March 1st, 2010
03:42 PM ET
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Reid's troubles continue, says poll

A new poll has Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid trailing 11 points behind his nearest Republican competitor.
A new poll has Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid trailing 11 points behind his nearest Republican competitor.

(CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid remains extremely vulnerable to a Republican challenger this November, according to a new poll.

A Mason Dixon/Las Vegas Review-Journal survey of registered Nevada voters indicates Reid losing to the leading two Republican challengers by double digits. Against state GOP chairwoman Sue Lowden, Reid faces a 52-39 percent deficit while the Nevada Democrat is down 51-40 percent against businessman Danny Tarkanian.

But Reid's fortunes may be boosted by the presence of potential Tea Party-backed candidate John Ashijian, a businessman in Las Vegas who has no political experience. According to the poll, Reid would win a three-way race that included a Tea Party candidate, garnering 36 percent of the vote compared to 32 percent for a generic Republican. The Tea Party candidate registered 18 percent.

Yet Reid's overall approval rating remains dismal, with only a third of Nevada voters giving the Senate majority leader positive reviews.

The results come after President Obama hit the campaign trail for Reid in Las Vegas, holding a town-hall meeting at a local high school and delivering a speech before the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce. The president also appeared at a high-powered fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee. But three-quarters of those polled said the president's recent appearance did not affect their view of Reid, who's fighting for 5th term in the Senate.

When it comes to the Republican primary, Lowden holds a commanding 47-29 percent lead over Tarkananian while conservative candidate Sharron Angle registers 8 percent.

The Mason Dixon/Las Vegas-Review-Journal poll questioned 625 registered voters by telephone from February 22-24 and carries an overall sampling error of 4 percentage points.


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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. AEJ

    Do not worry Mr. Reid, just pass the health care bill and you approval rating will go through the roof. November is a long time away. People will see you for wgho you are – a really hardworking politician. A month is a long time in politics, moreover November.

    March 1, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. Read the constitution

    2010 and 2012 will be record years of "throw the bumbs out". Dems can't run the country like dictators. They were voted in because the GOP had scandels, and debts...so what do the dems do??? Triple the debt and out scandel them!! What a joke.

    March 1, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. in AK

    good! reid needs to go, REAL CHANGE COMING IN NOVEMBER !!

    March 1, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. B

    Nice guy, but Impotent and forceless..

    March 1, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. Dave

    Reid needs to be primaried by another Democrat, because he's beena weak leader and an embarrassment. It'd be a shame to let another Republican into office, but Reid has been a detriment to his party.

    March 1, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. stormerF

    Time for Dingy Harry to go,He thinks he is too big to be replaced,just watch,The voters of Neveda are not fools.

    March 1, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    If Reid can push a progressive agenda in the Senate between now and election day, he'll be in good shape. He needs to endorse the public option and then he'll see his number's begin to rise.

    March 1, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Good. Get rid of Reid, Pelosi and the Dummocratic majority, and we can stop Obama's socialist agenda in it's tracks.

    March 1, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. deb0155

    To the Nevada Voters:

    Do yourselves a favor and the country – vote this arrogant left-wing, self-serving, arrogant jerk out of office in November! He and Pelosi are the epitamy of what is wrong in Washington!

    March 1, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. No More Incumbents

    Bye Harry, Bye Nancy, Bye Barney, Bye Chris, Bye Ted, Bye Charlie, and good riddance.

    March 1, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. Bmax

    Remeber the "The war is lost" speech he gave in such mournful tones? Wonder if he is preparing for his own "The election is lost" speech when he get voted out?

    March 1, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. bob

    This is great! The beginning of the end for the entrenched leaders of the party that is bringing down America. Soon Nancy and Steny and the rest of the bunch will be heading for the hills.
    Please use reconcilliation to pass obamacare! That will ensure that all of you are gone in November and then it can be repealed and we can move on to the real issue in America-jobs and the economy.

    March 1, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. Disgruntled American

    Harry Reid is a ABSOLUTE DISGRACE TO America. Completely Worthless in every aspect of his life.

    March 1, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. TruthSayer

    Though I have my political ideology, I am all in favor of every elected official who has served more than two terms to be voted out. Bring in fresh blood, fresh ideas, and a commited effort to work for America.

    March 1, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. Fair is Fair

    "Wake up people electing Republicans will only strengthen partisanship."

    Well, let's see. Electing one party will strengthen partisanship, but electing another wont?????

    This is a classic example of party-line voting. It doesn't matter who the better candidate... if they don't have the 'D' or the 'R' that I happen to like, screw them, right?

    I fear for this country.

    March 1, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  16. Marcus Tate

    @Sue – The "Tea Party" candidate doesn't have to run in or win any primary. That is only for the Democrats and Republicans. The "Tea Party" candidate would be an independent candidate, and can run in the actual election without going through any primaries – much like the Lyndon LaRouches or the Ross Perots of the word.

    March 1, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. Elizabeth

    Wow, a whopping 625 people now speak for the whole state of Nevada. Don't worry about the polls Mr. Reid just do your job and stand up for what you believe in and you should be okay. You have people that will stand behind, you but you have to give them a reason to want to come out and fight for you.

    March 1, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. Miss Independence

    Good...time for new faces in both parties.

    March 1, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  19. allan

    Tell obama for help and you will out of Senat.

    March 1, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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