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Poll: Reid approval rating is at 48 percent

RENO (AP) – Forty-eight percent of Nevadans approve of Sen. Harry Reid’s job performance and 41 percent disapprove, a statewide poll shows.

The Reno Gazette-Journal/News 4 survey found the Senate minority leader’s approval rating stands at 85 percent among Democrats, 9 percent among Republicans and 54 percent among independents.

The poll of 600 likely voters, conducted May 12-15 by Maryland-based Research 2000, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

The poll also found 35 percent of those surveyed think Democrats have a workable agenda under Reid’s leadership and 43 percent disagree.

And 36 percent think Reid has the leadership qualities to guide Democrats to control of the Senate this year and 46 percent disagree, according to the poll.

Pollster Del Ali said the numbers aren’t necessarily a reflection of Reid’s leadership skills. Rather, it indicates Democrats haven’t begun to sell their message yet, he said.

“They haven’t presented anything,” Ali said. “And I’m not sure they really have to yet. Right now, I think the Republicans are doing the best job the Democrats can hope for.”

Reid spokeswoman Sharyn Stein declined to comment on whether his leadership position is hurting his standing among Nevada voters.

“Senator Reid doesn’t follow polls,” she said. “He has always done what he believes is best for Nevada and for the country, and he will continue to fight for Nevadans every day.”

Bill Brainard, a Sparks Republican, called Reid an obstructionist and disagreed that his leadership position is good for Nevada.

“You can’t just tweak the nose of the people in power and expect them to send contracts to your state,” he said.

But Ali said it’s more important for Reid – who is not up for re-election until 2010 – to track the movement of nonpartisan voters in Nevada.

“He’s doing a good job,” said Barbara Curry, a Reno independent. “The longer you are up there, the more pull you get for Nevada. And he does come back to the state.”

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