Nebraska Governor: Heineman (R) Still Comfortably Ahead of Challenger

Rasmussen Reports

Republican Governor Dave Heineman still leads Democrat Mike Meister by more than 40 points in his bid for reelection in Nebraska.

The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Heineman picking up 66% support. Meister, an attorney who ran unsuccessfully for state attorney general in 2002, draws the vote from 24%. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate while six percent (6%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Early last month, Heineman held a 61% to 28% lead over Meister. The governor has received over 60% support from the state’s voters in all three surveys conducted since Meister announced his candidacy in July.

Heineman, who is seeking a second four-year term as governor, draws support from 91% of Republicans and 27% of Democrats in the state. Meister is backed by 61% of Democrats. Heineman holds a 19-point lead among voters not affiliated with either major political party.

The statewide survey of 500 Likely Voters in Nebraska was conducted on October 7 , 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

In Nebraska, seven percent (7%) rate the U.S. economy as good or excellent, while 45% rate it as poor. Twenty-seven percent (27%) believe economic conditions are getting better, but 48% say they are getting worse.

Heineman is backed by 79% of voters who believe the economy is worsening, while Meister draws support from 56% who believe the opposite.

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