August 3rd, 2010
05:20 PM ET
4 years ago

Poll: Nevada Republicans more energized than Democrats

 A new poll indicates that Republican voters in Nevada are more energized than their Democratic counterparts.
A new poll indicates that Republican voters in Nevada are more energized than their Democratic counterparts.

(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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Filed under: Harry Reid • Nevada • Poll • Sharron Angle
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. gt

    reid is the most hated man in america,,,no way people from nevada are that nuts...

    August 3, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  2. Minnesota

    Please vote for Harry Nevada so you can replace our state as the dumbest human beings alive!! Thanks for your help!!!

    August 3, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  3. maliheh

    i believe harry reid will win in november

    August 3, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. Remi

    Reid is a despicable man. I would vote for the devil himself before I ever voted for Reid again. He represents everything bad in American politics: ethically challeged, arrogant, rude, condescending, deceptive & outright the biggest mud slinger in the Senate. I wish nothing but the worst for the man...

    August 3, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    Nevada voters are smart enough to keep Harry Reid out of the Federal government. The rest of America is counting on it. We will be paying for his poor decisions and back room deals for decades. All of us ( except the large unions, of course ). Enough already.

    August 3, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. Augsbee

    Maybe they are realizing that Harry Reid is way to old school, old thinking, old style habits and that won't carry Nevada into the future which is very competitive now. I would have love to see younger candidates running that could bring about an excitement to make Nevada a very productive technology state.

    August 3, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. floridian

    " Ipsos pollster Julia Clark. "I think this one will go down to the wire and it will absolutely depend on turnout."

    Is that 'Chicago' style turnout? Like the dead resurrecting? Or Acorn-like multiple votes? Or non-resident college kids voting? Hopefully, like the international community does in other nations around the world, there will be non-biased poll watchers (without batons and military-style uniforms) at each and every polling station in Nevada on election day. Likewise, hopefully, every single absentee ballot will be counted, particularly those from the military members.

    August 3, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  8. jim germann

    reuters is an incredibly biased organization. ppp is another really biased poll. This is basically a dead heat, and the only reason reid has a chance, is that angle is an awful candidate. you notice how cnn doesnt talk about the gallup poll shows 44% of republicans are very motivated,and only 22% of democrats are. 48% favor electing reps,43% dems. also, the gallup poll now has obama at just 41% approval, CNN obviously doesnt want to broadcast that.

    August 3, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  9. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    Regarding, '...Republican voters in the state are more energized...' So what? Did anyone ever think that the more reserved, silent and reasonable majority have been observing what is happenning in the political world around them? These people are much more restrained and not so vocal, it is part of thier nature to be as such. These people don't participate as much in polls. These people use cell phones and not land lines. And what about those people who have lost or are losing their homes? What goes first? The cell phone or the land line. What about the people who are unemployed or under-employed? What's it going to take these depressed people to get energized? These days, the poll taking method is flawed. These people need to be included as well. And this is important.

    August 3, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  10. snow

    You would have to be a flaming liberal idiot to vote for reid.

    August 3, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  11. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    "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."

    Do Nevadans understand that the WHOLE country just missed getting sucked into a depression, caused by the unfettered power that [R]s enjoyed in our federal gov't from 2000-2006? Do Nevadans understand that a big reason we are not currently in a depression is the very policies from Obama and Reid that many of them now do not support? The stupidy is mind-boggling......where does it come from?....and then we read....

    "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"

    Ahhhaaa! That explains 90% of the stupidy right there!!!!

    August 3, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  12. Peter s

    Do we really realize that, the more wackos we send to the senate the more we loose competitive advantage as a Nation? these people are sent to make policies which moves forward this Nation but if they make wrong choices it affects all of us regardless whether you live in Nevada or New York!!

    August 3, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  13. Liz the First

    If the Democrats in Nevada stay home from the polls because they're not 'excited,' they ought to be horsewhipped! voting isn't a sport or a leisure activity or a game, it's our duty. and with the country just recovering from a devastating 8-year period under an incompetent usurper and now being guided by a capable, intelligent president back onto the path to peace and prosperity, (where it was before the usurper grabbed power) now is not the time to stay home. now is the time to keep every ally the president has and get rid of as many of his adversaries as possible so the progress (NOT a bad word!) can continue. don't pull the firemen off the fire because they haven't put it out in 5 minutes!!!

    August 3, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  14. ib

    I'm not happy with Angle but anybody would be better than Reid.

    August 3, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  15. NAM VET

    Would that all of us could vote on all senators regardless of our state
    of origin. We would definitly have a real voice in government.

    August 3, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  16. Dean

    Congress has about a 12% approval rating and the biggest do-nothing is Harry Reid. To even suggest that he has a chance for re-election says a lot about the American voter. You keep doing the same thing and you are going to keep getting the same results. Nevada you deserve Harry Reid and Obama.

    August 3, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  17. jim

    Harry Reid is one of those politicians that thinks the American people are stupid.Congress has been controlled since 2006 by dems and since 2009 both Congress and the presidentcy has been in their control.The time for real change is now.If you think the country is moving in the right direction than by all means vote Harrry back.If on the other hand you think the economy is in the toilet without things loking to get better give Harry his pink slip and let him stand in the unemployment line for a change !!!!

    August 3, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  18. Indy

    As usual the Republicans are fired up now, but when it really counts in the voting booths, the Dems will be there and will do the right thing and vote Democrat. The Republicans are always fired up before the actual voting and the Dems are more like sleeping giants that will be out in full force to vote.

    August 3, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  19. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Nevada Republicans are like a big steaming pile of energized crap....

    August 3, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  20. CanadaOne

    Weren't the republicans in power for eight long years?

    Didn't they bring down America? – right down to its knees?

    And you would vote republican?

    STUPID! – REAL STUPID!

    August 3, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  21. Kevin in Ohio

    If we get rid of King Harry, we'll be 1/3 of the way toward curing the disaster this reighn of terror has created.

    August 3, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  22. Rachael

    Every Democrat needs to get out and vote to make sure this Angle woman doesn't get into office.....so get off your butts and cast your vote to show this woman and the Tea Baggers that we do not want any part of their Hate and Stupid idiots that they are promoting......

    August 3, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  23. November

    Harry Reid has to have the beadiest eyes in all of Congress. But then he is half rat.

    August 3, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  24. Not fooled

    OMG-- People of Nevada-- this lady cannot even answer questions. She wants the media to be her friend? She wants them to ask only questions she wants them to ask? -Plain and simple this lady is an idiot! Sounds like Sarah Palin. She won't get in front of Journalists either. People Wake up! Is this who you want to run this government? Do you think this country will be better with these idiots running it? If you think we are in bad shape now what will the country be like in the next couple of years with leadership like this? Wake Up!!!!

    August 3, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  25. Donnatella

    I just saw that idiot Sharon Angle on Fox News, she actually asked for scripted interviews, even the guy at Fox was looking at her like she was crazy. If Harry loses to this idiot, he should retire from politics and never show his face again. If the people in Nevada elect this stupid woman they deserve what they get, ain't that much tea in the world.

    August 3, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
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