Older Nevada voters are relatively split in races for U.S. Senate and governor but overwhelmingly oppose a major energy choice ballot question, according to a new poll sponsored by AARP.
The poll, which was heavily weighted towards registered voters over the age of 50 who are likely to vote in the upcoming election, found 44 percent of voters were likely to support Republican Sen. Dean Heller compared to 43 percent supporting Democratic challenger Jacky Rosen, with 10 percent undecided. The poll found a similar narrow margin in the state’s gubernatorial race, with 44 percent of voters supporting Republican Adam Laxalt and 41 percent backing Democrat Steve Sisolak, with 10 percent undecided and 5 percent supporting another choice or neither candidate.
But by an almost 2 to 1 margin, voters polled said they were opposed to Question 3, the Energy Choice Initiative. A full 57 percent of voters said they would vote against the measure compared to 28 percent in favor, with 15 percent saying they were unsure. AARP is opposed to the ballot measure.
The poll was conducted by Benenson Strategy Group, which has a B- rating with FiveThirtyEight’s pollster ratings, using live landline and cellphone interviews of 950 total respondents, including 754 people over the age of 50, and has a margin of error of 3.1 percent with a 95 percent level of confidence. It was conducted between Sept. 6 and Sept. 26.
The poll also found an even split of those who approve and disapprove of President Donald Trump at 49 percent, with 41 percent saying they strongly disapprove of Trump’s job performance and 33 percent saying they strongly approve of his performance in office.
Respondents also had a largely positive view of the state’s economy; 68 percent said they believed the state’s economy was getting stronger or staying the same, while 10 percent said it was getting weaker.
Editor’s note (Oct. 25 , 9:23 a.m.): The first part of the headline has been changed from “Elderly” to “Age 50+”. We regret that our young reporter thinks 50 is old.