October 27th, 2010
04:44 PM ET
12 years ago

CNN/Time Poll: Angle 49, Reid 45 in Nevada

(CNN) - With six days to go until the midterm elections, a new poll in the most high profile Senate battle in the country indicates Republican challenger Sharron Angle holds a four point advantage over Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

According to a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday, 49 percent of likely voters in Nevada are backing Angle, who enjoys strong support from many in the Tea Party movement, with 45 percent supporting Reid, the top Democrat in the Senate who's bidding for a fifth term in the chamber. Angle's four point margin is within the poll's sampling error, making it a neck and neck race.

Full results (pdf)

Two percent questioned in the poll support Scott Ashjian, who is running as a Tea Party candidate, but who is shunned by many in the grassroots conservative movement, and three percent say they are voting for none of the candidates listed, which is a ballot option in Nevada.

Other surveys released in the past two weeks also indicate a small single digit margin for Angle.

According to the CNN/Time poll, Reid leads 96 to 3 percent among Democrats, with Angle leading 82 to 10 percent among Republicans and 53 to 38 percent among independent voters.

"Reid is doing best in Clark County, home not just to Las Vegas but to his hometown of Searchlight," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "He manages a virtual tie with Angle in her home territory in Washoe County, where Reno is located. But Reid is getting clobbered in the rest of the state, losing the rural areas of Nevada by more than three-to-one."

In a sign that enthusiasm for voting appears to be on the Republican side, when expanded from those likely to vote to the larger sample of all registered voters, Reid holds a 43 to 39 percent advantage over Angle, with five percent backing Ashjian and 12 percent saying they'll vote for none of the candidates.

President Barack Obama teamed up with Reid in Nevada last week. According to the poll, 39 percent of likely voters in Nevada approve of the job Obama's doing as president, with 59 percent saying they disapprove. Among all adults in the state, 44 percent approve of the job Obama's doing, with 49 percent disapproving of how he's handling his duties.

In Nevada's gubernatorial battle, the Republican nominee Brian Sandoval holds a 58 to 34 percent lead over Rory Reid, according to the survey. Six percent 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.

The poll indicates that Sandoval has a more than two to one lead over Reid among independent voters.

"Rory Reid does not have his father's geographical strength," says Holland. "He loses Clark County by 12 points despite his time as a county commissioner there. He is also down by more than 20 points in the Reno area and loses the rest of the state by a six-to-one margin."

The CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted October 20-26, with 1,504 Nevada adults, including 1,286 registered voters and 773 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

Filed under: 2010 • CNN/Time poll • Harry Reid • Nevada • Polls • Sharron Angle
soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Paul

    Are people that taken by her? I mean just listen to her. I'd vote for a goldfish over her.

    October 27, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. The Unsub

    just vote!!!

    October 27, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. Dennis in AZ

    If Reid wins Nevada senatorial race it will be due to fraud. The ACORN people are back in business there in collusion with the unions and will try to defraud a victory for their puppet (Reid). It's just a fact. I guess I know too many normal people who believe in what America is supposed to be about–the will of the People and not the Special Interests.

    October 27, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. vic nashville tn

    This is the one only senate seat republicans and tea party disparately want to win they are pouring money over there

    October 27, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. ron

    A woman who doesn't do interviews leading, what a state!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 27, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    That's right Nevada. Embarass the country world-wide by electing that she-devil nincompoop. I honestly don't give a rat's shiny pink patoot if the conservatives, ideologues, demagogues, bigots, etc., need to learn their lesson the hard way by getting what they wished for. If you ask nicely, I might even share some bbq sauce with you to help the crow go down smoother for you. One would've hoped, however, that the current recession would've been the "hard way," but I guess we have to go back and do the same things we did from 2000-2008 to cause that recession in hopes that this time it fixes a recession....only way we're going to learn is for unemployment to hit 30-40% and for people to start starving.

    October 27, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "has had no visible means of support for many years other than the campaign contributions she uses for her never-ending political campaigns. Apparently, as long as she keeps her campaign headquarters in her home it is legal."

    Actually, even if O'Donnell has her campagin HQ in her house, it is 100% illegal to use the campaign donations to pay her rent. That's the law. Look it up. She made that excuse just because it sounds ok and because ignorance is in vogue this year....so, while ignorance of th elaw is no excuse and one would expect it to be something never admitted to by a candidate for US Senator, she gets to admit it AND score points with the drooling conservative masses by doing so. "Hi, I'm not a witch, I'M A MORON...and luckily for me, ignorance is all the rage."

    October 27, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. Steve (the real one)

    Steve, you're a real idiot. You do realize that a large percentage of corporations like GE pay no corporate income tax in the US because of loopholes, right? I'm sure you're also aware that the effective income tax rate for the top 3% in this country is 17% or less because most of their income is capital gains, right? The problem, my friend, is not that taxes are too high, it's that everybody else's wages have stagnated for 30 years because of these greed-mongers keeping more of the pie for themselves. But idiots like you will continue to vote against their own best interest because you're ignorant and gullible. Have a nice day!

