Retail Association Survey Shows Nevadans More Optimistic About Economy But Jobs Remain A Concern

CARSON CITY – The Retail Association of Nevada’s (RAN) latest survey, conducted on its behalf by Public Opinion Strategies, shows the number of Nevadans agreeing that the state is going in the right direction tripled from 11 percent in 2010 to 33 percent last week.

For the first time in the two-year history of the survey, more than fifty-percent of respondents feel that the worst of Nevada’s difficult times are over.

RAN President Mary Lau said: “Nevadans are feeling more optimistic with fewer bracing for worse economic news. While jobs and the economy remain primary concerns, most (73%) of Nevadans reported that their own economic situation had either improved or stayed the same in the past six months. While people are not feeling totally optimistic, the overwhelming pessimism shown in earlier polls is certainly receding.”

The survey also found that 63 percent of Nevadans approve of Gov. Sandoval’s job performance, a 16 percent increase since February 2011, and most believe that the governor understands the problems they face. Members of the state legislature did not fare as well, with only 38 percent believing that members of the state legislature understand their problems and a majority favor a new person (52%) over the current legislator (32%).

The poll, conducted from February 21-23, used a sample size of 500 likely voters, and has a margin of error of 4.38 percentage points.

The full results of the RAN survey can be accessed here.