October 6th, 2010
04:32 PM ET
11 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

Full results (pdf)

Filed under: 2010 • Nevada
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Pollwatcher

    If the GOP went with a sane candidate the race would never be this tight. The dumb tea baggers sabotaged themselves with looney candidates like Angle, O'Donnell, Paladino, etc.

    October 6, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    You MUST choose. Not picking a candidate is unacceptable. If you are not sure, they do your homework and research. Sitting on the sofa or refusing to learn the facts is intolerable.

    October 6, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. Pattie

    Didn't Richard Pryor's character "Monty Brewster" (in the movie "Brewter's Millions") win an election as the "None of the Above" candidate????!!!!! Hmmmmmmmm..........LOL!!! You go, Nevada!!!!!!!

    October 6, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. ddt

    Common sense will tell you "CNN" the 9 out of 10 will for vote in otherwards, 10% doesn't matter You do the maths

    October 6, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. stufthis

    Why wouldn't retired Nevadans support Angle? She wants to privatize their social security. As for republicans, Angle says they lost their principles, but I am not sure she has any either. A lot of stupid people are going to get hurt if they support the GObP baggers this election.

    October 6, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. Frank Davis

    And with CNN's infamous oversampling of democrats, Angle probably has a six point lead.

    October 6, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. stufthis

    If 'none of the above' won, then cash strapped Nevadans could then pay for several more elections to fill the senate seat. I would hope by November 2, voters would realize that Harry is on their side, and vote for Reid as the 'lesser of two evils' instead of Angle as the 'evil of two lessers.'

    October 6, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. vic, Nashville TN

    I wish we have none of above in the ballot According to Fox poll Angle has lead by4 points but local polls say Reid ahead

    Last moment Reid will pull the victory

    October 6, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. DIANA

    I just hope the Nevadan's have a little common sense and don't decide to stay home. What would you do if you woke up the next day and found out that looney Angle won the Senate seat.

    It's better the devil you know than the looney devil you don't know.

    October 6, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "According to Fox poll Angle has lead by4 points but local polls say Reid ahead "

    Faux, Rasmussen and ther rest will stretch their poll results to make it look like GOPers and Teatards are winning, particularly in states where the races are tight. Coupled with their voter suppression efforts with groups like "Truth the Vote," which are running around filing suits against voter REGISTRATION efforts, especially in minority communities, and what you really have is a massive preparatory outrage campaign. Anywhere that someone like Angle loses, they will cite Rasmussen, Faux and the frivolous lawsuits of outfits like "Truth the Vote" in order to justify court challenges that tie up that seat with NOBODY TO VOTE FOR ITS CONSTITUENTS IN CONGRESS for as long as possible. Even if they lose, they win by delaying that Dem from being seated and voting.

    I guarantee this will happen. Just watch.

    October 6, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. astro24102

    Nevada can't do any worse than harry reid ( a life long politician clinging to the power teet) and 14% unemployment. couldn't believe he would pat our president on the back every time the prez told people not to come to las vegas. wow....

    October 6, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    so angle has juice and dimwit's ear to help out the third party candidate that she is trying to take off the ballot.
    She is not even elected (hope it doesn't happen – she's a first class lunatic) and she is already making deals under the table with one of the worst rethugs in Congress.
    Wow, so much for the teabaggers being better than the present politicians and bringing "new" (pardon while I laugh) ideas to the table. She sounds like palladino, in other words a crook!

    October 6, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. cat

    She is really not my cup of Tea. I ask every one to PLEASE Vote..But.. PLEASE DONT VOTE REPUBLICAN OR TEA PARTY (in any form) on 02 November 2010. If the Republican leadership wins, We the people lose. because we have delivered our government into the hands of the Corporations. The people because of a few will have no power even thou it wont seem as that at first but later Laws will be passed in the name of Pro -Life. And in a twisted CONGRESS and SENATE filled with these R.I.N.O.S of the people= Traitors of the people who have sold their souls for riches or so it seems. These Corporations Will make lots of money A woman who has a miscarriage will be charged for involuntary manslaughter and she will have to prove her innocence even if it was her worries in life and the hard work SHE ENDURES she does not get paid sick leave or vacation leave and she has another child who she also must care for. Because there will be no more unions and no more laws to protect those who are not rich. Everything will be privatized and if you have no money you will die in the gutter or you will maybe die in the prisons where The Peoples tax payer dollars are being funneled into. And as the the Corporations greed increases so does the price of good and services and so will the Tax dollars you owe. They will take you social security regardless of what you say and your future generations will suffer they will have a universal privatized health care system but the peoples tax dollars wont have to pay (THAT IS THE TRICK) the people will pay out of their own pocket and if they don’t have the money they can be denied medical care. The Corporations own the Government and THE PEOPLE have no POWER. Beware of the shrinking Government.

