December 15, 2021

As Governor’s Administration Determines Funding Allocation for American Rescue Plan Act Funds, New Poll Shows Nevada Voters Want Funds Directed to Education, Housing and Support for Small Business

Contact: Stacey Shinn, SiX Nevada State Director; 815-601-9998

Reno, NV: As the Governor and his team determine how to spend $2.7 billion in federal money from the American Rescue Plan, a recent poll commissioned by the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) shows Nevada voters want funds directed to help support Nevada workers and families by making investments in education, housing and small business.

“Nevada was hard hit by the pandemic and as the state determines how to use these funds, it’s important to understand the needs and priorities of Nevadans,” said Stacey Shinn, SiX Nevada State Director. “Our schools, small businesses and working families are struggling to recover. Nevadans want the investments to support a recovery and make an investment that will have a lasting impact on the future of Nevada.”

When asked an open ended question about the allocation of funds from the American Rescue Plan, voters identified schools/education (21%), rent/housing assistance (18%) and small business (11%). Education as a priority for investment cuts across party lines.

When presented with a series of options for investment, voters overwhelmingly prioritized support for funding: 

  • Apprenticeship and job training programs: 85% support
  • Food assistance for families in need: 82% support
  • Program to recruit, incentivise and retain doctors, specialists and nurses:  80% support
  • Infrastructure like transportation, water, utility and renewable energy:  77% support
  • Hazard pay for frontline workers: 77% support
  • Low interest loans for businesses with 5 or fewer employees: 77% support

TargetSmart designed and administered this statewide poll of registered voters conducted November 9-18, multi-mode live phone and online panel, email-to-web recruitment, matched to the TargetSmart voter file, total 573 completed interviews, credibility interval +/- 4.6 percent.

See slide deck here.


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