December 4th, 2009
09:20 AM ET
11 months ago

Poll: Democratic leader in trouble

Harry Reid is up for re-election in 2010.
Harry Reid is up for re-election in 2010.

Washington (CNN) – A new poll indicates that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, continues to trail two potential Republican rivals, less than one year before the 2010 elections.

Former Nevada Republican Party Chair Sue Lowden holds a 10-point lead over Reid, while businessman Danny Tarkanian has a six-point advantage over the Democratic senator, according to the Mason-Dixon Polling & Research survey conducted on behalf of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The poll was published in Friday's newspaper.

The survey also indicates that Reid's favorable/unfavorable rating was upside down: 38 percent favorable, 49 percent unfavorable, with 13 percent not expressing an opinion.

This is the third Mason-Dixon poll in five months that suggests the Democratic senator in trouble of winning re-election to a fifth term. Reid, who was first elected to the Senate in 1986, has pledged to spend up to $25 million to stay in office.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal/Mason Dixon poll was conducted November 30-December 2, with 625 registered voters in Nevada questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.


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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. haren

    He will win with land slide by the time of 2010, voters will reject Party of NO.
    Obama's policy of our nation building for economy, stimulus package, Health care reform, cap and trade, education will make democrats super majority in congress and we don't have to depend on votes of traitor like Joe Lieberman and blue dogs in congress and senate.

    December 4, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  2. PJ

    I'm glad his arrogance if finally catching up with him. It is said that Nero was fiddling while Rome was burning. I think Harry has done nothing but play his fiddle while the U.S. economy and job market have been burning.

    December 4, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. has pledged to spend up to $25 million to stay in office

    Mr. Reid,

    maybe its time to go

    December 4, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  4. dcwilson

    Any reporter is making fall 2010 electoral inferences (for Republicans or Democats) from a poll NOW is at best amateur, and at worst naive. CNN/Mark Preston, you might as well have said, Rudy Guiliani will be our president based on your reading of a 2007 poll. These horserace polls are not predictive of anything except the likelihood they'll be reported. There are experts that can help you when you're ready.

    December 4, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  5. Linda C

    Throw the bum out!!!!!

    December 4, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  6. Chris D.

    Well....when healthcare passes, and the unemployment rate drops, Leader Reid will pounce the competition.
    Unemployment dropped by a percentage (.2%, from 10.2%, to 10%).....
    It appears that the DEMS may be on the right track......If and when unemployment drops to 8.0, or even better, 7.5, the GOP is in deep trouble for being nothing but crap shooters......They will have had nothing to do w/ the recovery.......NOTHING!!!!!
    Leader Reid, keep moving.

    December 4, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    Rightfully so. Taking up a cause that citizens are against, pits you against the citizens who put you there, in the first place. Time to find another career.....this one's ending.

    December 4, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  8. Jon Gradie

    Is this "THE WAR iS lOST" Reid? He's so out of touch and has been for a long time. Why was he elected leader of the senate? Is he the oldest man there?

    December 4, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. Curt

    I can't stand Danny Tarkanian. Living in Nevada, we need Harry Reid as unfavorable as people may see him. Nevada needs jobs and they need his representation in Congress.

    December 4, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  10. Dave

    Good It is scary to have a person like him in charge of anything.

    December 4, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  11. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Even the people who elected Reid in the first place don't like being ignored–and financially screwed–by this tax-and-spend maniac.

    December 4, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. lou

    Only an ego-driven IDIOT would spend $25 Million dollars to stay in office when poll numbers are this bad. It's a typical Democratic approach to things – spend whatever you have to, especially if its other people's money – to get what you want. Even if it doesn't work. Who cares? Its not out of your pocket.

    What is really stupid is that there are enough people with more money than brains to support his idiocy. What do they get for their money when he loses???? Idiots, all of them. I say vote out ALL incumbents starting with 2010. America can surely do better than this group.

    December 4, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. Gary

    Harry Reid has been arrogant and ignorant and has not listened to the people. We don't want more taxes, we don't want bigger government, we don't want government healthcare. I think that the only way to get this country back on track is to get rid of Harry Reid. I don't care if we replace him with a Republican, Democrat or Independent I just want to send him home!!!

    December 4, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. Mark

    And yet they still try to jam their gov't takeover of health care down our throats.

    December 4, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  15. Seriously, Left

    Glad to see Nevada voters finally see the light. This lame duck will do everything in his power to destroy the "American Way" before he is ousted next year.

    December 4, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  16. phoenix86

    Bye bye Harry. We hardly knew you, but what we did know made us disgusted.

    December 4, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. Silence Dogoode

    Harry needs to go. We need term limits.

    December 4, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  18. Jim

    A year in politics is a long time. And I imagine that his opponents have not been scrutinized very closely either. But even if he loses, I respect the fact that he is trying to get health insurance reform passed.

    December 4, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  19. Chad

    Harry is just one of many out of touch democrats that will be out of a job next year. November 2010 can't get here fast enough!

    December 4, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  20. ttbala

    Well Nevada people, as if it was not enough how much you suffered under republican leadership in the past eight years now you want to go back there again, your choice your loss.

    December 4, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  21. Jerry

    Please remove this man from office, He is truely a menace to America.

    December 4, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Harry has nothing to worry about if he passes a healthcare bill with a strong public option. If he doesn't he may be in trouble.

    December 4, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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