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8 News NOW / LVRJ Poll: Nevadans Weigh In on Economy and Immigration Issues

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LAS VEGAS -- Not unexpectedly, Nevadans indicate the economy is the dominate issue on their minds this election season. Poll results from the latest 8 News NOW / Las Vegas Review Journal Poll also show that Nevada residents would support stricter measures against businesses who hire illegal immigrants.

Do you recognize the following names?

  • Sharron Angle
  • Harry Reid

If you recognize the names, do you have a favorable, unfavorable or neutral opinion of:

  Favorable Unfavorable Neutral Don't Recognize
Angle 35% 46% 19% --
H. Reid 41% 52% 7% --

If the 2010 election for Nevada's U.S. Senate seat were held today, would you vote for:

  • Harry Reid, Democrat
  • Sharron Angle, Republican
  • Another party candidate
  • None of these

Candidate

STATE Men Women Dem Rep Ind Clark Washoe Rural
Reid 46% 38% 53% 88% 7% 33% 50% 43% 33%
Angle 44% 50% 39% 8% 83% 42% 40% 47% 58%
Other 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 4% 1% 1% 1%
None of These 3% 4% 2% 1% 3% 10% 3% 3% 2%
Undecided 6% 7% 5% 2% 6% 11% 6% 6% 6%

QUESTION: What do you feel is the single most important issue facing the country today?

Economy/Jobs 72%
Gov't Spending/Deficit/Taxes 9%
Immigration 5%
Healthcare 3%
National Security/Terrorism/Wars 1%
Social Security 1%
Social Issues/Family Values (abortion/gay rights) 1%
Environment --
Other/Not Sure 8%

QUESTION: What do you feel is the single most important state issue facing Nevada today?

Economy/Jobs 71%
Education 11%
Gov't Spending/Taxes/State Budget 7%
Immigration 4%
Healthcare 1%
Roads/Bridges/Transportation 1%
Environment/Growth/Sprawl 1%
Social Issues/Family Values (abortion/gay rights) -
Other/Not Sure 4%

Question: Who do you feel is most responsible for the current state of the economy:

  1. Pres. Barack Obama and the Democrats
  2. Former Pres. George Bush and the Republicans
  3. Both equal
  4. Not sure
  State Men Women Dem Rep Ind
Obama / Democrats 43% 55% 32% 9% 74% 55%
Bush / Republicans 42% 31% 52% 83% 8% 21%
Both Equal 10% 9% 11% 6% 11% 17%
Not Sure 5% 5% 5% 2% 7% 7%

Question: Which approach do you feel is the best way to improve the current economy?

  1. Have the government fund new jobs programs, provide more affordable healthcare and regulate big business and the financial industry from abusing consumers?
  2. Allow private business to create jobs by decreasing government regulation and reducing taxes.
  3. Not sure
  State Men Women Dem Rep Ind
New Govt. Jobs Programs 53% 63% 43% 17% 88% 53%
Private Business Job Creation 34% 27% 41% 65% 5% 25%
Not Sure 13% 10% 16% 18% 7% 12%

Question: When do you expect the Nevada economy to begin to recover:

Within the next year 12%
Within the next two years 33%
Within the next three years 23%
More than three years from now 25%
Not sure 7%

Which of the following comes closest to your view of the Social Security system:

  1. The current system should be maintained, even if it means increasing the amount of money people have to pay into it and/or increasing the retirement age to save costs.
  2. Retain the current system for those who are already retired or will retire in the next 10 years, but then adopt a new retirement system that relies more on individuals saving and investing their own money and less on government.
  3. Not sure
  State Men Women Dem Rep Ind >50 50+
Maintain 40% 37% 43% 65% 18% 29% 25% 49%
New System 45% 46% 44% 22% 66% 54% 57% 37%
Not Sure 15% 17% 13% 13% 16% 17% 18% 14%

Which of the following comes closest to your view:

  1. Immigrants in the United States without legal status are taking jobs away from Nevada citizens.
  2. Immigrants in the United States without legal status are primarily filling low wage jobs that most Nevada citizens would not consider taking.
  3. Not sure
  State Men Women Dem Rep Ind Hispanic Non-Hispanic
Take Jobs 54% 59% 49% 43% 66% 52% 28% 59%
Fill Jobs 31% 25% 37% 45% 15% 34% 61% 26%
Not Sure 15% 16% 14% 12% 19% 14% 11% 15%

Would you support or oppose placing tougher penalties on employers who hire workers that are no in the country legally?

  State Men Women Dem Rep Ind Hispanic Non-Hispanic
Support 89% 90% 88% 86% 90% 92% 85% 90%
Oppose 9% 9% 9% 13% 8% 7% 13% 8%
Undecided 2% 1% 3% 1% 2% 1% 2% 2%

Overall, do you think Nevada's economy would be better, worse or about the same if those who are not here legally were removed from the workforce?

  State Men Women Dem Rep Ind Hispanic Non-Hispanic
Better 46% 51% 42% 37% 57% 41% 13% 52%
Worse 13% 11% 15% 21% 7% 7% 17% 12%
Same 31% 30% 31% 31% 28% 40% 63% 25%
Not Sure 10% 8% 12% 11% 8% 12% 7% 11%

Would you support or oppose amending the U.S. Constitution in order to deny automatic citizenship to children born in the country whose parents are here without legal status?

  State Men Women Dem Rep Ind Hispanic Non-Hispanic
Support 57% 63% 51% 39% 71% 71% 45% 59%
Oppose 29% 25% 33% 49% 13% 17% 40% 27%
Undecided 14% 12% 16% 12% 16% 12% 15% 14%
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