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Frequencies (n=600)

Nevada Statewide Survey


The Mellman Group, Inc.
January 16, 2017
Hello. My name is [FIRST NAME ONLY]. I'm calling long distance from ___. We are conducting a public
opinion survey and I would like to ask you some questions. We are not selling anything, and I will not ask you
for a contribution or donation. Could I please speak with [ASK FOR NAME ON LIST. IF NOT
AVAILABLE, SCHEDULE TIME FOR A CALLBACK. YOU MAY NOT SPEAK WITH ANYONE
ELSE. First, in which state are you registered to vote? [TERMINATE IF NOT NEVADA]
[RECORD, BUT DO NOT ASK GENDER]
Male ............................................................................................................................................................
49
Female ........................................................................................................................................................
51
1.

How likely would you say you are to vote in the November 2018 general election for Governor, U.S.
Senate, U.S. Congress, State Legislature and other political offices -- are you almost certain to vote in
the election, very likely, about 50-50, not too likely, not at all likely, or aren't you sure?
almost certain ..............................................................................................................................................
78
very likely ...................................................................................................................................................
22
about 50-50 .................................................................................................................................................
[TERMINATE]
not too likely ...............................................................................................................................................
[TERMINATE]
not at all likely.............................................................................................................................................
[TERMINATE]
dk/not sure ...................................................................................................................................................
[TERMINATE]

As a public official do you think ______ [READ NAME FROM LIST] is doing an excellent job, a good job,
only a fair job, or a poor job, or aren't you sure? If you are not sure how good a job ______[READ NAME] is
doing just say so
Excel

Only

[ROTATE BY QUESTION Q.2-Q.6]


very
smwt
smwt Fair
very Poordont DK
-lent Good
POS
NEG
2. __President-Elect Donald Trump ...............................................................................................................
17
14
10
31
27
32
41
3. __Governor Brian Sandoval .......................................................................................................................
15
34
29
10
12
49
39
4. __U.S. Senator Dean Heller........................................................................................................................
5
24
26
14
31
29
40
5. __U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto .....................................................................................................
9
20
18
16
36
30
34
6. __Attorney General Adam Laxalt ..............................................................................................................
6
17
18
8
51
23
26
7.

never

In the past two years, do you feel that the quality of Nevadas public schools has gotten better, gotten
worse, or stayed about the same?
Gotten better ...............................................................................................................................................
8
Stayed the same ..........................................................................................................................................
36
Gotten worse ...............................................................................................................................................
38
[VOL] DK ..................................................................................................................................................
17

8. In 2015, a state law was passed that increased state taxes to fund education programs and changes to
Nevadas K thru 12 public school system. Do you think this new law was a step in the right
direction or wrong direction in improving Nevadas public school system? [IF RIGHT/WRONG
DIRECTION] Do you feel that way strongly or not so strongly?
Right direction, strongly .............................................................................................................................
36
Right direction, not so strongly ...................................................................................................................
23
Wrong direction, not so strongly.................................................................................................................
8
Wrong direction, strongly ...........................................................................................................................
18
[VOL] Dont know .....................................................................................................................................
15
NET RIGHT DIRECTION ......................................................................................................................
60
NET WRONG DIRECTION ...................................................................................................................
26

Nevada Statewide Survey (January 2017)

9.

In 2015, Governor Sandoval and the state legislature passed a law establishing Education Savings
Accounts, which would give parents $5,000 dollar grants to send their children to private schools. With
whom do you agree with more?
[ROTATE STATEMENTS]
__Supporters of this new law, who say that it allows parents to remove their children from failing public
schools and send them to the private school of their choice.
OR
__Opponents of this new law, who say that it takes needed funds away from public schools and gives it
to unaccountable private and religious schools instead.
[IF SUPPORTERS/OPPONENTS] Do you feel that way strongly or not so strongly?
Agree with supporters, strongly ..................................................................................................................
32
Agree with supporters, not so strongly .......................................................................................................
11
Agree with opponents, not so strongly........................................................................................................
13
Agree with opponents, strongly ..................................................................................................................
32
[VOL] DK...................................................................................................................................................
12
NET AGREE WITH SUPPORTERS .....................................................................................................
43
NET AGREE WITH OPPONENTS .......................................................................................................
45

10.

