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From: Anniken Williams, Public Policy Polling®

To: Interested Parties

Subject: Nebraska Voters Largely Unhappy with Congressional Republicans;
Unpopular Senator Deb Fischer Vulnerable in 2018 Election

Date: November 14, 2017

A new Public Policy Polling survey finds that Nebraska voters are very unhappy with
Congressional Republicans, and Senator Deb Fischer is quite vulnerable headed into the
2018 election. Only 35% of Nebraskans approve of Fischer’s job performance, while 45%
disapprove, and 19% approve of the job the Republicans in Congress are doing. A large
majority of voters (73%) disapprove of how Congressional Republicans are handling the
issue of health care, and 56% disapprove of how they are handling taxes. When asked if
they think Senator Fischer deserves to be re-elected or if they think it is time for someone
new, 48% said it is time for someone new and only 35% believe she should be re-elected.

In 2012, Fischer won her election for U.S. Senate by a 15-point margin, but the upcoming
election is looking to be closer. In a hypothetical election matchup, Fischer (42%) was
leading against Democrat Jane Raybould (31%). After being given Democrat Jane
Raybould’s background and asked again who they would vote for, Raybould leads: 38%
said they would vote for Raybould and 35% said they would vote for Fischer. Once they
were presented with Raybould’s background, the number of independents who said they
would vote for her went from 38% to 51%. A large majority (71%) of Nebraskans don’t
yet know who Raybould is, but as voters learn about her background it is likely that
Fischer will become even more vulnerable.

Key findings from the survey include:
- A majority of Nebraskans (58%) think those with a business record of building
coalitions, staying within a budget, and creating jobs are better able to solve
problems in Congress. Only 21% said they think those who have been there for
several years and know how to get things done within the system are better able to
solve problems in Congress.
- Nebraskans want a Senator who will bring balance to Washington. 52% of voters
said they want a Senator who will provide a check and balance on some of Trump’s
more controversial plans and policies.
- Voters believe that Fischer does not mainly look out for the interests of regular
Nebraskans. 45% believe Fischer has changed and mainly looks out for

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Washington, D.C. interests and her political party, and only 33% believe she looks
out for regular Nebraskans.

PPP surveyed 1,190 Nebraska voters from November 10-12, 2017. The margin of error is
+/- 2.8%. 80% of interviews for the poll were conducted over the phone with 20%
interviewed over the internet to reach respondents who don’t have landline telephones.

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