Poll shows Pillen ahead of Blood in Nebraska gubernatorial race

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — A new poll shows Jim Pillen several points ahead of Carol Blood ahead of Nov. 8’s election for governor.

Jim Pillen leads by 7 percentage points in the gubernatorial race, based on polling from Sept. 26-28.

The polling shows Pillen at 48% and Blood at 41%, according to an Oct. 4 memo from the polling firm, Data Targeting, to Lincoln-based Neilan Strategy Group.

Of the poll’s 1,340 respondents, 11% are still unsure whom they’ll vote for next month.

In the memo, Data Targeting notes that the 7-point lead seems tight. In 2014 and 2018, Gov. Pete Ricketts won by 18 points.

But the pollster believes Pillen has more room to grow among undecided voters. He cites the 12% of Republicans still undecided after a tense primary election and the 5% of Democrats left to pledge support for Blood.

The poll has a margin of error of 2.7 points.

Other issues, two of which will appear on the 2022 ballot, were also polled:

Voter ID, Initiative 432

  • 63% support
  • 31% oppose

Minimum wage increase, Initiative 433

  • 55% support
  • 34% oppose

Legalizing medical marijuana, failed ballot initiative

  • 63% support
  • 25% oppose

Neilan Strategy Group is a Republican affiliated consultant.

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