August 27th, 2010
02:30 PM ET
4 years ago

Buyer's remorse for Angle?

Two-thirds of Angle supporters say they wish she wasn't the GOP nominee.
Two-thirds of Angle supporters say they wish she wasn't the GOP nominee.

(CNN) – When it comes to picking the Republican Senate nominee in Nevada, it appears the great majority of Republican voters there want a mulligan.

According to a new Las Vegas Review-Journal/8NewsNow poll, 2 in 3 self-identified supporters of Republican candidate Sharron Angle say they wish another Republican was on top of the ticket instead. Only 24 percent of Angle supporters express approval she won the nomination.

Angle, a favorite of the Tea Party movement, captured the nomination on June 8, besting establishment favorite Sue Lowden and businessman Danny Tarkanian, as well as several other Republicans, in a race that grew increasingly bitter in the final days.

Incumbent and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has since sought to portray the former state legislator as an extremist and political neophyte unfit for the United States Senate. Angle has also faced a series of setbacks since winning the nomination, including several awkward attempts to avoid media interviews.

Still, a recent Mason Dixon poll shows the embattled Reid neck and neck with Angle, holding a statistically insignificant 1-point lead, 45-44 percent.

But while 5 percent of Nevadans say they remain undecided, the survey suggests more are leaning towards Reid. Eight in 10 undecided voters say they wish Angle wasn't the GOP nominee while 58 percent express a similar sentiment about Reid.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal/8News Now poll surveyed 625 registered voters Monday through Wednesday of this week and carries a sampling error of plus or minus 4 percent.


Filed under: Harry Reid • Nevada • Sharron Angle
soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. malabar

    Who cares? its nevada. lose lose situation

    August 27, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  2. HMS

    The poll is not hard to understand. There is/was a strong anti-incumbent sentiment in Nevada, and the attitude was "Anyone, but Harry Reid". The voters, however, since then realized that anyone is just too broad a statement, when it includes Sharron Angle. Her interviews on Fox News and Face to Face (NV local channel) showed how she is actually more out of touch and more incompetent than Harry Reid, and people who supported her thought that wasn't possible.

    August 27, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. BeverlyNC

    As we get closer to November I think most Republicans are going to be horrified by the reality of their nutjob candidates. Angle is just one, You have Rand Paul. You have Ben Quayle, You still have the always dangerous Michele Bachmann who hopefully the people of MN will kick to the curb.

    Democrats have the common sense candidates who have worked hard all year to restore America and hellp working Americans. If we keep the Majorty and increase it we will be able to finish agenda Republicans have been blocking – like real immigration reform, repeal of don't ask/don't tell, more troops brought home from the Bush wars, new energy technology growth, more 'Made in America' manufacturing jobs brought back to US workers, protection of Social Security and Medicare (that Republicans have made clear they want to eliminate), and continued focus on the people,

    With Republicans you will get NOTHING. They want to destroy America – eliminate Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment benefits, the Dept of Education, College Loan Funding, and all govt programs most Americans depend upon. We will be taken right back to corrupt Wall St banking, corrupt oil companies regulating themselves, no consumer protections on anything, and repeal of the healthcare law that is already helping millions of Americans.

    Use your vote wisely. We need to keep moving forward with Democratic ideas and delivered solutions that have turned America's economy around, created jobs, saved the auto industry, helped stop foreclosure of homes, and FINALLY got the combat troops out of Iraq as promised. Democrats are working FOR America, Republicans are working AGAINST it. All they talk about is hate, fear, and targeting of Hispanics and Muslims that has resulted in real violence.

    It;s time to end the Republican Party of Hate and get more positive, progressive, people-focused Democrats back in office.

    August 27, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. jeff jackson, alabama

    Same type thing happened in the last
    Presidential election.
    Most Republicans wanted Palin on the top
    of the ticket.
    I personally cut McCain's name off the top of
    my campaign sign in my yard and off my car
    sticker.
    The irony is that liberals blame her for the
    Republican defeat when in fact, had she been
    on top the ticket would have won.
    Case in point, a young Obama won with an old
    fart as a running mate.
    Next time Palin just needs to find an old
    Washington dinosaur as a v.p. running mate and
    the Republicans win BIG !!!

    August 27, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. Julie

    I have a feeling we'll be seeing a lot more of this "buyer's remorse" sentiment in other regions as the elections draw closer. It will be interesting to see who takes responsibility for selecting these candidates and who will deny responsibility because "we didn't know". Unfortunately it's going to be a bleak outlook for the American people.

    August 27, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. barry

    It would be better to have Charles Manson than another term with Harry Reid. Now don't you feel better about Sharron.

    August 27, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. Drew, FL

    She makes a solid case for voting the person and not the party. I've voted Republican in the past (Pre-Clinton), but this Republican Party has too much in common with the fascist regimes of the 20th century. I hate to think that good Republican voters would give this woman power simply because she identifies herself as a Republican. Scary times.

