A public opinion poll provides some encouraging numbers for the independent United States Senate campaign of Jim Jenkins.
Jenkins commissioned the poll by the MSR Group of Omaha that surveyed 618 registered Nebraska voters between May 27th and the 29th.
MSR Senior Vice President Rob Noha says several findings surprised him.
“I think one of the things I was most surprised about was that 56% of Nebraska voters said that they were likely to consider an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate,” Noha tells Nebraska Radio Network.
A willingness to consider an independent candidate and a negative attitude toward both Republicans and Democrats highlight the poll’s results.
Both parties carry high unfavorable numbers into the November elections. Democrats received an unfavorable reaction from 49% of the voters. Republicans don’t fare much better, receiving an unfavorable score from 47% of those polled.
A full 76% of those questioned disapprove of the way the United States Senate is doing its job.
Nearly 90% say the political parties have too much control in Washington. Eighty-four percent say Republican and Democratic leaders put their own interests ahead of the nation’s interest. Sixty-five percent say the two party system is broken.
Noha says a key figures for Jenkins are that 56% say they would vote for an independent and 52% say an independent could break the Washington gridlock.
“Well, I think this poll helps him in a number of ways,” according to Noha. “First of all, it shows that Nebraskans will consider Jenkins. A majority of them would vote for him. Obviously, the key here is he’s got to get his message out now.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]