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. obama the liar

    cheer up Ben...the corrupt unions and blood sucking trial lawyers just LOVE you.

    January 18, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. Zach K

    Well, it wouldn't surprise me since I live in Nebraska, and Nebraska is a backwards, conservative state. Nevertheless, I prefer Nelson over backstabbing Johanns, and the three Nebraska right wing nutjobs in the House any day.

    January 18, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Of course people now oppose fixing the health care mess, and trying to provide affordable medical care for 45 million is not popular, but it is the right thing to do. Those who are not too intelligent have been bought off with the health insurance $100 million dollar media blitz, Fox News and the do nothing party. Once it is passed, people will stop being afraid, and come to their senses, and realize republicans are once again on the wrong side of history.

    January 18, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. Dean

    Obama's health care will at least accomplish one thing.......a lot less liberal democrats in Washington DC.

    January 18, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Scott January 18th, 2010 12:21 pm ET

    I do not think this current government cares about the will of the people. Naive self centered people put this group in office

    -------------------------------–

    Yeah, ok, as if the last 'government' cared about the will of the people. I also fail to see how caring for 40plus million Americans WITHOUT health insurance makes us self-centered!?! You are also confusing the actual practice of Christian principals with naivete. Nothing could be further from the truth. The millions of us that elected this President elected him on his HEALTHCARE REFORM platform. We chose the road less travelled,that of dignity, accountability, and HOPE. We were strong enough to elect him. we'll remain strong enough to help him make a difference.

    January 18, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. Steve (the real one)

    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
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    Nelson is not less than 50% because he is against what the majority of the dem caucus wants! He's less than 50% because he is pushing a piece of garbage bill that the PEOPLE are against!

    January 18, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Americans who don't have healthcare will be no better off than the people of Haiti. Think about it.

    January 18, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. Debbie

    Didn't like Nelson's grab for Nebraska's handout but I'm still for healthcare reform!

    As the more and more Americans are out of work, more and more will lose their healthcare. So you bet I'm for healthcare.

    People are afraid their taxes will go up. I think they might initially but if you don't have a job you won't be paying much in taxes. And if you don't have your health you won't be able to work anyway.

    Who's behind the push for no healthcare? People of greed. Insurance companies, drug companies, doctors, and Wall Street. Do you really think any of those people care about you? If you do you are ignorant. It's all about money. It's not about you.

    January 18, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. Ohio dude

    If I was from Nebraska, I would be embarrased. To exempt Nebraska from paying its share is totally un-patriotic. Reid is not a leader, if he allowed this type of shananigans to be played. Both of these guys, along with Pelosi needs to exit the stage, and allow forward thinking talent to emerge. We are smarter than this. The old back-slapping ways are outdated!

    January 18, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. Dean

    Anna – there is not one person in America, including illegal aliens, that does not have access to health care for things as minor as a cold.

    January 18, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. John in WV

    To those of you against health care reform. It's obvious that your against reform because of your fear that it will cost you more to keep your own health care. When health care as you want it to stay begins costing you more and some of your employers stop providing it because they can no longer afford it, don't be surprised to see the millions of us who want health care but can't afford it start having our own tea parties against you. To union members who are against reform I say this. When your on the picket line because your loosing your health care and it's costing you more than you want to pay, don't be surprised to see the millions of us without health care crossing your pickets to take your jobs and patronize your employers.

    January 18, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. A.B.

    @anna

    Yes to pretty much all of your questions, makes me sad to call myself an American....and no I will not move to somewhere else because I can just see someone saying that, under that logic, no one would be able to live with each other ANYWHERE!

    January 18, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. Nature Doc

    what is the difference in support for the house v senate health care plan?

    January 18, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. nadine

    Polls means "Sqat"!!!
    Who are you folks polling? These aging idiots getting medicare and running to the doctor over the smallest aches but don't want anyone else to have healthcare. Folks don't want freebies, people don't of being burden down with the greed. Sadly, what is and had happen to Haiti because of corruption, America has corruption and has stolen from the poor working people. I'm so sick of you corrupted corporation who pay no taxes and shipped America jobs overseas.

    January 18, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. rob

    its amazing they don't get it. we don't want healthcare pushed down our throats just because its healthcare. we want the right thing- single payer or an option. and if they can't do it , get out now

    January 18, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. Bob

    Anna, the fact of the matter is you can do a lot to address health care reform without imposing the type of burden this bill imposes. If the goal is to reduce the cost of healthcare try removing the barriers for insurance companies to compete across state line, try bringing a level of reason to frivolous law suits, deal with illegal immigrants that flood our hospitals, just to name a few. Then as healthcare costs drop, then find reasonable and humane ways to provide coverage to those that don't. One last point, stop trying to put the insane costs of this bill on small business. Help small business create jobs which in turn would provide healthcare.

    January 18, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. observer5

    How about simply cutting off '"free" health for ILLEGAL aliens, that would dramatically reduce insurance premiums and allow us to care for our own citizens.

