October 6th, 2010
04:32 PM ET
12 years ago

CNN/Time Poll: 1 in 10 in Nevada say 'none of the above'

(CNN) - Nevada voters get to do what most Americans don't: They can vote for "none of the above."

And a new survey in the deadlocked battle between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican challenger Sharron

Angle indicates that one in ten Nevada voters are planning to do just that.

According to a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday, 42 percent of likely voters in Nevada are backing Angle, who enjoys strong support from many in the Tea Party movement, with four in ten supporting Reid, the top Democrat in the Senate who's bidding for a fifth term in the chamber. Seven percent of people questioned are supporting Scott Ashjian, who is running as a Tea Party candidate, but who is shunned by many in the grassroots conservative moment, and 10 percent say they are voting for none of the candidates listed.

Angle's two point advantage over Reid is well within the survey's sampling error. Angle had a one point margin over Reid in a CNN/Time poll conducted in mid September.

The poll indicates that Angle enjoys a ten point advantage among independent voters and a 14 point advantage among men, with Reid leading by 12 points among women.

According to the survey, Angle has a five point margin with voters 65 and older. Reid's campaign has put up ads on Nevada television saying that Angle wants to get rid of Social Security, with the former state lawmaker denies.

The poll also suggests a geographical divide.

"Clark County is the region that is keeping Harry Reid's hopes alive," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "That's where Las Vegas is - and also Searchlight, the tiny town that Reid grew up in - and the Democrat has an eight-point advantage there. Washoe County, home to Reno, is where Angle is from, and she has a comparable nine-point edge there. In the thinly-populated parts of the state, Angle has nearly twice as much support as Reid."

Respondents were also asked whom they would vote for if the contest were a two way race between Angle and Reid.

"It's a two-point race with Ashjian on the ballot, but it's also a two-point race when voters are asked a hypothetical question about a race with only Reid and Angle's name on the ballot," says Holland. "That suggests that Ashjian is pulling his support about evenly from both sides, rather than taking most of his support from the Republican. Only about one in ten supporters of the Tea Party movement choose Ashjian in the three-way race."

The poll also indicates that Reid holds a 43 to 32 percent advantage over Angle among the larger sampling of registered voters, with nine percent backing Ashjian and 15 percent saying they supporting none of the above.

In Nevada's gubernatorial battle, the Republican nominee Brian Sandoval holds a 56 to 33 percent advantage over Rory Reid, according to the survey. One in ten questioned say they're supporting neither candidate. Sandoval, a former federal district judge in Nevada, defeated Republican Gov. Jim Gibbons and three other candidates in the June GOP gubernatorial primary. Reid, a lawyer and commission chairman of Clark County, Nevada's largest, is also Sen. Reid's son.

"Sandoval's support is highest in the Reno area and the rural portions of the state, while Rory Reid, like his father, draws a lot of support from Clark County," says Holland. "But even there, Sandoval has a six-point edge."

According to the survey, 39 percent of likely voters in Nevada appove of the job President Barack Obama's doing in the White House, with 57 percent saying they disapprove. The president's approval rating rises to 44 percent among registered voters, with 51 percent giving Obama a thumbs down.

The CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted October 1-5, with 1,508 Nevada adults, including 1,300 registered voters and 789 likely voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points, with a sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for likely voters.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Tom

    Just stayed in Elko, Nv while passing through to Wy. Those people can't possibly be that irresponsible to vote for Angle. I even asked different people and it seems they mostly think Angle's nuts; that's encouraging.

    October 6, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  2. Hugo

    If you do not vote Republican in this election you will have more of the same economics that we have had for the last four years. Remember, the President does not spend it is the Congress that pushes it through to allow him to spend. Reid, Obama, Boxer and Pelosi have got to be the worst combination of political outliers that have ever hit our Nations Capital. Angle may not be the perfect fit but I can guarantee you that Harry Reid would have to climb a step ladder just to kiss her buttocks!

    October 6, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  3. Tinkers Dam

    It's really simple.....If you like the way things are in Nevada (14% unemployment) vote Reid. If you want to try something else...vote Angle. I'm beginning to believe there is no difference between California and Nevada. They both keep electing members to congress that don't have a clue as to what life in the real world is like.

