-Dave Heineman is the only sitting Governor in the country with an approval rating in the 60s in PPP's polling. 60% of voters think he's doing a good job to 27% who disapprove. What sets him apart from most of his peers is that even with Democrats he comes close to breaking even with 42% approving and 44% disapproving of him. That's a rare feat in this era of heavy partisan polarization.
-Nebraska might have the most popular Governor in the country, but it also has perhaps the least popular Senator. Ben Nelson has just a 36% approval rating with 53% of voters disapproving of him. That -17 spread is worse than we've found for any other Senator in the last 2 years. Sometimes when an unpopular politician announces their retirement they get a bounce but that's not the case here.
Nelson's junior colleague Mike Johanns on the other hand is one of the more popular Senators with 55% of voters approving of him to 30% who disapprove.
-The most popular person with Nebraska Democrats? It might be Warren Buffett. 85% of Democrats in the state see him favorably to only 7% with an unfavorable opinion. He's at 65/15 with independents and 46/35 with Republicans, giving him an overall rating of 63/22. Not too bad.
-Buffett's numbers are impressive but he still can't claim most popular person in the state honors. That would have to go to Tom Osborne who has a 79/10 favorability rating. 53% of voters support Osborne's decision to replace basketball coach Doc Sadler with 11% opposed and 36% holding no opinion.
-Nebraska voters strongly support the Keystone XL pipeline and there's a bipartisan consensus on the issue. 60% favor its construction with 27% opposed and that includes support from Republicans (74/16), independents (48/37), and Democrats (46/37).
-Finally 51% of voters support Nebraska's unusual practice of allocating electoral votes by Congressional district to 30% who think they should all go to the statewide winner. Democrats (66/18) and independents (60/23) both strongly favor the status quo while Republicans (42/38) narrowly support shifting to a winner take all system.
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