Over the last few days we told you that Ben Nelson will run for re-election in 2012. This is based on:
- Nelson's attempt to blame the Cornhusker kickoff on Heineman rather than himself
- Nelson's editorial in the Sunday Omaha World-Herald (a.ka., Douglas Street Rag).
- Nelson's filming of a commercial yesterday to be released soon to explain his vote
- Nelson's ego
We've also told you that Governor Dave Heineman will run for the senate in 2012, after safely being re-elected next whether against Mike Boyle or anyone else.
Now, before you hear it from Rush or others, we have the results of the latest Ben (Judas) Nelson Rasmussen poll which basically says Mort Sullivan could beat Ben (Not really, but had his name been part of the survey we suspect the results would have been similar).
Here are some of the highlights of the Rasmussen Poll:
- If Heineman runs against Nelson he would get 61% of the vote with Nelson getting only 30%.
- Only 17% approve of his Cornhusker Kickback, the deal he made on Medicaid in exchange for his vote
- 64% of Nebraskans oppose the health care bill with 53% strongly opposed.
- "Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters in the state believe that passage of the legislation will hurt the quality of care, and 62% say it will raise costs."
- "If Nelson votes to block final passage of the health care plan, he would still trail Heineman but would be in a much more competitive situation.... When survey respondents were asked how they would vote if Nelson blocks health care reform, 47% still pick Heneman while 37% would vote to keep the incumbent in office. Twenty percent (20%) of those who initially said they’d vote for Heineman say they’d switch to supporting Nelson. Another six percent (6%) of Heineman supporters say they’re not sure what they’d do if Nelson stops the health care plan from becoming law."
- "If Nelson votes to block health care reform, 10% of all voters would prefer a third-party option. Most of those who would prefer a third choice initially said they would vote for Nelson."
- "Overall, 40% of Nebraska voters have a favorable opinion of Nelson while 55% have an unfavorable view. Those figures include 12% with a Very Favorable opinion while 34% hold a Very Unfavorable view."
- "Twenty-six percent (26%) say Nelson has done a good or excellent job in the health care debate. Forty-seven percent (47%) give him poor marks."
- " Forty-two percent (42%) say their senator has been too supportive of President Obama’s agenda while 13% say he’s not been supportive enough. Thirty percent (30%) say he’s got the balance about right."
- "Sixty-five percent (65%) of Nebraska voters say that coverage of abortion should be prohibited in any plan that receives government subsidies. Only six percent (6%) want coverage mandated, while 22% want no requirements either way.
With numbers like these, Nelson would be delusional to think he could run for re-election and win, but for the reasons we noted above we believe he will. He will spend the next three years trying to prove he really is an independent minded Nebraskan by voting against cap-and-trade and immigration reform and by becoming a fiscal hawk.
Hopefully, Nebraskans won't be fooled by Judas Nelson. His sell out for his pieces of silver will have much more far reaching consequences for their health care and that of their children and grand children then can even begin to be estimated and the financial consequences will be devastating for the economy of the nation.
For more on the survey, see: http://mail.live.com/default.aspx?wa=wsignin1.0