    October 27, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |

    Randolph Carter,

    You must be tired after that rant. Relax and chill a little. I do agree with you in one area...You are NOT an expert. Stop pretending you know what is in my best interest cause you don't P.S. here 's a hint it is NOT LIBERAL POLITICS! But thanks for asking! Oh and yes I will have a nice day, do the same and perhaps you can blog with someone you disagree with without the name calling THAT would make for a nice day! Try it sometimes!

    October 27, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  9. GoodLuckNevada

    I hope Nevada citizens enjoy their new right wing whack job senator. "Less government, lower taxes!" I'm sure she'll deliver on that promise, just like Reagan, Bush1, Bush2, and all the other corporate hoes who used that slogan to get votes from dumb people. Enjoy your bright tea bag future Nevada.

    October 27, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  10. Adalbert

    Angle is an incompetent right wing fanatic. She is not even remotely qualified to be to be a janitor in the senate. Her appeal is mostly to those who believe in fairy tales. Unfortunately, we have more than our share of ignorant people in this country. Many of them are dangerous right wing and religious fanatics with ideas from the middle ages with twisted and outdated views on just about everything.

    October 27, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. Voice of Reason

    This only proves that money can buy elections, and that parties can buy candidates. Do you really think that Sharron Angle is running this campaign? She couldnt successfully run a carwash. The TEA party is pouring boatloads of money into this relatively unimportant race to get their foot in the door. And when/if Sharron Angle gets to Washington, she wont be the one calling the shots. It'll be her Tea-party masters. They bought her. They OWN her. You better beleive that she'll toe the line or she'll get dumped.

    Do you REALLY think that Sharron Angle (without the outside astroturf interests) would have raised the $$TENS OF MILLIONS$$ that have been spent on this campaign? And after spending that kind of $$ do you REALLY think that they'll let her just do whatever she pleases once she's in office? Of course not. She is the property of the TEA party (GOP astroturf, Koch brothers, and like-minded activists). OWNED. Bought and sold.

    Enjoy your cardboard cutout, Navada.

    October 27, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  12. DIANA

    Is she going to have a body double for her when she becomes Senator. I also wonder if they polled the Hispanic vote, or did they just poll the white vote? Really Nevada, where have your brains gone?

    October 27, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  13. Stacie

    Must be all that support from Asian looking Latinos.

    October 27, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. jking

    Which one is it–not trying to deceive I'm sure.

    October 27, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. Riley

    Reid is falling further behind Angle. Apparently, Nevada voters will not be fooled by him again. He's been in DC long enough. Next....

    October 27, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  16. Sharon

    Why are there no reponses for anyone under 35 years of age in any of these CNN polls?

    People under 35 do vote.

    Makes CNN's numbers look suspect.

    October 27, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  17. Marko

    If an obviously insane person like Angle wins, Nevada just showed me that it is too scary of a place to visit. No more Las Vegas trips for me.

    October 27, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  18. obama victim

    sharon angle is not a good candidate....this just shows how much people don't like Reid and the Obozo agenda...how bad do you have to be to lose to Sharon Angle.....must be really embarassing to be a Dem right now

    October 27, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  19. Janet in CA

    What is the matter wtih Nevadans? Do they really want ot end Social Security the Education Department and provide massage therapy for prison inmates? Please people, wake up!

    October 27, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. ryche

    HAHAHHAHAAH.. Cya later Harry... Glad you're gone.. and i cant wait to watch all the liberal heads explode when they announce this lady as the winner.. hahahah. it's going to be great...

    October 27, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. duke

    Don't believe the polls!!

    October 27, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. Jack

    Well, I guess all those voting for Angle in Nevada don't want anymore social security, medicare, medicaid. They want science out of schools, religion in. BTW, I have nothing against religion in school as long as you pay and send you kids to a religious school (my parents sent us to one–and they were poor). For public school it's not right. Common sense. Your prayer is not my prayer.

    Of course, she's hiding out until after the election. She's afraid of being quoted for her true beliefs. Reid may not be the most electrifying personality, but he's intelligent and works hard. But, of course, we live in American Idol America now and the song and dance is what people want, not the real person of substance.

    October 27, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  23. Lisa - VA

    I am not voting in Nevada...but this women disgust me. If she is elected, the people in Nevada deserves what they get (a real fruitcake). LOL

    October 27, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  24. Tired of the nonsense

    Why is it all of the pickled-brained morons are republicans? Is there some reason why the democrats are the intelligent group?

    Do not vote for Angle. Don't vote for any republican. They hate this country and they hate Americans.

    October 27, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  25. XWngLady

    ONCE AGAIN, the poll was taken among so-called "likely voters"....When, for the love of Pete is this "likely voter" polling CRAP going to STOP?????? Clearly, the article says that when they poll ALL REGISTERED VOTERS, Reid holds a 43 to 39 percent advantage over Angle....REGISTERED voters ARE the pool of people out of whom the next round of voters will come! No one knows who is or isn't going to vote in an UPCOMING election!!!!! Stop it! ....even if they polled people who voted in the LAST election, that would be better than just polling so-called "likely" voters who tend to be white and older and have land-lines (and they are the only people who actually answer the phone, not knowing who it is on the other line)....Most young people don't have land-line phones...Yet we just accept these "likely voter" polls as gospel...ridiculous! Democrats defied the odds in 2008 and we will once again change the voting paradigm in 2010...Good Riddance to the so-called "likely voter"!

    October 27, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
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