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Harry Reid: 'We're ahead virtually all over the country'

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid maintained that his party's candidates lead "virtually all over the country," rejecting polls that undermine that claim as compromised by bad methodology.

"We're ahead virtually all over the country," Reid replied during a Senate briefing when asked about a Pew poll showing that the current political environment is more hostile towards Democrats than in 2010. "I don't need to run through the states with you, but, we're doing okay."

Reid said recent polls aren't reliable because pollsters can't get in touch with a lot of voters who use cellphones. "I read in, I think it was People magazine — one of my chief reading guides — that about 40 percent of the people no longer have landline phones," the Nevada Democrat said, before telling a story about asking a pollster how they account for such voters. "You know what they said they do? They mathematically calculate what they think the answers would be if they got through to those people. I'd a lot rather have my method than theirs."

The Pew poll found that most Americans don't want to see President Obama's policies continued. "Sixty-five percent wanted the next president to have different programs or policies from those of the Obama administration, versus 30 percent who wanted similar ones," the Washington Examiner's Charles Hoskinson noted.

Business Insider's Brett Logiurato suggested Pew had produced the worst poll yet for Democrats. "As has been seen in other polls showing trouble for Democrats this year, the party is hampered by a lack of enthusiasm," Business Insider noted. "For example, only 31 percent of Democratic voters say their vote is 'for' Obama. In 2010, that number was 47 percent."

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