Thinking specifically about the 2010 health care law, also known as the Affordable Care Act and
sometimes referred to as Obamacare Do you think the next Congress should vote to repeal the 2010
health care law, or should they not vote to repeal it?
Yes, vote to repeal law ...............................................................................................................................
49
No, should not vote to repeal ......................................................................................................................
44
[VOL] DK/ref ............................................................................................................................................
7

[ASK Q.11 ONLY IF Q.10=1, YES, VOTE TO REPEAL LAW]


11. Should lawmakers [ROTATE] __vote to repeal the law immediately and work out the details of a
replacement plan later, or should lawmakers __wait to vote to repeal the law until the details of a
replacement plan have been announced?
Vote to repeal law immediately, work out details later ..............................................................................
48
Wait to vote to repeal until details of replacement plan announced ...........................................................
49
[VOL] DK/ref ............................................................................................................................................
3
[Q.10 & Q.11 COMBINED]
Vote to repeal law immediately, work out details later .............................................................................
24
Wait to vote to repeal until details of replacement plan announced ...........................................................
24
Repeal, but DK on timing ...........................................................................................................................
2
Should not vote to repeal ............................................................................................................................
44
[VOL] DK/ref ............................................................................................................................................
7

Nevada Statewide Survey (January 2017)

[RESUME ASKING EVERYBODY]


12. As you may know, the Nevada State Legislature recently passed a law to increase the Clark County
hotel tax to raise $750 million dollars for a new stadium in Las Vegas to house the Raiders NFL football
team. Do you favor or oppose this law? [IF FAVOR/OPPOSE] Do you (favor/oppose) this law
strongly or not so strongly?
Favor, strongly ............................................................................................................................................
25
Favor, not so strongly..................................................................................................................................
13
Oppose, not so strongly...............................................................................................................................
10
Oppose, strongly .........................................................................................................................................
45
[VOL] DK...................................................................................................................................................
7
NET FAVOR .............................................................................................................................................
38
NET OPPOSE ...........................................................................................................................................
55
13. As you may know, Nevada currently has the death penalty for first-degree murder. Should the state
legislature keep the death penalty, or should they abolish the death penalty and replace it with a life
sentence without the possibility of parole? [IF KEEP/ABOLISH] Do you feel this way strongly or not
so strongly?
Keep death penalty, strongly.......................................................................................................................
59
Keep death penalty, not so strongly ............................................................................................................
7
Abolish death penalty, not so strongly ........................................................................................................
5
Abolish death penalty, strongly ..................................................................................................................
22
[VOL] DK...................................................................................................................................................
7
NET KEEP DEATH PENALTY .............................................................................................................
66
NET ABOLISH DEATH PENALTY ......................................................................................................
27
14. As you may know, there has been renewed discussion about government plans to store nuclear waste at
Yucca Mountain in the Nevada desert. I am going to read you what some people are saying about this,
and then ask whether you favor or oppose putting a nuclear storage facility at Yucca Mountain.
[ROTATE STATEMENTS]
__Supporters say that the Yucca Mountain program can help develop Nevadas economy and create
thousands of new jobs
__Opponents say that transporting and storing nuclear waste is dangerous, and Nevada shouldnt be our
countrys nuclear waste dumping ground
Do you favor or oppose the plan to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain? [IF FAVOR/OPPOSE]
Do you (favor/oppose) this plan strongly or not so strongly?
Favor, strongly ............................................................................................................................................
23
Favor, not so strongly..................................................................................................................................
10
Oppose, not so strongly...............................................................................................................................
7
Oppose, strongly .........................................................................................................................................
51
[VOL] DK...................................................................................................................................................
9
NET FAVOR .............................................................................................................................................
33
NET OPPOSE ...........................................................................................................................................
58

Nevada Statewide Survey (January 2017)

15. As you may know, there has been discussion recently about increasing Nevadas minimum wage.
Nevadas minimum wage is currently 7 dollars and 25 cents an hour if an employer offers health
insurance and 8 dollars and 25 cents an hour if an employer does not offer health insurance. Should the
state increase Nevadas minimum wage or keep it at its current level? [IF INCREASE/KEEP AT
CURRENT LEVEL] Do you feel that way strongly or not so strongly?
Increase minimum wage, strongly ..............................................................................................................
59
Increase minimum wage, not so strongly....................................................................................................
11
Keep at current level, not so strongly .........................................................................................................
5
Keep at current level, strongly ....................................................................................................................
22
[VOL] DK...................................................................................................................................................
3
NET INCREASE MINIMUM WAGE ....................................................................................................
69
NET KEEP AT CURRENT LEVEL.......................................................................................................
27
16. Nevadas state capital is currently in Carson City. Some have proposed moving the state capital to Las
Vegas. Do you think the state should keep the state capital in Carson City or move the state capital to
Las Vegas? [IF KEEP IN CARSON CITY/MOVE TO LAS VEGAS] Do you feel that way strongly
or not so strongly?
Keep state capital in Carson City, strongly .................................................................................................
66
Keep state capital in Carson City, not so strongly ......................................................................................
4
Move state capital to Las Vegas, not so strongly ........................................................................................
6
Move state capital to Las Vegas, strongly ..................................................................................................
14
[VOL] DK...................................................................................................................................................
9
NET KEEP IN CARSON CITY ..............................................................................................................
70
NET MOVE TO LAS VEGAS .................................................................................................................
21
THANK YOU. THE FEW REMAINING QUESTIONS ARE FOR STATISTICAL PURPOSES ONLY.
17.

Generally speaking, do you think of yourself as a Republican, a Democrat, an independent, or


something else? [IF REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT ASK:] Do you consider yourself a strong
(Republican/Democrat) or a not so strong (Republican/Democrat)? [IF INDEPENDENT ASK:]
Would you say that you lean more toward the Republicans or more toward the Democrats?
strong Republican ..........................................................24
not so strong Republican ............................................... 6
independent leans Republican ....................................... 6
independent....................................................................24
independent leans Democratic ....................................... 5
not so strong Democrat .................................................. 6
strong Democrat ............................................................23
dk/na/other ..................................................................... 4
NET REPUBLICAN ................................................................................................................................
37
NET DEMOCRAT ...................................................................................................................................
35
Party Affiliation (from voter file):
Democrat .......................................................................40
Republican .....................................................................40
NPA/Other .....................................................................20

Nevada Statewide Survey (January 2017)

18.

Do you consider yourself very liberal, somewhat liberal, moderate, somewhat conservative or very
conservative? [IF MODERATE, ASK:] Do you tend to lean toward the liberal or conservative side?
very liberal .....................................................................13
somewhat liberal ............................................................11
moderate leans liberal .................................................... 8
moderate ........................................................................27
moderate leans conservative .......................................... 6
somewhat conservative ..................................................15
very conservative ...........................................................16
dk/ref.............................................................................. 3
NET LIBERAL .........................................................................................................................................
32
NET CONSERVATIVE ...........................................................................................................................
38

19.

What is your age? [CODE ACTUAL AGE. REFUSED=99] ______


18-29 ..............................................................................13
30-39 ..............................................................................13
40-49 ..............................................................................14
50-59 ..............................................................................19
60+ .................................................................................40
Ref/Unk ......................................................................... 0

20.

What was the last level of schooling you completed?


less than high school graduate ....................................... 1
high school graduate ......................................................18
vocational training/vocational school ............................ 5
some college, but no degree ..........................................25
a 2-year or associate degree ...........................................14
a 4-year or bachelors degree ........................................24
a post-graduate degree ...................................................13
na/ref .............................................................................. 1
NET HS OR LESS ....................................................................................................................................
19
NET VOCATIONAL/SOME COLL/2 YEAR .......................................................................................
43
NET FOUR YEAR DEGREE+ ...............................................................................................................
37

21.

Are you Latino, Hispanic, or of Spanish descent?


yes ..................................................................................15
no ...................................................................................84
dk ................................................................................... 1

22.

Are you black, white, Asian, Native American or some other race?
black .............................................................................. 7
white ..............................................................................70
Asian .............................................................................. 3
Native American ............................................................ 1
other ...............................................................................16
ref ................................................................................... 3

23.

What is your zip code? __________

Thank you for answering these questions.