    October 6, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  14. John Adkisson

    While the Nevada race is obviously a toss-up, CNN's Blitzer completely misinterpreted these recent findings as a death knell for Reid. They are, in fact, reasonably good news for Reid. First, in Nevada, voters may actually vote "none of the above" and 10% of the sample didn't say they were undecided but that they would vote "None of the above." These are almost certainly voters angry with Reid but unwilling to embrace the candidacy of the Republican. Second, the official tea party candidate is picking up 7% of the vote. These are also voters who would normally vote for the Republican but for the opportunity to cast a protest vote.

    Thus, about 17% of the electorate in Nevada is effectively sitting out this election enablling Reid to deliver the moderate to liberal Nevadans through his superior organization. These numbers confirm that the race will be close but also seem to confirm that Angle has a ceiling she cannot pierce, especially when nearly one in five conservatives are unwilling to go along with her nutty candidacy.

    October 6, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  15. Peter E

    ONLY 1 in 10?

    October 6, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    BTW, if you don't believe me, just keep an eye on Harris County, TX...the biggest county in TX and full to the brim with minorities that the GOP doesn't want voting or, apparently, even to be registered to vote.

    October 6, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  17. Eric in Denver

    If you like the high unemployment and low house values in Nevada by all means vote for Harry Reid. If you are in the small minority and like Obamacare(Socialized Medicine), Big Government, High Taxes, and bad policies vote for Harry Reid. If you are sane vote for Sharon Angle!!!!

    October 6, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  18. David of West Virginia

    People need to realize that it was the Republicans that placed this country's unemployment between 10 and 15 percent. Can't you see, by destroying the economy and increasing the unemployment, the Corporate Republican Party sets themselves up to destroy the minimum wage, health care, social security. And all of this because of voter apathy. I can't believe voters in this country would cut off their noses to spite their face, but that's their mindset! I hope that get exactly what they ask for!

    October 6, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  19. Willie

    1 in 10 probably think it means "nun" of the above. They want theocracy anyways.

    October 6, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  20. Bob in PA

    Amen – just need ole Monty to lead the charge. I am sure there are other places in the country where it would be 3 or 4 in ten. But having to make a choice you try to figure out the lessor of the evils.

    October 6, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  21. PalmReader

    Those *sitting out* this election aren't centered in Nevada alone. Many of my Republican family members will also be sitting this election out, if only to protest the Tea Bag influence.

    As for me, I left the Republican Party in 2004, and see no reason to return. Voting Dem all the way . . .

    October 6, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  22. John

    Angle is the bigger nut case of the two,if it was me i vote for the less of the two evil.

    October 6, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  23. Baffled!

    I just can't figure out why the 65 and older group would vote to privatize Social Security?? I guess they don't realize that the private investment firms will be placing their retirement funds in the same stock market that just went belly up and is still very unstable which seems extremely risky to me. Are they that wealthy out in Nevada that they can afford to let Angle throw their money away on private investment firms?? Angle's supporters must be as crazy as she is!

    October 6, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  24. Patrick from Minnesota

    Personally, I'd rather take a shady old man than a fascist who thinks she's a patriot. Good luck Mr. Reid.

    October 6, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  25. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Let's see......... here is another one of the Koch Brother's "Tea Party" candidates! She will not debate Reid, because she knows she is inept. The "Tea Party" state president quit; CNN reported a month ago that Nevada Republicans regret voting for Angel!
    Sharron Angle wants to: Privatize Social Security, which is nuts, as any Financial Advisor would tell you; she wants to get rid of Medicare! And she too believes that Minimum Wage is unconstitutional.

    America, the "Tea Party" (Koch Brother-GOP) candidates want to:

    Cut ALL Federal Aid to State Universities
    Cut funding to the Pell Grants which allow excellent American students to attend a college of their choice.
    Cut funding to the SCHIP program which provides healthcare to the poorest of the poor children.
    They believe ALL Federal Aid is unconstitutional.
    They want to do away with Unemployment Benefits.
    They want to PREVENT Gays & .........unwed mothers from being teachers. Sound like freedom to you?

    Pay attention America!

    October 6, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
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