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. kay

    I had hoped it was Pelosi. Oh well, Reid is also a disgrace and I'm a Democrat, but those two are less about consensus and re-starting the country than about retaliation and power. Also helps to retain those juicy "campaign" funds.

    May 19, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. playlist

    wonder why CNN didn't post the NATIONAL Gallup poll about the demise of the GOP in all demographics ????

    May 19, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. GOPer

    This clown was in trouble b4 Obama. As long as he and pelosi stay in office, the better off the GOP will be in the long run!

    May 19, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. Tino

    18 months away... geesh. Get back to me in 17 months when this might be news.

    May 19, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. jose

    CNN is the best republicans money can buy!

    May 19, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  6. rob

    He's an idiot. he and Pelosi both need to be replaced , by someone competent enough to do those job's

    May 19, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. KC

    Reid, Dodd, Pelosi and Franks all need to go. Then, in the oh so wise words of Nancy Pelosi, a complete criminal investigation needs to be made into their activities while in office. Anyone who thinks any of these politicians are worth keeping are just plain stupid.

    May 19, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. WILL

    What the American people will remember the most about any upcoming election is:The Corrupt Bush Administration, Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh etc., because the Democrats will remind the American people over and over and over again

    May 19, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. ken

    oooh now that Pelosi is "under fire" let's bring leader reid and then other democrats so that we can bring this house down....right CNN?

    Oooh well, I think you already has shown your colors.....

    May 19, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. Michigan

    It's 18 months away! Remember who was leading the Presidential races 18 months out? Didn't think so.

    May 19, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. jj

    Reid is building up after republicans boogie man style when they had limited say!

    May 19, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. RealityKing

    The second Democrat Senate Leader voted out of office in a row. Another historical first for the Obama team...

    May 19, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  13. Mitchell from MS

    What people say and what people do are two different things. Lets see in 18 months if the people he represent have the gumption to make good on their threats.

    May 19, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  14. tcaudilllg

    This is bluster. Won't come to anything. Progressives will stand by their guys (and gals) come Election Day.

    May 19, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  15. independent

    Harry. Get some fire in your belly and stand up for your party and constituents. So far, milquetoast. Get moving Harry.

    May 19, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  16. Derrick

    Unless you live here in NV, no one else would know just how LOVED Harry Reid is here!

    Those polls are incorrect. Harry, you are most certainly safe! This whole thing is to just trick the GOP and take their eye off the ball.

    However, it is John Ensign who should be concerned. Keep a lookout on this!

    May 19, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  17. RealityKing

    In 18 months, Obama's socialistic agenda will put Nevada's 10.4% unemployment rate at 20%. Not to mention the rest of America..

    Got your government job yet?

    May 19, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. ben

    The President gonna help him....

    I would love see him helped.

    Since 2001, democrats were made boogies by republicans and a very powerful vice president.......

    People have short memories. If harry reid was 60% by 2002, by 2007 he was 30% approval rating
    After the election of Obama he is like 41%+ and building...by 18months he will be 55%+ and he will be reelected!

    May 19, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  19. John

    For Congress it's still business a usual.

    Ried may be in some trouble, but he has plenty of company.

    Regardless of party, I think incumbents are in trouble.

    Time for younger, more dynamic, candidates to run for office.

    I certainly don't think a GOP candidate could win against a more dynamic Democrat candidate.

    May 19, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  20. Jerry Brown

    Do voters in Nevada not understand the importance of his position and that he got it becuase of the time he has been there–Nevadans willl be giving up a lot of clout, starting all over,and so will the rest of us democrats. Reid helped immensely in getting the Democrats into office.

    May 19, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  21. Terry

    Couldn't Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Newt Gingrich, and Tom Delay get a talk show on CNN or somethihg?

    They have great retirement benefits, unlike most Americans.

    We don't have time during this ugly century to allow them to take up space in Washington.

    May 19, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  22. Jim

    This guy is trouble. Stay away from him if you can. I live in Nevada and this guy hasnt done anything for this state, let alone our country. He is shifty and corrupt.

    May 19, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  23. Samuel

    This is a plot and I am not buying it. Ried is good at what he does.

    May 19, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. The Broker.

    What the Bloody hell are you talking about. Where ther is Muck there is Money. Are Old lass has plenty of Brass, and we don't give a Sucker.

    May 19, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  25. playlist

    if CNN won't ....someonw else will....
    GOP Losses Span Nearly All Demographic Groups .www.gallup.com

    much more important than Harry Reid 18 months from re-election

    May 19, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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