September 20, 2016

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NEW POLL RESULTS — Ashford Enjoys Overwhelming Job Approval, Double-Digit Lead in NE 02

Voters widely approve of the job Brad Ashford is doing representing them, and this incumbent strength helps boost Ashford to a wide lead over Republican challenger Don Bacon in his race for re-election in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District. Voters from all parties believe Ashford is delivering for them as Congressman, and he has particularly strong backing from the Independent voters who typically decide elections in this battleground district.

Key findings from Global Strategy Group’s recent poll of 402 likely November 2016 voters districtwide are as follows:



  • Ashford has a double-digit lead. Ashford holds a ten-point advantage over Bacon (50% Ashford/40% Bacon). With just 10% of voters undecided in the race, Bacon has little room to close the gap before Election Day. Among Independent voters, Ashford is winning by a greater than two-to-one margin (57% Ashford/27% Bacon).
  • Voters approve of Ashford’s job as Congressman. Nearly two-thirds of voters (65%) approve of the job Ashford is doing in office. In a time of historic dissatisfaction with Congress, Ashford clearly bucks the trend with under one in five (19%) disapproving of his job performance.
  • Ashford’s high job approval extends across partisan lines. In addition to positive job approval ratings from eight in ten Democrats (81% approve/3% disapprove) and nearly seven in ten Independents (69% approve/15% disapprove), Republican voters are 16 points more likely to approve than disapprove of Ashford’s job in office (50% approve/34% disapprove).

Ashford’s broad appeal enables him to transcend voters’ partisan ties, as he leads in his race for re-election by ten points despite a neck-and-neck race for President in the district.



Global Strategy Group conducted a survey on September 14-18, 2016 with 402 likely 2016 General Election voters in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District. The results have a margin of error of +/- 4.9%, and care has been taken to ensure the geographic and demographic divisions of the expected electorate are properly represented based on past voter turnout statistics.