November 14, 2017

By Joe Jordan | November 14, 2017

Omaha, NE.—A new poll finds the GOP brand in and around Omaha  unpopular—numbers that arguably find Republican Congressman Don Bacon facing an uphill struggle going into next year’s re-election.

The poll, done by the left-leaning and sometimes questioned Public Policy Polling group, finds President Trump struggling in the 2nd Congressional District while Bacon is trailing former Congressman Brad Ashford by nine points—Ashford 49 percent to Bacon’s 40 percent. Those numbers mirror Bacon’s 48 percent unfavorable rating; 40 percent approve of the job Bacon is doing.

In 2016 Bacon beat then-Congressman Ashford by 3,400 votes (1.2 percent) in one of the country’s tightest races. The poll did not include—and doesn’t even mention— Kara Eastman, Ashford’s opponent in next May’s Democratic primary, and Eastman’s campaign isn’t happy.

While glad to hear “what we already know”— that Bacon can be beaten next year—Eastman spokesman Dave Pantos tells News Channel Nebraska that Democrats in DC are playing favorites.  “The House Majority PAC has failed to realize that there is a Democratic primary that takes place before the general election”, says Pantos. “Kara Eastman is running a grassroots campaign that is focused on giving the residents of the Nebraska Second a read choice for their next representative.”

The Bacon campaign has not been available for comment.

President Trump’s disapproval rating in the district is worse than Bacon’s. Fifty-four percent disapprove of the job Trump is doing, 42 percent approve. According to PPP, the poll done by automated telephone interviews has a 4.2 percent margin of error and surveyed 535 voters in the 2nd District on November 8 and 9.

Patriot Majority USA which bills itself as nonpartisan paid for the poll which also found Speaker of the House Paul Ryan with a 62 percent disapproval rating.

In addition the GOP tax plan came up short in the survey: 51 percent oppose it, 68 percent say it’s a tax cut for the wealthy and 65 percent say it will increase the deficit.

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