    October 6, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  4. Peter s

    Harry please remove your glove and send this grandma! to political oblivion, we can't afford her in the senate nor any where with more than two people!, the lady's mouth is worse than " doku-hebi."

    October 6, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  5. John

    If anybody retired in Nevada in the the next 6 yrs, the first thing Sharron Angle would do is to stop Social Security checks from reaching out to all the workers and force them to work until 70 yrs old.All the workers of Nevada need to get out and vote on Nov 2nd.This election is about between Workers and Corporations.

    October 6, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  6. Sick Of Tea

    Pollwatcher – very true, you hit the nail on the head. I have no idea why they threw their support behind the most unpalatable candidates they could possibly find. As a long time Republican I could have very easily supported a candidate that was fiscally conservative but socially moderate...and most important of all – from planet earth. But these people are just too scary for prime time. No way!

    October 6, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  7. Ultraconservative

    Cat.... Talk about extreme – Have you read your own comments?
    The Las Vegas paper says Angle's view are in line with most of the middle class, but Reid's only chance of winning is todestroy her reputation by trying to paint her as being too extreme for NV.

    October 6, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  8. Pretzel Logic

    If "None of the Above" was an option for President, I'm guessing he/she/it would win with a mandate to govern.

    October 6, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  9. Jennifer

    It did not survey any likely voters under 35-years-old in Nevada, under the 18-34 column it says "N/A", Of course the ones who are more likely to vote for Harry Reid and Rory Reid are the 18-34 demographic. I along with my significant other and my siblings all fall into the "18-35" demographic. Way to have a totally useless survey CNN and Time.

    October 6, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  10. CM

    Even as a left-leaning guy, I'm no Harry Reid fan, but Angle is NUTS. I might vote the same way in NV this election.

    And the person that made the Brewster's Millions reference above totally made my day.

    October 6, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  11. opinion8it

    I can't see her still getting juicy at her age.

    October 6, 2010 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  12. Wakefield

    It is kind of difficult to glean anything from these polls other than the obvious, the race is close. The margin for Sharon Angle is within the sampling error so this projected lead is statistically insignificant. The only thing interesting about the CNN poll to me is that the advantage for Sharon Angle did not increase when the question was posed without the tea party candidate being an option.

    October 6, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  13. This black liberal hates Obama

    Can someone say Sen. Sharron Angle, I can and does 9/10 of Nevadans! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! BTW, I thought Scott Ashjian was suppose to be a spoiler for Angle, I guess that's another HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    October 6, 2010 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  14. normajean

    I am not in Nevada but as a Californian who has read,listened and given a lot of thought to the situation, I think you'all would live to regret a vote for Angle.She is extreme enough to be dangerous. And she would mess you up "big time". ".Non of the above" "leaves you in limbo. You may not like Reid but at least he's not "nuts".As ypur neighbor, I wish you luck, and as I say at home, Vote, but but do it thoughtfully. Hang in there.!!!!!!!

    October 6, 2010 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  15. HendersonNV

    A vote for Angle is a vote for term limits.

    October 7, 2010 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  16. freedom12

    midterm election;
    it's ugly and get really ugly,,,,, politics is dirty games. l hope the people speak...but to the Democratic
    go out and rally against this nasty and ugly foreign money that their counterpart are receiving for campaign
    attacks ads. that how you all can win the people over. ask for check list. make some noise?

    October 7, 2010 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  17. freedom12

    listen up people why vote the republican in those 7 seat, when the true is that President Obama
    have created several jobs bills ,which is on the republican desk ,l heard that the bills is just sitting there collecting dust.
    this to make president look bad. l sat to the democratics, let the clintons bills and hillary rally in those states that is behind.
    l do believe we will get those votes for ours canidates.

    October 7, 2010 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  18. RichP, easton, pa

    Too bad, Tim Fasano is a much better choice than any of the others. As he said, who would spend $40 MILLION dollars of taxpayer money to get a $160,000 a year job. We need to limit campaign spending to under a million and NO MORE.

    October 7, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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