Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Nebraskans Still Don't Care for Ben Nelson and his Cornhusker Kickback
After last Tuesday's election, we knew that all attention would turn to Senator Ben Nelson and the 2012 Senate race. Consequently, we felt it was an appropriate time to determine whether Nebraskans had forgiven Senator Nelson for his sleazy Cornhusker Kickback and to see how Senator Nelson would do if challenged by the likes of Attorney General Jon Bruning. So, we commissioned a poll of about 500 Nebraskans last week to gauge their feelings on Ben Nelson and the 2012 Senate race.
Today, we published the results of that statewide survey; it shows a majority of Nebraska voters still wants to give Ben Nelson the boot and choose a new United States Senator. According to the survey, only 36% of respondents said Nelson deserves reelection, while 55% said it was time to give someone else the chance to do better.
The survey found that 43% held an unfavorable opinion of Ben Nelson. Barack Obama proved equally unpopular, with 58% of respondents holding an unfavorable opinion of the President. Meanwhile, the survey also found that Governor Dave Heineman remains one of the most popular governors in the country, with an approval rating of 69%.
Perhaps most importantly, Nelson badly trailed Attorney General Jon Bruning 50% to 35% in a head-to-head match up.
Senator Nelson's spokesman (former Omaha World-Herald reporter Jake Thompson) believes these results are good for Senator Nelson. For that bit of nonsense, I'll give the Nelson office the Tariq Aziz Award of Political Spin.