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. dan

    emmett brown January 18th, 2010 12:27 pm ET

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

    ====

    Im without insurance.

    I DON'T WANT IT. God, I want good health care. NOT government care.

    I would rather go bankrupt.

    God, you idiots. Your more then willing to bet your financial future on a home you never could afford. See the sub mortgage crisis. Thank you scum for causing the financial melt down. And yes, IT IS YOUR FAULT But your not willing to take the same financial risks for your health. Wait, yes you are. You just want everyone else to foot the bill just like we are for your house's you could never afford.

    January 18, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. HAWK, TEXAS

    POLLS, SMOLLS, WHAT? YOU ASKED HOW MANY PEOPLE OVER THE PHONE A QUESTION. 1200? 1500. OUT OF THOUSANDS AND COME UP WITH A FIGURE. SAY YOU CALLED 1000 PEOPLE AND POLLED THEM, IT COULD BE THAT 80% OF THOSE CALLED WERE REPUBLICANS. AS YOU SAY YOURSELF THESE ARE NOT SIENTIFIC POLLS.

    January 18, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. Rick

    Anna....do you really believe conservatives don't care? It's not that we are against health care, it's that we don't agree how the democrats want to put it together. Maybe some other ideas could be considered besides public options and back room deal making. How about tort reform, interstate portability, etc.?

    January 18, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. JonDie

    Back to the Bush-Cheney years.

    January 18, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. G Holmes

    Is it selfish to expect that I am paying close to 60% of every dollar I earn in taxes and you are now telling me I am not paying enough? Are you suggesting I need to pay more. By the way, I am in this high tax bracket but am living a very meager existence. Do not dive a new car, do not have much of a savings and that is due to the fact that someone else is benefiting from my labors. If it gets much worse it would be just as practical to give up and get on the dole myself.

    Point #2, If we gave a check to each person who fits your definition of not having insurance, It would be trillions of dollars cheaper.

    Point #3, much of the trillions of dollars in spending will be financed and paid by our grandchildren, Is that selfish? transferring payment for our needs to a future generation?

    January 18, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. Greg Pottstown PA

    Good, he is a disgrace.

    January 18, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. Republicans are the American Taliban

    The voters need to elect a real Democrat to represent their true interests.

    January 18, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. Cynthia

    CNN if you print southerncousins and obama victims every word why don't you print mine? They are the most obnoxious people on the blogs. Ok CNN lets be fair.

    January 18, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. Ryan, in denver

    I say we do away with medicare and veterans benefits for a year or two and then start a fresh debate on health care. No free rides to anybody. Every elderly, indigent, patriot for themselves!!

    January 18, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. drivebyposter

    Those of you who complain about the "selfish" people who can give to Haiti but don't care about our own uninsured are being intellectually dishonest if you actually support this monstrosity of a bill!
    Any bill that claims to be "for the people" yet leaves 13-20 million of those same people STILL uninsured EVEN AFTER this thing gets passed PROVES that this has NOTHING to do with "health care" or "health insurance".
    This is about imposing your will on someone else... plain and simple.
    Funny how "right to chose" only works when it fits your agenda...

    January 18, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. HAWK, TEXAS

    ALL OF YOU PEOPLE SAYING THAT SENIORS HAVE MEDICAL INSURANCE WITH MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SERCUITY DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. I AM 71 YEARS OLD AND HAVE BOTH. IT COST ME EVERY MONTH FOR MEDICARE. AND WHEN I HAVE TO GO TO THE DOCTOR OR EMERGENCY ROOM I STILL HAVE TO PAY WHAT MEDICARE DOSEN'T COVER. THAT HAS TO COME OUT OF MY SMALL SOCIAL SERCUITY CHECK. I AM ALSO A VETERAN, TRY AND GET ANY THING OUT OF THE VETERANS HOSPITAL. GOOD LUCK. WE NEED UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE FOR EVERY ONE. ALL THE PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON HAVE IT PAID WITH OUR TAXES. BUT THE REPUBLICANS HAVE LIED AND LIED ABOUT HEALTH CARE ALL THEY CARE ABOUT IS GETTING MONEY FROM INSURANCE COMPANYS SO THEY CAN STAY IN OFFICE AND HAVE THEIR FREE INSURANCE PAID FOR BY YOU AND ME.

    January 18, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  12. File under "Sarcasm"

    Anna, get your facts straight!

    "vote for any health care reform that guarantees universal coverage" – last time I looked these bills still exclude 12-15 million citizens.

