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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soundoff (237 Responses)
  1. too bad

    This is the kind of sacrifice that politicians need to make in order to do the right thing. Health care is worth it. Human beings deserve health care.

    January 18, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. jane

    What is amazing is that they disapprove because he voted for much needed health insurance reform and not because he had to be bribed to do so. That says as much about Nebraskans as it does about Nelson.

    January 18, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. Johnny DC

    It doesn't matter what the constituents want. They're only millions of people.

    All that matters is what Obama wants.

    January 18, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    oh no................

    the chickens are coming home to roost

    January 18, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    It's got to getting obvious even to lackwits like Pelosi and Reid that cramming their health care entitlement program down the throats of Americans who, more and more, are saying they don't want it, will be political suicide for the Democratic Party.

    Tyranny has never gone over well with Americans, and every member of Congress who votes for a measure a majority of the people do not want is betraying the country and its citizens.

    January 18, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. Michael

    I am tired of your untimely stupid polls CNN, your just trying to manipulate opinions and votes. Why is controversy your only source of pride in your reporting! I used to really respect your analysis, reporting and conclusions. But, now everything is based on level of controversy that can be injected or sensationalism! This conservative right and extreme right propaganda being voiced in a mirad of ways directly, indirectly and subliminally is poisoning. WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO NON BIASED, NON SUBJECTIVE, BALANCED, AND HONEST REPORTING WITHOUT A HIDDEN AGENDA! YOU AND FOX NEWS ARE TWO PEAS IN A POD!

    January 18, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. Obama reads his lies, unions thrive, gov't grows, national debt grows, with our freedoms and economic private sector engine taken away from us.

    When are the so called moderates of the Democrat party going to realize that Obama's policies are toxic and the healthcare plan is not what WE WANT. Just look at what is happenning in the most liberal of liberal states and they can't even get a Democrat to win in what should be a walk in the park for the Democrats. The American people see what Obama and his Chicago style of politics is all about and we are sick of it!!!!!

    January 18, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. phillip Marlowe

    Brave vote, but senior white people are happy with their socialized medicine we all pay for, i.e. medicaid, social security etc, but they don't want anyone else to have at it. We will give millions to Haiti, but tot hell with our uninsured.

    January 18, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Serves him right. having to check with anyone who has do to with religion on any issue that he has to vote on is plenty of reason for him to lose his seat.

    January 18, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. Anna

    Just knowing that over 30 millions fellow Americans don't have access to health care except in case of emergencies would make me vote for any health care reform that guarantees universal coverage. Are so many people so selfish? I cannot wrap my head around our current system, guaranteeing decent health care to all seems to me such a pillar of any advanced society. If I were asked to spend a few hundred dollars a year to guarantee that every one had coverage, of course I would pledge!
    A lot of Americans respond to calls for help when other people are struck by tragedy, why many don't respond to the call for universal health care? Is it selfishness? is it fear-causing manipulation by those who profit enormously under the current system?

    January 18, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. JS

    I just don't get it. Why are Americans against
    1) extending health benefits to more of their fellow citizens
    2) trying to reduce the systemic cost
    3) saving money on existing structural costs
    The plan ain't great or what I'd really want, but it aims to do the above 3 things.
    Is it that Americans have ceased to be a nation of progress? We don't build anything anymore, we are the bottom or lower on most measures of development of all developed nations and we're unequivocally trending down.
    All trends endogenous to a period dominated by a conservative swing in politics and society.

    If Obama and the Dems cannot take us forward, it's over. We'll be permanently second rate.

    We have lost our "CAN DO" and entered into a period of conservatism and not progressivism.

    January 18, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. DA

    here is another democratic idiot!!! he should have went with his party and not try to make a name for himself. the democrats are their own worst enemy!! idiots!!!
    i don't understand why they don't understand if you have the upper hand in both houses of congress...USE IT!! MAKE CHANGE!! If the GOP win the majority in november you can rest assure they will be making the democrats and the people pay dearly!!!

    January 18, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  13. Bye bye bribe taker.........

    start looking for a new job Ben....you sold out your constituents and now you will pay........

    January 18, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. Joe

    Are all politicians so slow that the message has to be shoved up their kazoo before they really, really get it? It's happening all over the country. We all wanted "change". But not this change. We disagree with this power grab for our freedoms and our possessions. And now in the health care tax the "elite" are exempt. (Government Workers and Union Workers.) "Change" IS on the way.

    January 18, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. Orange Curtain, CA

    Nelson needs to make up his mind. Putting the proverbial finger to wind and trying to appease his right-wing constituency while claiming to be a "D" just isn't going to get you very far. Maybe the other wishy-washy Democrats will learn their lesson.

    January 18, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. Tom from Canonsburg

    Most people that are against the Health Care reform do not understand that history will repeat itself and the working class will suffer if this is not passed. It may not be perfect, but it is surely better than nothing passed. Again the insurance companies are paying out hundreds of millions to stop any reform to an already corrupt system. Teddy Roosevelt (R-NY) over a hundred years ago was the first to try to reform this system. He and everyone since who tried to make changes was foiled by these powerful companies. Without change the general public will see less & less support from their existing policies for more & more cost.

    January 18, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  17. JS

    I see a lot of so-called conservatives, libertarians, et al. here squawking about not voting the way his consitutuents want.
    All people get the government they deserve.
    Nebraskans are against:
    1) More Americans getting affordable care
    2) Lowering the costs in the system
    3) Stopping insurance companies from cherry picking and capping coverage
    4) Improving quality of delivery and care

    Nice folks, those Nebraskans.

    January 18, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. ran

    Good. Now maybe the state can vote in a true Democrat.

    The GOP is in for a rude wakening in 2010 and 2012 regardless of the outcome in Ma. Tuesday because the people do not want to go back to grid lock again and the fear/hate/obstructionist/purist ways of the GOP is not going to work again.

    January 18, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Hey Randall in Torrance - yeah, you with the two degrees. You epitomize the arrogant condescenion that's bringing down the Dems in Massachusetts.

    January 18, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    I don't think people realize the significance on the Blue Dogs. They are really in a tough hole and yes, there are Democras who are also conservative as well. They believe in Democracy and in questioning their Government, but in the expense of ethics and morals. Is a balance let's say.

    Blue Dogs have it tough, they have it really tough.

    January 18, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. Nancy

    Those who are calling the current bills before congress "Universal Health Care for all" need to remember that even the Democrats have admitted that these bills will not cover everyone.

    January 18, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  22. Joe

    He is next to go. The height of arrogance to think that he knows better then the people who put him into power.

    January 18, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  23. Dex, Houston TX

    Is this really the poll of the American people if so, then I declare this is the United States of Idiots! Of course I don't mean that, I'm sure this is just the media's way of creating the news instead of reporting the actual news.


    January 18, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  24. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Don't you just love the libertard who feels it necessary to demean and degrade the voters of Nebraska by calling them "hicks" and those other horrible comments. Are you hearing those liberals America, they demean and degrade you in horrible terms if you disagree with them. Is that they folks you want running this country? According to them people who don't pay some fat cat union boss to do their thinking for them is stooopid.

    January 18, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. jeff jackson, alabama

    Golly..Gee...What an unexpected surprise.
    The majority of people these representatives
    are suppose to represent didn't like the pit
    falls in the health care plan.But that doesn't
    matter. That's not what being a democratic
    representative is all about.

    January 18, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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