(CNN) – Voter turnout could be crucial in the battle between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his Republican challenger, Sharron Angle, and a new poll indicates that Republican voters in the state are more energized than their Democratic counterparts.
According to a Reuters/Ipsos survey of Nevada voters released Tuesday, 81 percent of Republicans say they are certain to vote on November 2, 17 points higher than the 64 percent of Democrats who say they'll vote in the midterm elections.
The poll indicates that Reid leads Angle 48 to 44 percent among likely voters. Among the larger poll of registered voters, Reid holds a 52 to 36 percent advantage.
"He (Reid) is well within her striking distance," says Ipsos pollster Julia Clark. "I think this one will go down to the wire and it will absolutely depend on turnout."
A Mason-Dixon survey conducted for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and KLAS-TV released last Friday indicated that 43 percent of Nevada voters support Reid with 42 percent backing Angle. Reid led Angle by 7 points in the previous Mason-Dixon poll, which was conducted two weeks earlier.
Reid is facing a difficult re-election as he bids this year for a fifth term in the Senate. Nevada has the highest unemployment level of any state in the nation and some of President Barack Obama's policies that Reid helped guide through the Senate are unpopular in the state.
More than seven out of ten questioned in the Reuters/Ipsos poll say that Nevada's on the wrong track.
Angle beat 12 other candidates in the June 8 GOP primary to capture her party's Senate nomination. The former Nevada state lawmaker enjoys strong support from many in the Tea Party movement.
According to the poll, one out of four Republican voters said they were more inclined to support Angle because she enjoys backing by Tea Party groups, with seven percent saying they are less likely to support Angle because of her Tea Party backing.
The survey also indicates that more than six in ten Nevada voters support their state adopting an immigration law similar to the new controversial measure adopted in Arizona.
The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted July 30-August 1, with 600 Nevada voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.
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reid may not be great but that nut job angle will be a disaster. Can not believe anyone with brains would vote for her.
They should be... Their reps have been in vacation and have done absolutely nothing for them... Republicans are disgusting...
This Obtuse Angle ... calling the unemployed "spoiled" – actually proposing massages & hot tubs for prisoners & loudly stating that creating jobs is NOT HER JOB if elected has pulled the wool over 40% of the people in Nevada? Always knew they had a lot of sheep – didn't think they were allowed to cote!
Here is a quote from Justice Brandeis from almost 80 yrs. ago. "Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government's purposes are beneficial. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding. " I believe this quote applies as much today as it did then. Extremism whether it is religious or political should be guarded against to the best of our ability. I'm sorry to say it seems that most of our leaders don't have our best interests in mind. They do have their careers in mind though. It is shameful that grandstanding for the media has become the norm. If we can't overcome this, i fear where it will lead us.
Harry Reid is no prize, but it's almost impossible to believe that any sane Nevadan would vote for Sharron Angle.
Yeah, I'll bet the Republicans are energized. They are driven by hatred for President Obama, hatred for Mexicans, hatred for everything really. Unfortunately hatred can be a serious motivator. The Democrats need to get out there right now or we will be dragged back to the dark days of the Rethug regime and seriously, I don't think we will survive another Republican administration.
I can only hope and pray that enough intelligent voters turnout to stomp on these nut case republican teabuggers that belong in an institution and not government!
How can anyone in their right mind vote for Sharron Angle? She is a bona fide nut, who won't speak to the regular press because they won't ask only the questions she wants to answer!!!! What world is she living in? As a public figure you need to speak with the public – not just a certain portion of the public. You cannot pick and choose who will question you, or what they will say. Obviously, she is too afraid her answers will make her look like the outrageous loon she is.