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Toplines - 2012 Nebraska Senate Election - December 28, 2009

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Nebraska State Survey of 500 Likely Voters
Conducted December 28, 2009
By Rasmussen Reports

1* 2012 Nebraska Senate Race

Dave Heineman (R)


Ben Nelson (D)


Some other candidate


Not sure


2* Before voting to approve the Senate version of health care reform, Senator Nelson made a deal on Medicaid payments for Nebraska. Do you approve or disapprove of the deal Nelson made on Medicaid for Nebraska in exchange for voting for the health bill?

17% Approve
62% Disapprove
22% Not sure

3* Generally speaking, do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and the congressional Democrats?

19% Strongly favor
16% Somewhat favor

11% Somewhat oppose

53% Strongly oppose
2% Not sure

3* What if Senator Ben Nelson voted against the current healthcare reform legislation being considered by Congress and prevented it from becoming law. If the 2012 election for United States Senate were held today would you vote for Republican Dave Heineman or Democrat Ben Nelson?

47% Heineman

37% Nelson

10% Some other candidate

7% Not sure

4* I’m going to read you a short list of people in the News. For each, please let me know if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable impression.

Candidate for the NE Senate Race

Very Favorable

Somewhat Favorable

Somewhat Unfavorable

Very Unfavorable

Not sure







5* When thinking about Senator Ben Nelson’s role in the health care debate so far, would you rate his performance as excellent, good, fair or poor?

6% Excellent
20% Good
22% Fair
47% Poor
4% Not sure

6* Generally speaking, is Ben Nelson too supportive of President Obama’s agenda, too opposed to the President’s agenda, or about right?

42% Too supportive
13% Too opposed
30% About right
14% Not sure

7* Should health insurance paid for or subsidized with government funding be required to cover abortions, be prohibited from covering abortions, or have no requirements concerning abortions?

6% Required to cover abortions
65% Prohibited from covering abortions
22% Have no requirements concerning abortions
7% Not sure

8* How would you rate the job Barack Obama has been doing as President… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

24% Strongly approve
14% Somewhat approve
14% Somewhat disapprove
47% Strongly disapprove
1% Not sure

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence