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Reuters-Ipsos poll: Senate Majority Leader Reid barely ahead in Nevada race

September 14, 2010

Perhaps it will become known as a tale of two Reids.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is barely ahead of his Republican opponent Sharron Angle in the Nevada race for U.S. Senate, and his son Rory Reid is slipping against Republican Brian Sandoval in the governor’s race, according to a Reuters-Ipsos poll.

Looking at likely voters, Reid is up 46-44 percent against Angle. Among registered voters, Reid is up 46-38 percent and among independents, he is up 29-15 percent. USA-ELECTIONS

When it comes to Nevada voters views of the Tea Party, which supports Angle, 51 percent of registered voters, 56 percent of Republicans and 57 percent of independents said it would make no difference on whether to support or not support Angle.

Among Democrats, 46 percent said Tea Party backing made them less likely to support Angle, while 45 percent said it would make no difference.

Ipsos pollsters say the proportions who say they are both more and less likely to support Angle because of her Tea Party association has gone up, which while appearing contradictory, actually demonstrates that she has been effective at raising her profile and establishing an identity as a candidate.

When it came to the best person to help generate jobs in Nevada, Reid was ahead of Angle 50-38 percent among likely voters, and 56-30 percent among registered voters.

But on who was part of the problem with politics right now in the United States, Reid was also ahead of Angle 53-29 percent among likely voters and 47-33 percent among registered voters.

In the governor’s race it looks like Republican Brian Sandoval is picking up steam with support among likely voters now at 60-31 percent over Democrat Rory Reid, a wider margin than the 50-39 percent in an early August poll.

Photo credit: Reuters/staff photographer (Angle and Reid in a combination of file photos)

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