September 13th, 2010
10:30 AM ET
4 years ago

Poll: Still Deadlocked between Reid & Angle

 A new poll indicates the Nevade Senate race between Harry Reid and Sharron Angle is deadlocked.
A new poll indicates the Nevade Senate race between Harry Reid and Sharron Angle is deadlocked.

(CNN) - Weeks of attack ads from both sides don't appear to have made a dent in the campaign battle in Nevada between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican challenger Sharron Angle.

A new poll indicates that the race between the top Democrat in the Senate and Republican candidate backed by many in the Tea Party movement remains deadlocked. According to a Mason Dixon Polling and Research survey for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and 8NewsNow out Sunday, 46 percent of likely Nevada voters back Reid, with 44 percent supporting Angle. Reid's two point advantage is well within the survey's sampling error. Six percent are undecided and three percent say they are backing neither candidate.

Most non-partisan polls conducted since mid July have suggested that the race is tied up.

Among crucial independent voters, the survey indicates Angle leads Reid 42 to 33 percent, with 11 percent undecided.

In a state that leads the nation in unemployment (14.3 percent) and record home foreclosure and bankruptcy rates, it's no surprise that the survey indicates that the economy by (72 percent) far remains the top issue with Nevada voters. According to the poll, Nevada voters are divided on who's the blame for the economic mess, with 43 percent saying President Barack Obama and the Democrats get the blame and 42 percent blaming former President George W. Bush and the Republicans.

Slightly more than half questioned say allowing private businesses to create jobs by decreasing government regulations and taxes is the best way to pump up the economy, with 34 saying that having the government fund new jobs programs, provide more affordable health care and regulate big business and the financial industry from abusing consumers is the best way to go.

"This gives Angle another hammer to hit Reid with," Mason-Dixon pollster Brad Coker tells the Review-Journal. "What's interesting is, independents are buying her economic argument by large margins. I think they would be backing her even more if she didn't have all the baggage that's giving some people pause."

Fifty-two percent of those questioned say they view Reid unfavorably, relatively unchanged from past surveys, with 41 percent seeing the four-term Democratic senator in a positive light.

Despite a barrage of political ads that paint Angle as outside the mainstream and too extreme, her favorable rating is up three points to 35 percent. However, Angle's unfavorable rating is also up three points, to 46 percent.

The Mason-Dixon poll was conducted September 7-10, with 625 likely voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

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Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Polls • Sharron Angle
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Donkey Party

    Amazing that arguably the worst candidate in political history (except Palin), can even be anywhere close to Reid in the polls. Just goes to show how incredibly stupid Nevada voters and Americans in general are.

    September 13, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. Marry

    It is absolutely unbelievable how anybody could possibly vote for a candidate such as Sharron Angel. What else does Ms. Angel have to say to you voters in order to finally be unacceptable? Has she not said already enough for you to know that she will not do anything for you – on the contrary, that she will take away what you desperately need?

    September 13, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    How can any intelligent person, seriously consider keeping Reid in Congress????

    That would be incredible!

    September 13, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. Adalbert

    Angle is an incompetent right wing fanatic. She is not even remotely qualified to be to be a janitor in the senate. Her appeal is mostly to those who believe in fairy tales. Unfortunately, we have more than our share of ignorant people in this country. Many of them are dangerous right wing and religious fanatics with ideas from the middle ages with twisted and outdated views on just about everything.

    September 13, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. KMAN821

    It’s absolutely amazing even for Republicans that a brain-dead Neanderthal like Sharon Angle could find any support for any elected position ... just goes to show how stupid conservatives in Arizona really are. But on the other hand they keep returning the King of Flip Flops … John (The Unprincipled) McCain who will say anything to get elected!

    September 13, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. Still unemployed in Las Vegas

    I have lived in Las Vegas all of my life and I can tell you one thing that is for sure. Harry Reid is finished. Nevada has the highest foreclosure rate in the nation, the highest unemployment rate in the nation, one of the highest violent crime rates in the nation, one of the highest illegal alien population in the nation, one of the lowest average salaries in the nation. Harry Reid has been in office a long time and these are the things he has accomplished for the people of Nevada. Harry Reid is finished.

