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Poll Finds Nevadans Divided On New Tax Proposal But Strongly Favor Education Reform Efforts

By Sean Whaley | 11:08 am September 26th, 2012

CARSON CITY – The results of a poll of Nevada residents conducted on behalf of the Retail Association of Nevada (RAN) show that 45 percent of those queried believe a 2 percent margins tax on business proposed by teachers will generate the revenues necessary to support public education.

But 49 percent say the new levy, if approved, would raise prices, increase the state’s already high jobless rate and hurt business, according to the poll by Public Opinion Strategies of 500 likely voters taken Sept. 19-20. It has a margin of error of 4.38 percentage points.

Photo courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration via Wikimedia Commons.

And when asked if money alone will improve Nevada’s public education system, only 22 percent agreed, with 73 percent saying the system also needs significant reforms.

The Nevada State Education Association is currently circulating petitions to take the proposed new tax to the Legislature in 2013, but a legal challenge to the proposal remains alive in Carson City District Court.

The poll found that 59 percent of those surveyed said the amount of taxes they pay is about right, with 22 percent saying taxes are too high.

And 58 percent said the governor and Legislature should raises taxes if necessary to avoid cuts to education and health care, while 32 percent said spending should be cut instead.

RAN began conducting the semi-annual poll in 2009, and many of the questions have been asked each time. In this way, the poll can give not only a snapshot of current conditions, but it can also identify trends by comparing results from earlier polls.

Poll information is then shared with RAN members, the public and state legislators so that the concerns of our state will be considered when policies are shaped in Carson City.

Among the other findings in the latest survey:

- Gov. Brian Sandoval is popular, with 62 percent approving of his job performance. But only 45 percent say the governor understands their problems, and only 33 percent say the Legislature does.

- A majority of those surveyed, 52 percent, say the state should not freeze the defined benefits offered to public employees through the state retirement system, while 41 percent say a freeze should be implemented to save money.

- The survey found that 48 percent of respondents believe that Nevada should opt into the Medicaid expansion provided for under the Affordable Care Act, while 44 percent say the state should opt out because of the cost and because the neediest residents are already covered.

- Asked about the conservative Tea Party Movement, 26 percent of respondents said they had a strongly or somewhat favorable view of the movement, with 35 percent saying they have strongly or somewhat unfavorable views.

Public Opinion Strategies (POS) is a national political and public affairs research firm. Founded in 1991, POS has conducted more than five million interviews with voters and consumers in all fifty states and over two dozen foreign countries.

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

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 2:00 pm February 28th, 2012

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.

Nevadans Grow More Pessimistic About Economy, Question If Elected Officials Understand Their Problems

By Sean Whaley | 2:19 pm September 20th, 2011

CARSON CITY – Nevadans are more pessimistic now about the state of the economy than they have been since early 2010, according to the most recent poll commissioned by the Retail Association of Nevada.

It shows that Nevadans were starting to feel a bit better about the economy earlier this year, but their mood has changed in the poll by Public Opinion Strategies released today. Seventy-seven percent of those surveyed said the state is heading in the wrong direction, up from 69 percent in February and 76 percent in September of 2010.

“So it’s a very pessimistic voter population,” said Bryan Wachter, director of government affairs for RAN. “It’s just kind of reactionary. I think it ties for one of the most pessimistic polls we’ve done since we started polling.”

The only more pessimistic results came in February of 2010, when 80 percent of those surveyed said the state was headed in the wrong direction. RAN started its polling in May 2009.

Mary Lau, president of RAN, said the survey, “reflects the continuing, brutal toll that the economy is taking on Nevadans.”

“We conduct this poll approximately every six months to gain information about how Nevadans view our economy and the state’s political environment,” she said.  “We then share this information with our members, the public and state Legislators so that the real concerns of our state will be considered when policies are shaped in Carson City.”

The survey of 500 likely voters was completed September 14-15 and has a margin of error of plus/minus 4.38 percentage points. It was conducted just before the release of the unemployment numbers for Nevada for August, which showed the third straight month of increases after five months of declines. The jobless rate rose to 13.4 percent in August, up from 12.9 percent in July.

Californians who lost jobs in 2007 due to a freeze. / Photo courtesy of FEMA.

“You can see where we were going, and there were a couple of optimistic points in the history of the poll, but we’re back to the more pessimistic side,” Wachter said. “It’s not surprising that these people are disheartened with the employment numbers, but it is surprising to see that respondents allowed themselves to get a little excited and then now we’re seeing that drop back off.”

The survey also shows that while Gov. Brian Sandoval’s approval rating is strong at 50 percent with 33 percent disapproving, the Legislature is not as fortunate. Thirty-nine percent of those surveyed approve of the job the Legislature is doing, with 48 percent disapproving.

And a majority of those questioned in the poll do not believe that Sandoval or the Nevada Legislature understand the challenges they are facing.

Fifty-two percent said they do not believe Sandoval understands the problems they face, with 41 percent saying he does. For the Legislature, 65 percent say lawmakers don’t understand their problems with 31 percent saying they do.

Among other findings in the survey:

Only 37 percent of Nevadans believe that the worst is over, compared to 50 percent who believed that in February of 2011 and 32 percent who believed that in May 2009.

Nevadans are also wary of increased taxes and government spending, with 64 percent saying there is still a lot of waste, fraud and abuse in the state budget. This same percentage says that increasing taxes and fees on businesses will result in additional job losses. Sixty-two percent say increasing taxes will harm efforts to diversify the economy.

Despite these views, 57 percent of Nevadans would rather raise taxes than cut spending if the alternative is cuts to education and health care, though an overwhelming majority of 71 percent would support a proposal to limit annual state government spending increases to the rate of economic growth in the state.

Public Opinion Strategies (POS) is a national Republican-oriented political and public affairs research firm founded in 1991.


Audio clips:

Bryan Wachter, director of government affairs for RAN, says Nevadans are more pessimistic than they have been in a long time:

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Wachter says earlier polls showed a bit more optimism from Nevadans, but not in the latest poll:

092011Wachter2 :22 drop back off.”