January 18th, 2010
03:02 PM ET
5 years ago

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. LacrosseMom

    Wow........ I am reading these blogs and I thought I was on the Faux News blog!

    BTW Nelson IS a Democrat.

    There are so many lies being spewed by the right-wing about Healthcare!

    America, do you know that 99% of us, are ONE medical crisis away from bankruptcy? The Insurance companies are in it for the money, and the TRUTH is that they can easily deny YOU care and its legal to do so!

    January 18, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. jules sand-perkins

    If an elected politician goes against the will of those who voted for him, the people will let him know. That is what makes our system function.
    Senator Nelson is experiencing that dynamic.
    So is President Obama.
    Neither was chosen as "the best man for the job" and given permission to rule us, as if he were a benign dictator, according to his own dream of rebuilding this nation into Utopia–especially if his dream was a Marxist Utopia.

    The GOOD change is coming soon.

    January 18, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. indy

    This is what happens when you sell out! There's no other explanation for what he did. His price was met and his vote bought. He should be ousted from office in 2012.

    January 18, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. Independant Vet

    Maybe he better move to Illionois . A n finish his dirty tricks , as Chicago is know for. . They need him more than Nebraska does. Wright .

    January 18, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. LacrosseMom

    @ Obama victim:

    "Virginia..... New Jersey??????" What?! Virginia and New Jersey races were about ........ governors.

    Massachusetts is clearly a BLUE state.

    Nebraska? Don't count your chickens before the hatch.

    You FORGOT to mention the TWO WINS for Democrats that ADDED to their numbers in Congress!

    NY 23rd, that VOTED FOR A DEMOCRAT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 100 YEARS.

    And the other WIN in California, for another Democrat!

    BLOOD BATH??????? Americans are not stupid!

    January 18, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. jimbo

    Anyone or anything connected to Obama will see the bottom fall out. The work of God in saving our nation fromt those who seek to destroy it and our way of life.

    January 18, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. terry,va

    Too bad this silly idiot's term isn't up this year.

    January 18, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. File under "Sarcasm"

    "Stop being distracted by the unimportant" illustrates the current liberal Democrat philosophy when he states that "A poll of 500 people the poll hardly reflects the will of an entire state." Well, statistically it does and ignoring it because you don't agree with the result is like sticking fingers in your ears and loudly repeating nonsense phrases so you can't hear the other guy taking.

    The liberal left can ignore the facts that poll after poll is showing the majority of Americans do not want the current healthcare bills that are full of bribes and carve-outs for special interests but they officials do so at their own risk.

    January 18, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. GOPer

    Good – This d-bag has the rest of Ameria paying for health care in his state, what a rip off artist. I hope he is voted out of office for hijacking the national health care bill!

    January 18, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    How about this: double the taxes on bleeding heart liberals to pay for health care for the lazy, welfare queens, and illegals; and leave the rest of us alone.

    January 18, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  11. Michael from Ventura

    Healthcare reform is a MUST- You right-wing-nuts seem to have short memories and long tongues--–but that's not different either. Same old same old from the party that brought us this mess................

    January 18, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. terry,va

    @lacrossemom.
    Get a job, pay taxes (not the type where you actually get back more money than you pay in) and actually have some idea how the world rotates and then you can opine. The problem with most on this blog is they don't contribute, just take. No one that works and pays taxes are for socialism.

    January 18, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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