January 18th, 2010
03:02 PM ET
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New poll lows for Nelson after health care vote

A new poll puts support for Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson below 50 percent in his home state.
A new poll puts support for Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson below 50 percent in his home state.

(CNN) – Sen. Ben Nelson's support in his home state of Nebraska has dipped below 50 percent, according to a new poll which finds a majority of voters there disapprove of the Democratic health care bill the two-term senator supports.

According to a new poll conducted by the Omaha World-Herald, Nelson's job approval rating now stands at 42 percent with a 48 percent disapproval rating. Forty-four percent of those polled also said Nelson's support for the health care reform bill would hurt his chances at re-election 2012 should he decide to run.

Nelson was the last Senate Democrat to sign on to his party's health care bill, and has since been criticized for only agreeing to the bill after winning special concessions from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The poll found that more than 60 percent of Nebraskans questioned oppose the Senate health care bill.

A majority said they opposed Nelson's vote in favor of the bill, while about 1 in 3 approved of it. Three-quarters of the GOP voters surveyed - but only 22 percent of Democrats - opposed the senator's vote.

Nelson, who served as governor of Nebraska from 1991-1999, has long been a popular figure in the state. He was re-elected in 2006 to his second Senate term with 64 percent of the vote.

The same poll out Monday shows fellow Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns, a Republican who voted against the health care measure, with a 63 percent approval rating.

The poll surveyed 500 registered voters in Nebraska between Jan. 8-12. It has a sampling error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.


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  1. Kevin in Ohio

    He still has a chance..... give up the bribe he took and vote against cloture.

    January 18, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. southerncousin

    Hey, his election isn't until Obama's in 2012. That is great, they can go down in defeat together. Obama one and done.

    January 18, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. Dutch the Great

    Sen. Nelson, your up the creek now. Going against what majority of the democratic caucus wants(Public Option), will definitely not get you re-elected.

    January 18, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. Dimslie

    Nelson supports Harry Reid. Let all Nebraskans who support Harry Reid vote for Nelson and all who don't support Reid vote against Nelson. That seems fair.

    January 18, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. Steve, NY

    I can see why Nelson's popularity is dropping. The health Plan is screwing the Seniors. The Seniors will vote him out.
    Get rid of all Democrats, vote them out. Ever since 2006 when Democrats took over Congress all we had was financial problems.

    January 18, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. Iowan

    I wish there was a poll like this taken in Iowa (of course not from the DM Register that wouldn't be valid) polling our senators' approval ratings and the whole healthcare issue. Every state needs to do this and let Barack see the results. Maybe THAT would open his eyes........doubtful though.

    January 18, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. Scott, Tucson

    So much for Sen. Nelson voting for the will of his constituents, looks like they will be voting him out of office in 2012.

    January 18, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. Obama Victim

    Virginia...New Jersey....Mass...Nebraska..the blood bath continues

    January 18, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    This says good things about Nebraska voters, especially in comparison to what I thought about them after Senator Nelson sold Harry Reid his vote on the Senate bill. He is obviously not representing them in his actions and it's good to see that they are holding him accountable.

    January 18, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. wait a minute

    It is great that Democrats want to reform our health care, but these special deals to please a single group of voters are turning our health care system into even more fragmented systems in the whole country, which will raise health care costs.

    We should make the reform really simple and easy to understand and control against run-away wastes.

    That is nothing but Universal Health Care, which has been implemented in developed countries around the world.

    January 18, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. Steve (the real one)

    Maybe now (I doubt it) liberals understand most Amereicans do not want nor appreciate the lies, nor the closed door, back room secret deals with the unions. There should have been NO WAY the unions had this access to our money or law makers in the first place! Laugh it up now liberals. Laugh it up all the way to the unemployment line! Nelson is at less than a 50% approval rate? No suprise here! The secret is he is not the only one!

