In a hypothetical, definitely make-believe matchup for U.S. Senate in 2016, Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada would crush Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid by double digits, according to new polling data from Harper Polling.
The poll, which was conducted from July 26-29 and contains a margin of error of plus or minus 3.99 percentage points, found that Sandoval would beat Reid 53 percent to 43 percent.
The survey, which polled 602 likely Nevada voters, also found that self-described independents really don't care for Reid when give the option of Sandoval: Sixty-five percent say they'd choose the Republican governor over the Democratic majority leader.
Of course, Sandoval's not running for U.S. Senate, Reid has beaten a 55 percent approval rating before and the poll was conducted by a “a former GOP operative on Capitol Hill, running the polling operation for the National Republican Congressional Committee,” according to Ralston Reports.
So, the survey's findings require a bit more than a grain of salt; they require complete suspension of disbelief.
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Here, if it's any consolation, the survey also found that Sandoval will likely grab an easy election victory (56-34) in November over his opponent, Bob Goodman.
And a last note from Ralston: “There is a lot of other data in the survey, which pollster Brock McCleary said he paid for himself, likely as an entree into Nevada to try to get business. The numbers, demographics (43-37 Dem/GOP, 53-47 female/male) generally look solid, although Sandoval's unfavorable number (30 percent) seems a tad high (although possible). Harper is a former GOP operative on Capitol Hill, running the polling operation for the National Republican Congressional Committee.”
Here are the survey's results: