As State Legislature Goes Into Special Session, New Poll Shows Nevadans Support Action on Threats Created by COVID Crisis
Strong support for bold policy solutions to help working families and ensure the safety and accessibility of elections
As the Nevada state legislature is set to begin a special session to address COVID-19 related issues, a recent poll commissioned by the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) shows Nevada voters hold deep concerns over the risk that COVID-19 poses to their health, the impact on the economy and the election and they support bold policy action.
Voters Support Steps to Ensure Safe and Accessible Elections
Nevada voters overwhelmingly believe that the state government has a role to play in safely and fairly administering elections (89%). The majority of Nevadans report that they will vote either early in person (39%) or vote by mail (34%). However one-in-five believe that they will go to the polls (22% on Election Day).
Whether or not they are choosing to vote in person or by-mail, voters supported policies to ensure the election is safe and accessible for all eligible voters:
- Open additional polling locations to reduce crowds and lines (92%);
- Lengthen the window for early voting and allow voters to cast ballots in person up through the day before Election Day (87%);
- Allow any registered Nevada voter to vote by mail (74%); and
- Mail all registered voters applications to vote-by-mail (61%).
“Nevadans want this legislature to take action to ensure all eligible voters have the opportunity to vote and aren’t forced to choose between their health and their vote,” said Stacey Shinn, Nevada State Director for SiX.
The Role of Government in Issues Facing Nevada
When asked if the state government should play a role in some of the issues facing working families, voters overwhelmingly supported government engagement in:
- Safely and fairly administering elections (89%);
- Ensuring equal access to high-quality K-12 education (85%);
- Ensuring struggling families and children have access to food (84%);
- Stopping the spread of the coronavirus (82%);
- Equal pay for equal work (78%); and
- Ensuring access to affordable health care (77%).
Voters Concerned about COVID Impact and Strongly Support Bold Economic Policies
By a three-to-one margin, voters believe Nevada state government should invest more in its residents to ensure they are safe, healthy, and economically secure (58%) rather than state government keeping taxes low and cutting funds to key services like education, infrastructure and unemployment insurance (23%).
Nevada has been hard hit by the pandemic with over half of respondents reporting that they have been laid off or had their hours cut (52%). Nevadans report they are concerned about the people losing work and income due to the virus (89%), small businesses and restaurants closing down permanently (89%) and people of Nevada unable to afford their rent or mortgage (81%).
Given the current crisis, Nevadans support policies that will address the economic hardships being faced by many and make life easier for working families:
- Providing low-interest loans to small businesses to help them make it through the crisis (94%);
- Offering people in Nevada the option to buy into the same public health insurance plans that are available to state employees if they want to (90%);
- Limiting what drug companies can charge for prescription drugs (86%);
- Extending the grace period for people to pay health insurance bills before their coverage can be canceled (86%);
- Creating an insurance plan to provide paid family and medical leave for employees (79%); and
- Requiring workplaces to provide paid sick days to their employees (77%).
“These results show how hard hit Nevada has been by this pandemic. People all across this state are hurting and they strongly support bold policy action by this legislature,” said Shinn.
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