May 19th, 2009
03:54 PM ET
13 years ago

Poll shows trouble for Reid

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Thirty-eight percent of respondents in a new poll said that they approve of the job Harry Reid is doing in Congress."](CNN) - As the GOP struggles to find a candidate to challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a new poll out Tuesday suggests the Nevada Democrat is extremely vulnerable 18 months before Election Day.

According to the new survey conducted by Mason-Dixon for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, only about a third of the state's voters said they would vote to re-elect Reid to a fifth Senate term, while 45 percent said they would definitely vote for another candidate. An additional 17 percent of voters say they would consider voting to oust Reid.

The poll also suggested Reid's approval rating back home stands at a meager 38 percent, while about half of Nevada voters hold a negative view toward the Senate Majority leader.

Reid has long been a divisive figure in his home state, especially since ascending to the position of majority leader in 2006.

But even though there are few more valuable Democratic targets in the Senate, the GOP has yet to find a credible candidate willing to challenge Reid, known for his take-no-prisoners style back at home.

Meanwhile Reid is raising campaign cash at an impressive clip, amassing more than $2 million in his war chest during the first quarter of the year.

Jim Manley, a spokesman for Reid, brushed aside the poll results, saying, "Sen. Reid has never put a lot of weight in polls.

"Polls by the Review-Journal are consistently out of line with other polls," Manley also said. "The primary number he's worried about is Nevada's 10.4% unemployment rate and that's why he's focused on fixing the economy and creating jobs in Nevada."

The survey interviewed 625 Nevada voters and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.

Filed under: Harry Reid
soundoff (207 Responses)
  1. James W., Columbia, MO

    Yeah...bad news though conservatives. If you had read the article you'd realize that it stated there was nobody credible to run against him. He may be replaced in the primary, but you'd still get a democrat. Plus, calm down folks, this is 18 months from now. Can we please catch our breaths for a second before jumping from election to election?

    I guess it's just more empty rhetoric from the Republican "Oh my god the world is changing and I can't handle it!" Party.

    May 19, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. James M. Holmes

    Typical CNN... Bowing down to the ever dwindling GOP... This poll means nothing and it's source is more than suspect.

    CNN, can you ever put the heat on Republicans or are you just too scared to be called "liberal media"?

    That said, I do hope Ried loses the Dem primary so someone with a backbone would take on the GOP hate machine! Pelosi has more nads! He is a wimp!

    But no worries, this seat will stay in Dem hands... The voters of Nevada know the GOP means nothing anymore but fear, hate, failure & selling out the American public so the rich get richer!

    May 19, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. Zach K

    He's not even liberal or a Democrat, just another Lieberman.

    Dick Durbin WILL be the Senate Majority Leader because he earned it and he fits his party well.

    May 19, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. Keeth in California

    I voted Obama, but I would not be sad to see both Reid and Pelosi go.

    May 19, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  5. Steve (the real one)

    Peter May 19th, 2009 4:04 pm ET
    Does it seem to you republicans control the media?

    emma May 19th, 2009 4:05 pm ET
    How come the media doesn't turn the heat on republicans?
    When will you guys take your comedy act to Vegas??? The GOP controlling the media? No media heat on the GOP? Surely you jest!

    May 19, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  6. democrat in NYC

    Harry Reid needs to go. This country needs forward thinking leaders. Not stuck in the mudd, scared of your own shadow weaklings...

    May 19, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
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