Senator Harry Reid is slightly ahead of Republican nominee Sharon Angle; 48 to 46, with 6% of voters undecided.
Reid is more popular than Angle. 44% of Nevada voters approve of Reid’s work in the Capital, while only 36% of voters have a favorable opinion of his opponent.
Reid is more popular with Democrats than Angle is with Republicans. 80% of Democrats support Reid, in comparison to the 63% of Republicans that support Angle.
Angle’s embrace of Tea Party ideals may be working against the candidate. A fifth of Republicans have an unfavorable opinion of her. 19% think she is too conservative and 23% think she is an extremist. These voters’ opposition to Angle’s alignment with the Tea Party isn’t overcome by a desire to beat Reid. Only 23% of voters who have an unfavorable opinion of the Republican choose Angle over Reid.
“This could be mixed news. Angle’s alignment with the Tea Party may be harmful if all registered voters voted,” Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling said. “However the Tea Party is more energized and excited about voting than anyone else, they are more likely to show up to the polls. In an election this close her alliance with the Tea Party could be the reason she wins.”
Public Policy Polling surveyed 630 Nevada voters from July 16-18. The survey’s margin of error is +/-3.9%. Other factors, such as refusal to be interviewed and weighting, may introduce additional error that is more difficult to quantify.