    August 27, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. Jamie from Riverside

    Have you ever seen this woman in a TV interview?
    She's completely nuts.

    August 27, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. Roscoe

    God help us if we put these tea baggers in power.

    August 27, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. KAZPORT

    Proof is in the pudding!! All these numbers are meaningless. After Harrys Reid underhanded sneaky slimey tactics this year with the Stimulus bill, behind closed doors, not reading the bills he deserves the BIG BOOT

    August 27, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Americans, be smart. Do your own research on people before you vote and stop depending on what you hear from someone else who is less informed than you, like Palin.

    August 27, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. Angela

    A vote for Angle is another blow in the dumbing down of the US.

    August 27, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. Annie, Atlanta

    For those of us who have at least half a mind, and actually pay attention to what's going on, we saw her coming from a mile away. Pay attention America, or we all wind up getting representation that does not represent us (and who may not even be emotionally stable), I'm begging you. There's a lot more out there where she came from. Do the research before you vote. Please!

    August 27, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. SMS Meyer Ret

    Sounds like a attack ad for the DNC just like the Palin ads.
    The way some people talk about woman running for office is wrong.

    August 27, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. Grog in Ohio

    It would be quite interesting to poll what the Kentucky Republican voters now think of their tea bagger candidate too.

    August 27, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. carlos

    that woman is a comatose iliterate........go ahead nevadans vote for her and your state unemployment will be triple of what it is now, be very careful...........right now there is voters remorse in NJ and Virginia, why??? you ask...see for yourselves

    August 27, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Sorry, Republicans, no mulligans on your primary pick. You decided you wanted this right-wing nut, who is proving an embarrassment to your State and Party. Next time, remember her voting record in the legislature and don't listen to Sarah the Quitter!

    August 27, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. Marie MD

    It has to be the desert sun! Potato(e) man's son except he will fit in nicely with the "family values" crowd if he ever makes it to DC. Nothing says rethug mroe than a porn site.
    That being said, this woman IS crazy. She makes absolutely no sense. She speaks as if she is high on something and her mantra of $25 to whatever her website is got old pretty quick. That is all she ever "answered" when ask any question.
    I hope the people of NV are smarter than this. At least with Reid you know what you are getting. This woman want to do away with SS and Medicate. I bet a lot of folks in NV are retirees!

    August 27, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. Scott

    Angle is an idiot, and the Nevada Republicans blew their chance to take out Reid. They had him on the ropes, and instead of a knockout punch to Reid, the Nevada GOP gave itself a knockout punch. IIcredibly stupid.

    Nevada Republicans can take comfort that they are not alone, however. The KY GOP gave the Senate nod to Ron Paul's son, Alaska just booted an incumbent GOP senator, Utalh did the same, and Colorado and Florida Republicans probably just handed the governor's mansions to Democrats. Unbelievable.

    August 27, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. Peter M

    She is an unhinged extremist; divisve and unqualified to be a senator. She is also a crook.

    August 27, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. DIANA

    That's what happens when they have a choice between a chicken lady and somebody who thinks social security should be privatized. They choose now to read the fine print on what she stands for.

    I love the winners, (sarcasism) the Republicans have picked this season.

    August 27, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  22. SA in OO

    This is what happens when the voters choose to make a statement by voting for a candidate who gives voice to their personal prejudices in the primary, only to realize this probably isn't someone who could actually do the hard work of representing their interests in the legislature.

    IF you want to make a statement, buy a bumper sticker or a T-shirt, or make a poster that expresses your hot button prejudices for all to see. It can be as outrageous and ill thought out as some of Andle's comments. THEN vote for someone who can actually govern.

    August 27, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  23. Charles W. Skinner

    Oh you've got to be kidding me. This is your standard "push" poll attempting to masquerade as news. Come back and report on it when the margin of error isn't +/- 4 for crying out loud. Anything greater than +/-2.5 is COMPLETELY useless in terms of determining if the population is for or against someone.

    This isn't news, CNN. This is a sad, pathetic attempt by somebody in the Reid campaign to try to smear Angle as unpopular. It won't work, and will likely backfire as the Angle supporters get even MORE worked up to vote in November.

    August 27, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  24. Steve, New York City

    I don't know a great deal about Angle, but she seems like an extremist.

    George Bush '43 said that "decent people can disagree on abortion" (and I think that's one of the smartest things the former president ever said).

    But how can anyone not make an exception in the case that a woman is forcibly raped?
    A violent rapist is nothing but a DISGUSTING ANIMAL, a filthy "waste of space" that does not deserve the right to propagate (or "force" his propagation on an innocent woman). Chemical castration for such offenders would not be a bad idea (and actually, capital punishment wouldn't be a bad idea either) . . .therefore, it seems to be that only an EXTREMELY deranged person (a woman nonetheless) would force victims of forcible rape to bear children conceived under criminal circumstances.

    August 27, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. ETM

    What a surprise. Even the Republicans do not want this teabagger crackpot in office. Go Harry! At least he is sane.

    August 27, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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