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Majority of Nevadans Disapprove Of Reid's Filibustering Of Judges.

Americans take pride in their homegrown heroes, particularly those who rise to the highest positions of political power. There are benefits to having a party leader from your state. Your state's political and policy concerns gain immediate clout (and often, pork), and, if you are a smaller state, having a nationally-recognized politician representing you can be a badge of honor. Typically this type of support cuts strongly across party lines.

Nevadans are no different. Harry Reid, thus, is more popular in Nevada than he otherwise might be, due to his status as Senate Minority Leader. Part of Reid's popularity in Republican-leaning (but independent-minded) Nevada has been his ability to position himself as one who speaks his mind and votes his conscience.

But that might be changing.


The Las Vegas Review-Journal released results of a Mason-Dixon poll today indicated Harry Reid's popularity in his home state has eroded noticeably since his election (in which he received 61% of the vote) last November.

Now, only 55% of Nevadans give Reid a rating of "excellent" or "good."

Specifically, Nevadans are troubled by Reid's obstructionism:


Only 42% of Nevadans approve of the way Harry Reid is handling the judicial filibuster issue. It seems Senator Reid's "independent" facade is disintegrating, as he becomes the face of, and brains behind, the ugly, grinding, and intensely-partisan political bickering in Washington today.

Will Reid listen to his constituents, or will he eschew more than 200 years of Senate tradition to appease the MoveOn.org wing of the Democratic Party?


Reid is also out of touch with Nevadans on Social Security reform:

50% of Nevadans support Bush's Social Security plan.
42% oppose it.
8% are undecided.

Among Nevada's independents, that support is even higher:

Fifty-two percent of independents supported the Bush plan and 40 percent opposed it, with 8 percent undecided.

This part of the survey, incidentally, went entirely unreported in the Review-Journal's coverage.

Posted by Will Franklin · 17 May 2005 01:05 PM


Harry Reid is just out of touch... I tried watching him on TV last night. He was soooooo boring I had to change the channel. I kept hoping I could watch just to see him put his foot in his mouth. I didn't make it over a minute! I am going to have to take everyones word for his foot in mouth disease!

Posted by: Cindy T. at May 17, 2005 02:11 PM

Take my word for it! Harry Reid is a big foot in mouth Socialist... A self proclaimed socialist! He really needs to retire and go on home! It is as if he puts his foot in his mouth on a daily basis. Bye Bye Harry...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at May 17, 2005 04:22 PM