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Poll by GOP-aligned group: Voters less likely to support Lee over Trump impeachment

Riley Snyder
Riley Snyder
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Rep. Susie Lee speaks at a town hall

A new poll by a conservative nonprofit organization linked to House Republicans finds that voters in Nevada’s highly competitive 3rd Congressional District are less likely to vote for freshman Democratic Rep. Susie Lee if she continues to back the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

The poll was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies on behalf of American Action Network, a conservative-aligned “dark money” group that previously launched a $500,000 ad campaign targeting Lee over her support for an impeachment inquiry into the president.

The poll, which was reviewed by The Nevada Independent, found 53 percent of voters polled in the district would be less likely to support Lee over her position on impeachment, compared to 38 percent more likely to support her. A polling memo distributed by the group indicated that 64 percent of poll respondents had seen, read or heard about Lee’s position on impeachment.

The survey was conducted between Dec. 1 and 2 of 400 likely voters (200 over cell phone), has a 4.9 percent margin of error and voter breakdown of the poll was 35 percent Republican, 37 percent Democrat and 26 percent independents.

As of November 2019, the district’s actual voter registration breakdown is 36 percent Democrats, 34 percent Republican and 23 percent independent.

National Republicans have targeted Lee, who defeated Republican Danny Tarkanian in the 2018 election, as one of the party’s top pick-up opportunities in 2020. Her congressional district is one of 13 “won” by Trump in the 2016 election and now held by Democrats. Lee and fellow Nevada Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford came out in favor of impeachment in September, amid multiple reports that Trump pressured and withheld funding from Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky on a phone call in July as part of an effort to get the foreign country to launch an investigation into the son of former Vice President Joe Biden.

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