Angle's Views Don't Poll So Well, Nationally

By Chris Good
It's no secret that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wanted to run against Sharron Angle in the fall, and some new polling shows he was correct in that preference. Angle has some not-so-moderate views, shared by some fellow Tea Partiers, like eliminating the Department of Education and phasing out Social Security, and those stances didn't fare too well in a national NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, Hotline OnCall's Reid Wilson reports:

Just 9% of voters say they would be enthusiastic about a candidate who advocated for privatizing Social Security, while another 15% said they were comfortable with that stand. Fully 48% said they were "very uncomfortable," while another 18% said that position caused "some reservations."...

Abolishing certain federal agencies, like the Department of Education, also gets low marks. 46% say they are very uncomfortable with that idea, while only 25% are enthusiastic or comfortable with that position.

Nevadans might see things differently, but when Angle's critics categorize these views as being out of the mainstream, the polling shows they're right.

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