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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.

Holiday Spending Expected to be Up Despite Economic Downturn

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 6:36 am November 1st, 2011

Despite the state’s nation-leading unemployment, foreclosure, and bankruptcy rates, projections in Nevada point to a 6.4 percent increase in holiday spending this year, according to estimates by an information advisory firm.

“This projection of increased spending mirrors the growth seen in retail-specific sales during the first eight months of the year,” said Jeremy Aguero of Applied Analysis. “For several years, Nevada’s spending trailed national spending. This year, we believe that gap is beginning to close.”

According to the first Gallup holiday spending survey of the 2011 season, Americans expect to spend an average of $712 on Christmas gifts this year, which is essentially the same as the $715 projection issued last year.

However, this latest estimate remains significantly below pre-recession levels; in 2007, Americans estimated that they would spend an average of $909 per person. This figure dropped to $801 in 2008 and to $740 in 2009.

If Nevadans keep pace with this year’s national estimate of $712 per person, shoppers would spend an estimated $1.4 billion during the upcoming holiday season.

Mary Lau, president of the Retail Association of Nevada (RAN) said that based on recent taxable sales data released in Nevada, “We believe that consumer spending may be in a healthier place than it was last year.”

The annual growth rate in total taxable sales (including retail-specific and non-retail categories) is 5.7 percent for the month of August and 6.2 percent for the year-to-date; both represent solid improvements compared to the prior year.

However, compared to the same month in 2007, total sales remain down 13.3 percent for the month and 17.6 percent year-to-date. Taken at face value, these are grim statistics, but a look at trends in retail-specific taxable sales categories reveals several bright spots.


– Taxable sales of clothing and clothing accessories statewide are up 14 percent year-to-date (as of August) compared with the same period in both 2010 and 2007.

– Electronics and appliance store sales are up 9 percent year-to-date compared to 2010, and are almost on par with 2007 levels, trailing by just 3 percent.

– Sporting goods, hobby, book and music store sales are up 6 percent year-to-date compared to 2010 and down just 2 percent compared to the first eight months of 2007.

Clark County

– Sales of clothing and accessories are up 16 percent year-to-date compared to both 2010 and 2007.

– Sales at electronics and appliance stores are even with 2007 for the year-to-date and 14 percent higher than in the prior year.

Washoe County

– Recreation-related spending remains strong in the northern county, with sporting goods, hobby, book and music store sales up 17 percent for the first eight months of 2011 compared to the same period in 2007; compared to the prior year, sales are up 2 percent.

– Sales by miscellaneous store retailers are up 20 percent compared to the year-to-date in 2007, and up 2 percent compared to the prior year.

– Clothing retailers are reporting sales for the year-to-date consistent with the prior year (up 1 percent) and 11 percent below 2007 levels; while negative, the change is not as severe as that faced by other categories.

Rural Nevada

– Sales reported by non-store retailers are up 14 and 15 percent compared to the year-to-date in 2010 and 2007, respectively.

– Rural county clothing retailers are reporting sales up 31 percent compared to the year-to-date in 2007, and up 5 percent compared to 2010.

– Sales of electronics and appliances are up 26 percent for the year-to-date compared to 2007, and are about even with the prior year.

Halloween Spending Trend Should Help Nevada Retailers

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 6:45 am October 17th, 2011

Two trends could make Halloween a treat for Nevada retailers this year.

Halloween vintage postcard (circa 1920)

The National Retail Federation (“NRF”) estimates 68.6 percent of Americans 18 years and older will celebrate Halloween this year, the most in the NRF’s survey history.  Additionally, those celebrating are expected to spend approximately $72.31 on decorations, costumes, candy and other holiday items, up $6.03 from the $66.28 reported last year.

Assuming national trends aren’t playing tricks on Nevada, 1.4 million residents 18 years and older will spend money on the spooky holiday this year. If each Nevadan celebrating the holiday spends the expected average of $72.31, total spending in the state will reach $99 million.

The current year estimate represents an increase of 17.3 percent compared to last year when an estimated 63.8 percent of the population celebrated the holiday, spending $66.28 on average.

According to the NRF’s survey, 43.9 percent of Americans plan to dress up in a costume this year, up 3.8 percentage points from last year. And dressing up is not limited to humans. The concept of dressing pets continues to rise in popularity, and 14.7 percent say they will dress up their pet in a costume, up 3.2 percentage points from the 11.5 percent reported last year.

In addition, the survey reported that 22.9 percent of Americans will visit a haunted house, 73.5 percent will hand out candy, 47.8 percent will carve a pumpkin and 32.9 percent will take their children trick-or-treating, all up more than 1.0 percentage point from 2010.

However, the state of the U.S. economy continues to have a negative impact on the holiday for some, with 32.1 percent of Americans saying it will affect their Halloween plans, up 2.0 percentage points from last year.

The NRF noted that as a non-gift holiday, people can do more to celebrate Halloween without having to tighten their budgets too much.

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:

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Nevada Ranks 5th Best Among States For Doing Business, Says Survey Of Executives

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 12:57 pm October 25th, 2010

CARSON CITY – A survey of more than 600 chief executive officers who rated the best and worst states for business in 2010 has scored Nevada highly at fifth place, an improvement of one spot over 2009.

