The Senate Majority leader is unpopular at home.
He’s in trouble with several states for bribing democratic senators for their health care vote and for the constitutionality of the Senate health care bill.
He’s in trouble with the GOP for his racist remarks during the 2008 campaign.
HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL POLL: More Nevadans unhappy with reform package and in Reid’s efforts pushing it
Declining support reflects Nevadans distaste for deals to win votes
Support for the health care reform package moving through Congress continues to drop among Nevadans, as does support among the state’s Democrats and independents for the work done on the bill by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a new poll commissioned by the Las Vegas Review-Journal shows.
That same poll shows nearly one in five Nevadans would elect to pay a fine by the government rather than buy health insurance under the new plan.
The poll found that 35 percent of Nevadans support the attempt to correct inadequacies in the nation’s health care system, a 4 percentage point drop from a December poll that found 39 percent of the state’s voters approved of health reform efforts.
In August, 43 percent of the state’s voters backed reform.
Among the state’s Democrats, 66 percent approve of Reid’s efforts to get a health care reform bill through the U.S. Senate, also down 4 percentage points since December. Democrats who disapprove are at 27 percent, up 9 points since December. Statewide, 33 percent approve and 60 percent disapprove.
Perhaps even more critical for Reid, President Barack Obama’s point man for passage of the legislation, is the fact that his disapproval rating among independents for his work on health care rose to 74 percent, compared to 53 percent in December.
Brad Coker, managing partner of the Washington, D.C.-based Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, which conducted the telephone poll of 625 registered voters Tuesday through Thursday, said the plummeting numbers for both the overall plan and Reid largely reflect a distaste by the public for the wheeling and dealing done to gain the 60 votes needed for the health reform bill to pass the Senate.
“Voters had been told things would be different under the Democrats,” Coker said. “They were actually told by (House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi that the ‘swamp would be drained.’ But this has been politics as usual. To get a bill passed, they still make sausage the way they always make sausage, and it’s not a pretty thing to see. The fact that Reid was leading the arm twisting hasn’t helped him.”
To get the 60th vote necessary to get the health reform bill out of the Senate, Reid negotiated with Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., who received numerous benefits for his state, including having the federal government pick up the full cost of a proposed expansion of Medicaid in Nebraska at an estimated cost of $100 million over 10 years.
It’s been a rough week for the partisan Majority Leader.
At least race hustler Al Sharpton has his back.