    "spend a few hundred dollars a year to guarantee that every one had coverage" – try thousands as opposed to hundreds and more if you're in the wrong state or not in a union.

    "Americans respond to calls for help " – charity begins at home not in government entitlements, special interest pork and sweetheart deals.

    January 18, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. Dave C - NJ

    America voted in FAVOR of health care overhaul when Obama won.

    You lost. Keep repeating "America doesn't want it" all you want...it doesn't make it true.

    Get over it. It will happen. Just like Social Security, Medicare, Medicade.

    January 18, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. Future expat

    I've given up. This country has become ungovernable, largely due to the GOP. The GOP has two settings: attack and profit.

    When the GOP is out of power, they are in attack mode. They will use every tool at their disposal- filibusters, impeachment, yelling- to make the Democratic Party fail so that they can return to power

    When profit mode, they will cut taxes on the rich, deregulate, start wars, and do all that they can to push as much wealth towards the richest 1%, which is the group most of them belong to.

    They will not relent. As long as the GOP exists, America will continue to decline.

    January 18, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. LA

    Good Riddance Mr. Nelson! You ignored the will of the people if your state that hired you to represent THEM, and now you will be fired by those same people. America is waking up and recognizes big Government takeover when they see it. Name one successful program the Government runs that isn't going broke or already in the red??? Big Government has trampled the Constitution for many years now, too bad it took America this long to wake up.....

    January 18, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. ED

    Of course they would, what do you expect from people of the state of Nebraska? Did you think they had brains? I mean why support something that would help you? Nebraska and the South should join together to make one idiot country.

    January 18, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. a

    I agree with Michael I use to like watching CNN not it is hard to watch you guys because the controversial true colors are showing. You need to use that same energy to get this world that you are a part of to back on track. There is more compassion shown for people outside of this country than right here. I am really, really disppointed in you guys. I think it is really shown through your ratings and you just don't want to admit it. We are sick of your supposedly polls and lies. The Republicans manipulate votes through fradulent votes.

    January 18, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  18. Greg Pottstown PA

    @ anna
    The people are not going to continue to just pay for others, we are sick of it. 300 million people in this country, 15o million file income tax return,
    43% of people that file pay no federal tax. That means that around 30% of us foot the bill for the rest of you and you call us selfish. Get your facts strait. If you should feel sorry for anyone it should be for the people that would have to foot the bill for the people that work for a living.
    Btw anyone ANYONE can go to a doctor anytime they want. Get that through your head.

    January 18, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  19. Elaine

    What do the Dems expect. They gave us hope and now give us no leadership. It is time for Obama to stop campaigning and start acting like Lyndon Johnson...we have a majority and if I can't get excited about that, it's because the majority has done noting but argue. Shame on them!

    January 18, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  20. Herb

    87% of the people in our country have health care. Wait, just wait, until your state taxes go up due to the proposed increase in Medicaid spending. All the Obama supporters, other than the African Americans, most of whom are already on Medicaid, will be howling mad !!!!

    January 18, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  21. Jim from Seattle

    How difficult it must be to rely on uneducated, braindead 'heartlanders' to decipher good governance from the barrage of deceitful soundbites from the right.

    Most of them probably think Democrats ran the country (into the ground) from 2001-2009. And Saddam was behind 9/11 attack.. and there were no terrorist attacks during the Bush years.. and, and, and
    whatever Rush, Newt and Pat said

    January 18, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  22. Wilt

    Nelson is a world class scumbag and I wish him nothing but the worst.

    January 18, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  23. Bubble of Sanity

    He's finding out when you sell your soul for a plate of beans, you can't just pretend it never happened.

    January 18, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  24. Jerry-Dallas-Tx

    Nelson should go home.He delayed this important bill so that he could be bribed.He wanted to serve his personal interest.HE SHOULD GO JUST LIKE JOE LIEBERMAN WILL.
    This country will continue to suffer another decade until leaders learn to serve above party interest. With addition of another NO from Scott Brown,wait until this recession becomes depression.

    January 18, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  25. DAVE

    Anna January 18th, 2010 12:45 pm ET

    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?
    --------------
    The problem goes way beond the heath care issue. Its the do it now before anyone can read it or can do anything about it.
    selfish? wake up, we just want it done right. if your happy with our leaders signing things they havent even read i have to question your dedication to the rest of us who you expect to provide the money for it.
    By the way it will be way more than a few hundred dollars. those of us that work hard for what we have dont like giving it to those who dont

    January 18, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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