!

    May 19, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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