Independent Voters Remain Undecided in Reid and Angle Race - 8 News NOW

Independent Voters Remain Undecided in Reid and Angle Race

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LAS VEGAS -- The latest 8 News NOW and Las Vegas Review-Journal poll shows a virtual dead heat in the battle for a United States Senate seat.

Senator Harry Reid is in the lead, beating Sharron Angle 46-percent to 44-percent. Both campaigns saw their numbers improve as more Nevadans moved from the undecided column.

For the past four weeks, the undecided vote has been constant at or around 10 percent, as registered Democrats and Republicans now stand firmly with their candidates, those in the middle are still waiting it out.

If you recognize the name, do you have a favorable, unfavorable or neutral opinion of each candidate?

Senate

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Harry Reid 40% 51% 9% --
Sharron Angle 37% 45% 17% 1%

If the 2010 election for Nevada's U.S. Senate where held today, would you vote for:

  STATE MEN WOMEN DEM REP IND CLARK WASHOE RURAL
Harry Reid 46% 43% 49% 82% 9% 41% 50% 43% 30%
Sharron Angle 44% 50% 37% 14% 78% 41% 39% 48% 62%
Other 2% 1% 4% 1% 3% 3% 2% 3% 1%
None of these 3% 2% 4% -- 5% 5% 4% 2% 2%
Undecided 5% 4% 6% 3% 5% 10% 5% 4% 5%

"Because voters are just now learning about Sharron Angle and what she wants to do as the next senator from Nevada. We're confident we're going to start seeing those voters trend in our direction," said Ciara Matthews with the Angle campaign.

"It's the sixth straight poll that has Senator Reid winning in this race. I think he's winning because people are seeing he's working hard for the people of Nevada, he's doing what he can to create jobs, trying to keep people in their homes and get our economy back on straight," said Reid Communications Director Jon Summers.

After all the news stories and television ads, what is keeping those 10-percent of independent voters undecided?

Check out the full poll results

"Neither one of them have made any promises that would help our family. We have a family of six children and us and we are struggling in today's economy. Nobody wants to really help with the job situation. They say they will but they won't," said independent voter Jessica Walker.

"Just not hearing the right things right now," said independent voter Melissa Gilbert. "Stop going at each other. Work together."

But independent voters are not likely to see a softer campaign in this close race.

"It think they're also seeing a contrast with Sharron Angle, who has this vision of killing Social Security, getting rid of the Department of Education," said Summers.

"If you look at the number of people who have an unfavorable view of Harry Reid, it's more than half of Nevada votes who have an unfavorable view of him. There's not a lot he's going to be able to do to change their minds," said Matthews.

Recent polls from Rasmussen and Reuters are showing similar results.

As for the governor's race, you can see results from the poll in Saturday's Review-Journal.

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