March 1st, 2010
03:42 PM ET
13 years ago

Reid's troubles continue, says poll

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A new poll has Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid trailing 11 points behind his nearest Republican competitor."](CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid remains extremely vulnerable to a Republican challenger this November, according to a new poll.

A Mason Dixon/Las Vegas Review-Journal survey of registered Nevada voters indicates Reid losing to the leading two Republican challengers by double digits. Against state GOP chairwoman Sue Lowden, Reid faces a 52-39 percent deficit while the Nevada Democrat is down 51-40 percent against businessman Danny Tarkanian.

But Reid's fortunes may be boosted by the presence of potential Tea Party-backed candidate John Ashijian, a businessman in Las Vegas who has no political experience. According to the poll, Reid would win a three-way race that included a Tea Party candidate, garnering 36 percent of the vote compared to 32 percent for a generic Republican. The Tea Party candidate registered 18 percent.

Yet Reid's overall approval rating remains dismal, with only a third of Nevada voters giving the Senate majority leader positive reviews.

The results come after President Obama hit the campaign trail for Reid in Las Vegas, holding a town-hall meeting at a local high school and delivering a speech before the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce. The president also appeared at a high-powered fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee. But three-quarters of those polled said the president's recent appearance did not affect their view of Reid, who's fighting for 5th term in the Senate.

When it comes to the Republican primary, Lowden holds a commanding 47-29 percent lead over Tarkananian while conservative candidate Sharron Angle registers 8 percent.

The Mason Dixon/Las Vegas-Review-Journal poll questioned 625 registered voters by telephone from February 22-24 and carries an overall sampling error of 4 percentage points.

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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Obama Enemy List Wannabe

    A close contestant for the worst senator ever.

    March 1, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  2. Bye bye Harry.....

    reconciliation on healthcare will be the final nail in your political coffin.....

    It won't matter anyway as the next Congress will overturn this disaster...

    Start packing.....

    March 1, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. Stallion

    He really needs to get booted out. He is obstructing the will of the majority he was sent to represent......he is a loose cannon on the deck...can't wait to say bye bye.

    March 1, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. If I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    If Harry would get the health reform passed, and make the senate deal with the 290 bills that the house passed and the senate republicans are holding up, he will be fine in the November election. People are waking up the the lies of the GOP, and when health reform passes, republicans are toast.

    March 1, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. If I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    Lowden is another Ensign, only she wears a dress.

    March 1, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. citizen - you better BELIEVE it !

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh November is PINK SLIP month for elected officials !
    Beware your votes – OURS' COUNT.

    March 1, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. Previs

    I'm trying to figure out how only 625 people speak for a whole state.

    March 1, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  8. Marcus Tate

    Hopefully, we'll see the end of both Reid and Pelosi this time around.

    March 1, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. Carl Justus

    I do not think Reid will be defeated. I believe he will win, because I beleive the economy will begin to pick up more than is predicted.

    As sool as this bad weather settles down and the sun shines more and their are no more snow falls so the poople can get out houses will begin to sell and the people will get and shop more.

    I am like Ted Kennedy, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream will never die.

    March 1, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. Obama the Arrogant Liar

    The good news just keeps on coming.

    March 1, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  11. redisgreat

    Leave already Harry!!!! YOU ARE THE PROBLEM!!!!

    March 1, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  12. Soldtochina

    One of the reasons the American people are going to remove all the available incumbents is the same old political tricks. Mr. Reid in my opinion your are one of the better majacians in congress.

    It's time. Vote out the incumbents. November is coming!

    March 1, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. Anonymous

    Sen. Reid may be a nice guy but he has not proven he is a leader.
    His position as Majority Leader was a mistake. He is not a rallying force and probably would have been just a better advocate for Nevada.

    March 1, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. John


    Nancy.... you're next.... Does anyone else pick-up on the trend we're seeing here? Does anyone get it? Are you Dems ready to listen yet?

    And by the way.....Barack campaiging for someone is the kiss of death..... true story.

    March 1, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. Soldtochina

    Should have been Senate sorry when I think of nothing.....

    March 1, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. George

    The Nebraska deal to get that senator's vote was the last straw for me with Senator Reid. Any politician that would agree to force the other 49 states to pay Nebraska's medicare tab forever is just dishonest. I've seen the many advertisements that Senator Reid is creating thousands of green jobs for Nevada. The ads are everywhere and been running for several months. Senator Reid, where are these jobs? It's time for Senator Reid to retire and please take Nancy Pelosi with you. I am so tired of the word "transparency". How about pleding to be HONEST for a change we can all embrace. I am mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. For the first time in my life I am going to vote against every incumbent.

    March 1, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  17. Brian L

    Wake up people electing Republicans will only strengthen partisanship.

    March 1, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  18. Monster Zero

    Yeah Harry take Nancy's advice, don't worry about being re-elected pass the healthcare Bill for the American people. Aptly named, it will be a Bill for healthcare and American taxpayers will all pay for it! Do it for your Party, Do it for our President, Do it for Rahm, Do it for Nancy, JUST DO IT, so that America will never elect another bunch of Liberal ideologues to office again, EVER!

    March 1, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  19. rob

    This guy is toast, make this one down in the Republican win column in November.

    By the way CNN, where is the story on President Obama signing a one year extension of the Patriot Act. You know the the one that all the Dems screamed about for years because George Bush was tearing up the Constitution and we were all losing our liberties but the Dems voted for everytime.

    March 1, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. moderate in montana

    Reid should know the tea party movement is old news. When the patriots started, they threw tea over the side of a boat.

    When they wanted to get things done, they had a cup of coffee in Philly and worked things out.

    Reid needs to compromise and follow the President and respect other opinions.

    Its time for the Coffee Party Movement.

    March 1, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  21. Rickster

    And why is this old fool behind in the polls? Oh yeah, because he has followed Barry Obama's disastrous advice and policies for the past year.

    The democrat party is the rickety old building and Barry Obama is the wrecking ball.

    March 1, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  22. Sue

    So what.........The Tea Party runs a candidate.

    If the Tea Party candidate does not win the primary--the Tea Party voters will vote for the Republican, they will NOT vote for Harry Reid.

    Therefore, Harry Reid is gone with the 2010 elections.

    Only 8 more months Harry!!!

    March 1, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. eli

    I'm a liberal indie and this hack has to go; he's part of the problem, not the solution.

    March 1, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |

    Reid is a walking disaster not only for Nevada but all America. Please NV, don't let him slip back in through the back door because of third party hysteria. Help the Reps get the best candidate, and then beat him thoroughly.

    March 1, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. AJ

    From what we can see, harry is a dismal leader and needs to go. He couldnt manage to pull enough votes to pass a bill when Dems had 60 votes. Its a sign of weakness. Its past time for Harry to go!!

    March 1, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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