    September 13, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  7. Robert

    I'm a liberal who's not very impressed with Reid's leadership, but anyone who votes for Sharron Angle is a glutton for punishment. That's a vote you would have to live with for years, and I'm pretty sure you'd be regretting it within the first few months. She's a loon. Reid isn't perfect by a long shot, but agree or disagree with him, he's not certifiably insane.

    September 13, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  8. William Jefferson

    How amazingly stupid are these people who would support angle? That woman can't make it through a simple press conference or a simple debate without crashing and burning. She thinks the elderly are leeches because they collect social security, that we should have a "2nd Amendment solution" to getting people she doesn't like outof congress...seriously? This woman makes palin look like an erudite and seasoned political leader.

    September 13, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. Dave

    If you vote for Angle, you get what you deserve. Better the devil you know, than the devil you don't

    September 13, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  10. jen

    Dear CNN,you've should go in the Communist Country to understand what Mr.Obama wants to do with America.I am a democrat since I was 19 years old. My dream to come in America it was my cause of Democracy and I am scared how "You Repoters Lied Amercans People" you've should not take aside. just do your job as a reporters.

    September 13, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. cjg

    Although Reid is not my favortite Senate majority leader , at least we know what we are getting....with Angle she has shown on several occasions what we will get if she goes to Washington.. It will not be pretty!
    Remember "The old saying a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush"

    September 13, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  12. Steve- Illinois

    So the Dem Senate Majority leader is deadlocked in the polls running against an "extreme nutcase." (according to libs) If the Dems don't smell trouble brewing in November, then you have no nose!

    September 13, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. DIANA

    I can't believe they would even consider voiting for that nutcase Angle. What's wrong with this country?!

    I'm from California and I heard there's a dead heat between Brown and Whitman. I though we were to smart to be bought like a trinket from EBAY. The good news – all of the negative ads that Whitman bought against Brown aren't working.

    September 13, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. Jasmin-NY

    Prince Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi ! YOU ARE FIRED on NOV. 2, 2010.

    September 13, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. Marty, FL

    While may not be the biggest fan, I would vote for Reid in a heartbeat if the alternative was the crazy extremes of Angle–returning to prohibition outlawing alchohol, forcing rape victims to carry to term, ending SS, etc. Get real, no way.

    September 13, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. Ron in Califonia

    I'd like nothing bette than to see "the war is lost" Harry Reid lose his war for reelection. Time to retire Harry.

    September 13, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  17. Cecil Jones

    As a Nevada voter, I think it's strange that nobody ever asked my opinion. I think it's also strange that the media makes more money when the race is super close. Sharron Angle has no chance of being elected in Nevada. Her positions are so far outside the mainstream that she makes a tarnished Harry Reid look good. Keeping the race close permits the media to profit whereas the politicians are forced to pay for more negative ads. As I see it, Harry doesn't have to pay another dime. He's not going to change anyone's mind that doesn't like him and he can't make Sharron look any more unappealing. The race is over. Harry wins by default.

    September 13, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  18. Dave Harris

    I would not have thought that 50% of Nevada voters want to give up their Medicare and Social Security and turn their state into the world's toxic nuclear waste dump (both positions promoted by Angle). Maybe they deserve to get what they want.

    September 13, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  19. Bessy

    I think the people in Nevada had better wake up. Harry Reid may have some faults, but compared to that nut job Angle, he is the real best choice. She is a total whacko ! People, just look at some of the things she says that she will do ! Absolutely certifiable !

    September 13, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  20. ABM

    The clear choice is Reid but some people are just too stubborn to realize Angle is not Nevada or this country needs. Wake up and do your fact checking on this person and you will see how horrible she really is for the position.

    September 13, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  21. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    While many of us in NV aren't happy with Reid we know for sure that Angle is a nut case with extreme views on almost every subject. She even scares republicans! The only real support she has is from the far right, the so called Tea Baggers. They do not represent NV. Reid will win, period.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    September 13, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  22. Haren

    Don't forget about next door neighbor stupid gov. Jane breuer also.
    what a bunch of candidate repubilcan have?
    Direct result of too much watching of Fox news.

    September 13, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  23. bill

    get after harry.if nevada elects someone as dumb as angle.god bless america . GIVE THEM HELL HARRY.WISH I COULD VOTE IN NEVADA.

    September 13, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. Danny Cali

    Let's stay with Democratic party is the better way and better future for Americans, (VOTE FOR DEMOCRATIC).

    September 13, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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