    January 18, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  12. Scott

    I do not think this current government cares about the will of the people. Naive self centered people put this group in office. Now you have a group of naive self centered leaders not listening to the voice of the people. Most who voted do not even understand that european socialism is not good at all. I was not a fan of Bush. I am not a fan of obama. We need TRUE conservatism. Remember, those who think the clinton years were good need to remember he had a republican controlled congress. Hopefully we will get that balance in 2010. Otherwise socailism here we come, VERY DEPRESSINGLY SAD. Wake up my fellow american.

    January 18, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. bill

    so exactly when is the democrat party ie the liberal progressive party going to figure out that this country does not want the agenda they are trying to push?? Obama got elected because people believed his promises which are proving over and over again to be nothing but lies. The people are awake, they see the mistake they made, they are telling the government what they dont like or want yet Obama and his minions just refuse to listen or maybe more accurate refuse to accept Obama is not a liberal country...its conservative!! bye bye dems who support this crappy policies that are being forced down our throats.

    January 18, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  14. Matt

    Nebraska doesn't want a Government Health Care Takover.

    America doesn't want a Government Health Care Takover.

    Ben Nelson chose to side with Obama instead of the people of Nebraska, and we will make sure to send them both into retirement in 2012!

    January 18, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  15. James

    Let's hope the same happens for all Senators who vote for this garbage legislation.

    January 18, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  16. joe smith

    as mentioned before, now hiden in permalink, the democrats, need to be visiting their financial advisors..because when the dust settles, a New Contract with America will evolve..one with the interests of the American people front and center..not AIG, not Citicorp, not Bank of America, and certainly not the Fed..constitutionalsts will finally step up..and Foreign ownership of our great Nation will be confronted..the tea party people are not all wrong..but the left is out of control..so, retirement is the order of the day for many of these tax, and spent buffoons..

    January 18, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. Aunt Bea and Opie

    500 people who work for the death assurance companies in that state?Bens bags are full of money already,now all he has to do is find an island where he can hide it from being taxed.hahaha

    January 18, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. Monster Zero

    Wow, funny how an economic depression puts the everyday citizens focus on the rampant corruption in our highest public offices. The crooks in DC have been taking taxpayer money for so long without retribution it became everyday business as usual. Guess when the tax cauffer's are empty and the bureaucrat lawyers have all filled their pockets with our money they all run like cockroaches in the light!

    January 18, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. Mark

    Typical of Washingtons refusal to listen to the constintuents. His state does not want this but he is voting for it anyway. Vote him out. Vote them all out.

    January 18, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  20. emmett brown

    Not another Poll....... Is anyone polling the millions of American without insurance that this will help.......

    January 18, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. "No one gets to walk between the rain." (Quote from Bob Seger); Randall in Torrance, CA (with two Master's Degrees from WWU)

    shows how sToOpiD Nebraskans are. They obviously give Jarge Bush high ratings for wrecking America and driving us into the ditch of no return. Nelson should get a medal for voting for health care reform, but these hicks from Nebraska are brainwashed zombie loyalist troopers in the fight against themselves and the middle class. Thank God I've never stepped foot in that piss hole of a state. I guess to visit there you first have to get shots and a passport. Hey Nebraska GOP – you are retarded. Stop getting too close to the sheep on your ranches – we have enough trouble with the inbred GOP elsewhere. Don't make your species worse than they already are.

    January 18, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. Big Mowma

    And how many people, citizens and Sen. Ben Nelson included, know what is actually in the bill? I'm not criticizing the citizens of NE and tend more to criticize our politicians where ever and when ever possible, but most of what I've seen of the healthcare bill is propaganda and fear mongering. CNN would do well to be the first news site to actually spell it out for us, let us know what is in the bill without filtering it! There's a challenge!!

    January 18, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. chuck

    Why in the world a middle class person would EVER vote Republican is beyond me. But, they will.

    It does not matter that the Republicans have never passed a single bit of legislation to help the middle class.

    January 18, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. Charlie in Maine

    Thank you Sen Nelson for putting the needs of the nation first. Maybe if the GOP would do that once in a while our country would be better off.

    The last ime that the GOP stood up to a vested interest in favor of the people they called ot the Emancipation Proclamation.

    January 18, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. cmoore

    He's going home in Nobember

    January 18, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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