In Chief Executive magazine’s latest annual survey of CEOs for their opinions of the best and worst states for business, Texas placed first and California ranked last.

Business leaders were asked to draw upon their direct experience to rate each state in three general categories: taxation and regulation, quality of workforce and living environment. Within each category respondents graded states in five subcategories, as well as ranking each in terms of its importance to the respondent and how individual states measure up in the magazine’s sixth annual special report.

Nevada received an A- for its taxation and regulation policies and laws, and a B- for its workforce quality and living environment.

Texas fares competitively with Nevada and Delaware in terms of taxation and regulatory environment, but scored best overall, in no small measure because of the perception that its government’s attitude to business is ideal, the magazine reported.

In an interview on the Fox Business channel, Chief Executive magazine Editor-in-Chief, J.P. Donlon said California has ranked last for the past five years. The attitude towards business is worst in California, he said. Many CEOs would pick up and relocate if they could, Donlon said.

Ray Bacon, executive director of the Nevada Manufacturers Association, said the fact that Nevada is maintaining its pro-business image is good news for the state.

“We now have workers available, we have housing available, we have commercial and industrial space available, we have reasonable taxes (although that could change) and we have speedy permitting processes and approvals in most areas,” he said.

The rankings for Texas and California come as no surprise, Bacon said. Texas has created about half of all the new jobs in the nation during this recession, while the attitude of California’s government toward business is legendary, he said.

Election day will be critical to see if Californians wake up or not, Bacon said.

“If they don’t, they will go further into the ditch and keep Nevada in the depths of our recession in the process,” he said.

“We have an education challenge, but the Race to the Top application provides a path to correct our problems in that area if the next governor, Legislature and school districts take serious action to move forward on the implementation even without the federal money,” Bacon said.

New Poll Shows Lowden Still Leading, Angle Gaining in U.S Senate Primary

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 10:46 am April 23rd, 2010

In an automated one-question survey of likely Republican voters conducted for the Nevada News Bureau on April 22 by PMI, Inc., U.S. Senate candidate Sue Lowden earned 41 percent of the vote compared to 24 percent for Danny Tarkanian, 17 percent for Sharron Angle and 18 percent who prefer someone else.

The poll question read as follows:

This is a one question voter information survey being conducted by the Nevada News Bureau. If the election were held today in the Republican primary for United States senate would you vote for Sharron Angle, Sue Lowden, Danny Tarkanian or do you prefer someone else?

For Sharron Angle press 1, for Sue Lowden press 2, for Danny Tarkanian press 3, or if you would prefer someone else press 4.

2,675 individuals participated in the poll, and the survey has a + or – 5% margin of error.

According to a Mason-Dixon GOP primary survey taken in early April in which pollsters floated all the Republican candidates for U.S Senate and questioned 300 Republicans, Lowden drew 45 percent of the vote while Tarkanian earned 27 percent and Angle pulled in just 5 percent.  Chad Christensen earned 4 percent, John Chachas earned 3 percent and 16 percent were undecided.

The Mason Dixon survey had a +/- 6% margin of error.

Clark County Republican Party Straw Poll & Survey Results

By Elizabeth Crum | 1:36 pm February 17th, 2010

Finally, the results of the CCRP survey done on January 19 (read about the controversy stirred up by this and this):

Revised Straw Poll for release2-17-10

Snippets (some results left out here because they were Really low #s of votes):

U.S. Senate Primary result (error corrected as 0f 8:56 p.m.):

Angle – 49

Tarkanian – 48

Lowden – 46

Parson – 24

Other/undecided:  19

Everyone else:  5 or less


Primary in Shelley Berkley’s district:

Undecided – 65

Craig Lake – 48

Joseph Tatner – 46

Kenneth Wegner – 10


Primary in Dina Titus’ district:

Joe Heck – 116

Other/Undecided – 38


Gubernatorial Primary:

Montandon – 50

Sandoval – 44

Gibbons – 43

Other/Undecided – 43

More results if you click thru to the doc including the Lt. Gov race (Krolicki clearly the winner) and various issues.

One other interesting note.  A single “yes” vote was cast on each of the following:  Do you approve of the job Harry Reid is doing?  Do you approve of the job Dina Titus is doing?  Do you approve of the job Barack Obama is doing?

Does the CCRP have a mole in its midst?

(Just kidding!  Everyone calm down!!)

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe

By Elizabeth Crum | 9:22 pm February 11th, 2010

Thought I was done working, but took one more peek at Twitter and saw Ralston posted this a short time ago:

State employees asked to choose lesser of three evils

By Jon Ralston · February 11, 2010 · 8:30 PM

That’s what the state personnel department asked of state employees today in a confidential survey requested by lawmakers. Here’s the key question with the three choices:

In the face of the current and projected State budget shortfall, emergency measures must be taken to swiftly address State employee payroll costs. The options listed below are under consideration and would be in addition to the current furlough.

Please rank these options in order of your preference:

(1 = most preferred, 3 = least preferred)

4/10′s work week with additional 2 hour furlough

6% salary reduction

Eliminate holiday pay

Hm.  If it were me, I’d…do the math.  Although the four 10s would be tempting regardless.