Nebraska Senate: Health Reform Vote Hurting Nelson?

A new Rasmussen Reports survey shows Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) struggling in a hypothetical 2012 matchup after supporting health reform legislation.

If Governor Dave Heineman challenges Nelson for the Senate job, a new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey shows the Republican would get 61% of the vote while Nelson would get just 30%. Nelson was reelected to a second Senate term in 2006 with 64% of the vote.

Nelson’s health care vote is clearly dragging his numbers down. Just 17% of Nebraska voters approve of the deal their senator made on Medicaid in exchange for his vote in support of the plan. Overall, 64% oppose the health care legislation, including 53% who are Strongly Opposed. In Nebraska, opposition is even stronger than it is nationally.

Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters in the state believe that passage of the legislation will hurt the quality of care, and 62% say it will raise costs.

Favorability ratings:

Overall, 40% of Nebraska voters have a favorable opinion of Nelson while 55% have an unfavorable view. Those figures include 12% with a Very Favorable opinion while 34% hold a Very Unfavorable view.

(credit image – associated press)

2 Comments

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2 responses to “Nebraska Senate: Health Reform Vote Hurting Nelson?

  1. Adam

    In fairness, this is a Rasmussen poll.

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