Kerrey Gets More Unpopular The Longer He Is Home

Welcome home, Bob Kerrey. The in again, out again, in again theatrics of the former senator’s entrance into the 2012 Nebraska race to replace Democrat Ben Nelson appears to have hurt Kerrey dearly, and the shenanigans over whether or not he’s truly a resident isn’t helping things, either.

Kerrey is way behind, regardless of which potential Republican challenger he is up against, ranging from 10 points behind state Senator Deb Fisher to 17 points behind frontrunner Attorney General Jon Bruning.  Even worse, he’s actually dropping in popularity since coming back to Nebraska.

According to the latest polling from Public Policy Polling, “Kerrey’s campaign rollout has not been a success. In October his favorability rating in the state was a +5 spread at 39/34. Since then it’s dropped 20 points on the margin to -15 at 36/51. Kerrey’s stayed steady with Democrats but has seen large drops with independents (from 47/24 to 36/38) and with Republicans (from 23/47 to 16/74).”

Somehow, despite winning over 12 percent of the Republican vote when in a head to head with Bruning, Kerrey is losing 18 percent of the Democratic vote to him.  That’s a pretty dire situation when Democrats are preferring a man who compared welfare recipients to raccoons.

If things continue in this direction, Kerrey could poll in the single digits by election day.

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Loretta R.
Loretta R5 years ago

Bill R., You have the wrong Kerr(e)y. You are talking about John Kerry of Massachusetts. This article is about Bob Kerrey of Nebraska.

Bill Reese
Bill Reese5 years ago

Mr. Heniz, is in trouble, and I would feel it is somewhat due to his presidenial campaign where he could not tell the truth about his military service. Of course he is not a Nebraskan, how could he be after marrying for the Heinz family money and leaving the state.

Jamie Clemons
Jamie Clemons5 years ago

insurance is not health care. mandated insurance purchase does not equal reform.

Mike Barnes
Michael Barnes5 years ago

A whole state full of people who don't understand how insurance works? People that don't understand that it's done by spreading risk over the widest possible base to ensure the lowest cost, because the industry wagers that more will be healthy than sick? People that drive cars with mandatory insurance (because the industry wanted it and lobbied for it) and wear seat belts (because the industry wanted it and lobbied for it to increase profits)?
Hard to believe even one person could be that stupid.

Jeffrey W.
Jeffrey W5 years ago

No Democrat has a chance in Nebraska this year, and it has nothing to do with questions of residency. Nelson sold the state out on Obamacare and the voters are seething.