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Friday, December 04, 2009

Harry Reid- Nevadans Know Him And Don't Like Him

Interesting piece in the Las Vegas Review Journal showing that Harry Reid is recognized by 100 percent of the people asked about him, yet 49 percent of respondents have an unfavorable view of Reid with just 38 percent having a favorable opinion.

On top of that, despite the fact that Harry Reid has started running a very aggressive campaign for reelection, his numbers are not changing at all.

People know Reid and people do not approve of the job he is doing nor the man himself.

Worse news for Reid is that among the nine Republican challengers for his Senate seat, the two most popular, businesswoman and former GOP official Sue Lowden and attorney and businessman Danny Tarkanian, both are ahead of Reid in the polls.

In hypothetical general election matchups, respondents favored Lowden over Reid 51 percent to 41 percent, with 8 percent undecided. They favored Tarkanian over Reid 48 percent to 42 percent, with 10 percent undecided. The margin of error was plus or minus 4 percentage points.

The problem for Reid is that he is recognized, he is a known factor and doesn't have any wiggle room to bring himself more support no matter how much of an advertising bombardment, as the Journal calls it, he spends money on.

With less than a year to go before the election, both of the Republican challengers have plenty of time to make their names known, their positions stated and gather more support, while Reid is stuck right where he is, which is behind the top two Republican contenders.

Find out more about Sue Lowden and where she stands on a variety of issues at her home page and do the same for Danny Tarkanian here at his home page.

Reid is not the only Democratic Senator in trouble either according to the polls.

As noted yesterday, Senator Blanche Lambert Lincoln is having issues of her own:

Looking at the data, it’s easy to understand Lincoln’s concern. Against all four Republicans, she leads by wide margins among those who favor the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. The senator even leads by a wide margin among those who Somewhat Oppose the legislation. But among those who Strongly Oppose the health care plan, Lincoln trails every potential Republican challenger by more than 50 percentage points.

The really bad news for Lincoln is that 56% of Arkansas voters Strongly Oppose the congressional health care plan. Just 18% Strongly Favor it.

Bottom line for Lincoln here is if she supports Reid's Obamacare plan with the public option included, support Reid must have to pass his bill, then she loses over 50 percent support from 56 percent of her voters because they are against the obamacare proposals now before the senate and House.