Poll: Most Nebraskans Favor Tea Party Favorite Sasse

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Friday, 16 May 2014 03:13 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Nebraska Republican primary winner Ben Sasse is holding a 17-point lead over his Democratic opponent David Domina in Nebraska's Senate race, the latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey says.

The survey of 750 likely voters reveals 51 percent support Sasse, to Domina's 34 percent. Another 5 percent still like some other candidate, and 10 percent remain undecided.

Sasse, a university professor, also led Domina by 25 points, at 52 percent to 27 percent during Rasmussen's first look at the race in April.

Sasse took the GOP nomination in Nebraska on Tuesday, taking 49 percent of the vote in a five-way race, while Domina took the Democratic nomination over one opponent, capturing 67 percent of the vote.

The winner in November will replace retiring Republican Sen. Mike Johanns, and Sasse, a tea party favorite, is expected to capture the seat in the heavily Republican state.

The Rasmussen poll found that Sasse is supported by 78 percent of Republicans, while 74 percent of the state's Democrats are for Domina. Meanwhile, Sasse is also carrying voters not affiliated with either party by 11 points.

The ongoing battle over approval of the Keystone XL pipeline is also affecting the race. Fifty-seven percent of the voters polled favor building the pipeline, while 37 percent are opposed, including 35 percent who strongly favor the pipeline and 23 percent strongly oppose.

And of those who strongly favor the pipeline, 76 percent favor Sasse, while Domina has the backing of 67 percent who strongly oppose it.

Domina is also suffering some name recognition issues in Nebraska, with 33 percent of voters saying they had never heard of him, compared to 6 percent who never heard of Sasse.

Obamacare will also have an impact on the election. Sixty percent of Nebraskans favor the healthcare plan unfavorably, but among the people who view it very favorably, 85 percent would vote for Domina. But they would be shut out by the 86 percent of voters who are against Obamacare supporting Sasse.

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