Today’s poll on moving the capital to Las Vegas (70-21 against) is the last of our results from The Mellman Group, which will be conducting regular surveys for The Nevada Independent. At the end of every series of poll results, we will post the entire topline and crosstabs.
To recap the results:
----Gov. Brian Sandoval’s numbers remain robust, with only 10 percent of voters seeing him as doing a “poor” job. President Trump had three times as many voters feeling that way right before he was inaugurated. Half of voters still don’t know who GOP gubernatorial frontrunner Adam Laxalt is, and only 29 percent of voters think Sen. Dean Heller is doing an “excellent” or “good” job. (One third of voters offered no opinion.)
----Only 8 percent of voters think Nevada’s public schools have gotten better during the last two years.
----Nearly 60 percent say the 2015 tax increase for education was a step in the right direction.
----Voters are divided on Education Savings Accounts: 45-43 against.
----Voters are split on repealing Obamacare: 49-44 for repeal.
----By 55-38, voters oppose the law raising room taxes to help pay for an NFL stadium.
----Two-thirds of voters support the death penalty.
----By 58-33, voters oppose Yucca Mountain.
----By 69-27, voters back increasing the minimum wage.
The poll of 600 likely voters was conducted with live interviewers between Jan. 12 and 15, and has a margin of error of 4 percent, with a 95 percent level of confidence.
The Mellman Group is an opinion research firm that has done polling for former Sen. Harry Reid, Rep. Steny Hoyer and other political and corporate clients, including many in Nevada. FiveThirtyEight gives the group a “B” grade in their ranking of pollsters and says their political polls historically tilt slightly Democratic. Mellman also polls for business clients, which are not included in the 538 ratings.
Editor Jon Ralston explains why The Nevada Independent hired Mellman in a blog post here.