As a result of his vote for the Senate health care bill, Sen. Ben Nelson now trails Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman in a hypothetical reelection race by a two-to-one margin, or 61 percent to 30 percent, a new Rasmussen poll finds.
There are several caveats worth considering. Rasmussen polls have a tendency to be more favorable to Republicans; the election isn’t until 2012; and we don’t even know whether Heineman will challenge him.
With that said, there are a number of troubling signs for Nelson.
Among the poll’s findings:
— Just 17 percent of Nebraska voters approve of the Medicaid deal Nelson cut to secure his vote for the health care bill.
— 64 percent of Nebraskans oppose the health care legislation and 53 percent strongly oppose.
— 65 percent “say that coverage of abortion should be prohibited in any plan that receives government subsidies.” The language in the bill that Nelson voted for did not include such a prohibition.
–And another killer number for any incumbent: just 40 percent have a favorable view of Nelson, while 55 percent have an unfavorable view.