(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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