Senator Nelson faces a challenge that is different from most of
his colleagues in the Democratic Party. He is running for re-election in a
state where George W. Bush remains popular. The President has a 61% Job
Approval Rating in Nebraska.
If the election becomes a referendum on President Bush, that
would benefit whichever candidate wins the Republican nomination.
Republican Governor Dave Heineman is even more popular than the
President with a 79% Job Approval rating.
Nelson is viewed favorably by 70% of Nebraska voters and
unfavorably by 22%.
For Ricketts, the numbers are 39% favorable, 29% unfavorable
and 32% with no opinion.
Kramer is viewed favorably by 32%, unfavorably by 33%, and 35%
have no opinion.
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The telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted
by Rasmussen Reports November 17, 2005. The margin of sampling error
for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points at the midpoint with a 95%
level of confidence (see Methodology).