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. K. Cantu

    I see it like this....If Nevada wants her then more power to them. I also say start sending over our nuclear waste to Yucca mountain real quick so we can sterilize the rest of that electorate before they spread to the rest of the country. I would like to remind Angle that Las Vegas is swimming in a sea of Sin so I think the Christian thing to do is tackle that cesspool of gambling and sin right away don't you think Mrs. Angle????

    October 27, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  2. once upon a horse

    the polls seem to change everyday plus it's been said that cellphone polling rarely even counts. So getting excited or getting down over this is useless. I'm sure one can find some poll showing Reid ahead. Besides if the Latinos vote in Nevada as they claim they will Ms.Angle may regret she chose to go that route to try to get votes. "Karl Rove" politics of fear are starting to wane a bit....thank goodness.

    October 27, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  3. George of the jungle

    People in Nevada must be brain dead if they vote for this bimbo. Wake up Reid is better just because he is not a looney tune. Vote the repos out or you will be sorry

    October 27, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  4. vivian

    i might disagree with some of Harry Reid's decisions but REALLY, to vote for Angle will just b plain STUPID!! it is beyond me that she is actually considered a good candidate?.. common people! THINK!! vote with ur head.. don't let ANGER guide you! vote HARRY!!

    October 27, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  5. John G

    The more accurate questions would be what wouldn't win over Reid. The list would be under 10 things.

    October 27, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  6. Len

    If that woman gets two votes, it is two too many. I feel very sorry for Nevada.

    October 27, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  7. Len

    We are very lucky to have President Obama, Senator Reid and Speaker Pelosi as they have moved this country forward and while not fast enough for many, times are getting better.

    October 27, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  8. Truth in statistics

    "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." Can someone explain to the author that a sampling error is a plus/minus figure? So another way to position this race is not that it is a "neck and neck race", but rather that "Reid trails Angle by 8 points". Of course both statements are nonsensical which is the point fs a sampling error, but the former description supports the author's liberal biases!

    October 27, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  9. joe bartley

    this is what happend when u have a bad economy u have extream candidates like angle. nevada will get a moron for a senator and it will deserved it because once again ignorant white people will belived all the lies she telling. i am a student and i can tell you its virtually imposiable for an iellegal alien to get goverement student finacial aid because the forms and documents you need but ignorant people will belived her like they always do and she will be elected and will have another ensighn or worse in the senate who be out of touch with the people on day one!

    October 27, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  10. John D

    Bye, bye Harry and GOOD RIDANCE!

    October 27, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  11. they call me "tater salad"

    Having lived in Nevada once in my life, and seeing for myself the collectve level of stupidity that resides there, it isn't suprising that a no-mind like Angle could actually be ahead..................... I knew there had to be a reason I didn't want to stay there any longer than I did.........Glad I went with my gut and bailed to a real state........Don't get me wrong, The Tahoe area on the CA border was absolutely beautiful and all that but, the rest of the state was one big tumbleweed orchard full of "urban cowboys"!

    October 27, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  12. Jane

    What is Angle going to do for NV, NOTHING at all, she can't even ans. questions now, runs and hides,NV is gonna be a laughing stock of the country, will she hide in the senate too, NV is going from a number 1 senator to a 100 senator. and someone who says its not her job to create Jobs, so what is she gonna do, OH yeh cut the dept of education , privitize soc sec, cut the dept of labor, dept of commerce, give the rich tax cuts and deregulate the financial industries, I think NV is too busy gambling than getting educated. sorry to say. jane

    October 27, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  13. Right Leaning Independent

    Lets see – Americans vote for Democrats in 2008 and they are brilliant. Now two years later Americans vote for Republicans and they are dumb. Do you Libs really believe the crap you write?? Desperation breeds some very funny comments from our Liberal friends...

    October 27, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  14. once upon a horse

    I can see it now. Sharron Angel wins the election in Nevada and when the press comes to interview her she takes off running. Unless of course the press happens to be FoxNews.

    October 27, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  15. Dave

    Senator Reid can enjoy his retirement in a week. He and his anti-American ideas will be history and rightfully so. It's to bad San Francisco is so screwed up that they most likely won't remove Nancy Pelosi from office. She will lose her title as speaker of the house and that will be a great improvement in politics.

    October 27, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  16. ingrid

    If she wins, then American really has lost its way...

    October 27, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  17. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    People are allowed to be angry, but not stupid by putting Angle in office. Angle will never serve Nevada, the GOP will smash her like a fly on the wall and Nevada like Florida will have no representation.

    October 27, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  18. vivian

    do u people actually think that Angle will work for u?.. put anger aside & THINK! please don't let ur misinformed minds guide you 2 vote for her?.. she's unqualfied, clueless & ignorant! if i were in Nevade, i wouldn't vote for her! i'm a hispanic that doesn't look asian to!

    October 27, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
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