    How's about this:
    IF YOU CROSS THE NORTH KOREAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET 12 YEARS HARD LABOR.

    IF YOU CROSS THE IRANIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU ARE DETAINED INDEFINITELY.

    IF YOU CROSS THE AFGHAN BORDER ILLEGALLY, YOU GET SHOT.

    IF YOU CROSS THE SAUDI ARABIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE JAILED.

    IF YOU CROSS THE CHINESE BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU MAY NEVER BE HEARD FROM AGAIN.

    IF YOU CROSS THE VENEZUELAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE BRANDED A SPY AND YOUR FATE WILL BE SEALED.

    IF YOU CROSS THE CUBAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE THROWN INTO POLITICAL PRISON TO ROT.

    IF YOU CROSS THE U.S. BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET
    A JOB,
    A DRIVERS LICENSE,
    SOCIAL SECURITY CARD,
    WELFARE,
    FOOD STAMPS,
    CREDIT CARDS,
    SUBSIDIZED RENT OR A LOAN TO BUY A HOUSE,
    FREE EDUCATION,
    FREE HEALTH CARE,
    A LOBBYIST IN WASHINGTON
    BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF PUBLIC DOCUMENTS PRINTED IN YOUR LANGUAGE
    THE RIGHT TO CARRY YOUR COUNTRY’S FLAG WHILE YOU PROTEST THAT YOU DON’T GET ENOUGH RESPECT
    AND, IN MANY INSTANCES, YOU CAN VOTE.

    I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE I HAD A FIRM GRASP ON THE SITUATION… (this is our taxes at work)

    WHEN DID WE TAKE LEAVE OF OUR SENSE AND LOST CONTROL OF OUR COUNTRY ????

    January 18, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. Antione Bonner of Lansing,Mi

    I get so sick of this fear and flip flopping from people its disgusting. Obama and the democrats is doing exactly what they said they would do their fighting for health care that's great. Two thumbs up for Senator Nelson I wish I could vote for him because no matter what concessions he took to vote for health care he still is voting for health care that will help the middle class. Look at all the bribes republicans took over a decade and what they voted for and how it helped the middle class open up your eyes and your mind people. We can't go back to the past we just can't and if the republicans is willing to keep us there the hell with them both the democrats and the republicans take deals but out of those deals which policies help the majority of americans think about that.

    January 18, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. Reese

    I'm a young voter, and I really don't understand why so many politicians are going against what the majority of the people want? Aren't they elected to use their experience and education to represent and forward the needs of the people that elected them?

    January 18, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. ICARE - countdown to 2011

    I think the DONKEYS should learn from the ELEPHANTS and not TAX at all and just KEEP borrowing........

    The last administration borrowed up to 5 trillion dollars... if that's not a tax increase for future generation, I dont know what is....

    People, stop yelling at Obama. You ALL brought this upon yourself when you voted ALL OUT FOR ELEPHANTS...... FOR 8 YEARS... NOW YOU EXPECT HIM TO FIX THINGS IN 8 MONTHS....

    January 18, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  21. Rob R

    Most of those in Nebraska who disagree with his vote don't disagree on the bills merit...this is anti-Obama, not anti-health care reform.

    January 18, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  22. Tom

    Once everyone has health care, internet and food provided by the US government I intend to stop working and just coast. I'll still eat pretty well and spend my time drawing or gaming or pretty much doing whatever I want. There are a lot of people out there like me that are slowly being seduced by the dems handouts even though we are currently very productive members of society. I'm an college grad and have a lucrative accounting job.

    Soon, I'll play the disability system and join the freeloaders. I don't need all of these excessive 'things' – but I also don't intend to spend my life working hard to earn a lot and have it all 'redistributed'. I used to be a hardworking conservative but forget all that now.....Go free health care! High speed internet is a human right! I deserve a free hybrid car tooplease!!!! Go Democrats Go!

    January 18, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. Steve

    Recall that Sen. Nelson got some 'unfavorable' media coverage for the deal he got through the bill for his support – might the people of Nebraska be reacting to that fact with their poll responses?

    January 18, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Is anyone surprised? Americans don't like scheming, venal, politicians who will so readily betray the people they're supposed to represent.

    January 18, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. Gop

    Excuse me Anna it is not called being selfish when the number is not 30 million uninsured. The numbers have been spin so many times no one knows what the real total of uninsured is.

    Nevertheless, my point is not about the number you point out, but the selfish point you were trying to make. Is it selfish to not want to pay for people using a service that they don’t pay for?

    If a person earns something, I feel they have every right to use it any way they like.

    They should not have their money taken from them by people like you that think the rich are nothing but your personal ATM machine to use whenever you liberals don’t want to pay for a service.

    Healthcare is not a right of any American. Never was and it never should be. Politian’s are using this as a way to get control over more Americans then ever before.

    If this bill were to pass think of the things the Government could force you to cut back or ban you from using.

    You think it’s bad now with the ban on transfat if so then just wait more bans will be coming your way soon under the guise cutting healthcare cost and making you more healthy!

    January 18, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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