More than half of registered Nevada voters agree with Republican Sharron Angle that the best way to improve the economy is to decrease regulations and cut taxes to allow private businesses to create jobs, according to a new poll for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and 8NewsNow.
And more than half of independents don’t buy U.S. Sen. Harry Reid’s argument that Republicans and former President George W. Bush are “most responsible” for the dire state of the economy, a finding that could help Angle win over those swing voters who will decide the whisker-close race.
But for now, Reid and Angle remain locked in a dead heat, according to the latest survey by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research. It shows the Democratic incumbent with support from 46 percent of those surveyed compared with 44 percent for his GOP challenger. That’s nearly unchanged from two weeks ago, when they were at 45-44, and falls within the margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
The poll shows the economy/jobs is far and away the top national and Nevada issue for voters in a state suffering from the highest unemployment rate in the nation (14.3 percent) and record home foreclosure and bankruptcy rates.
Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, said voters have clearly decided they aren’t happy with the Democratic policies of Reid and President Barack Obama. They haven’t revived the economy as much as promised, despite more than $800 billion in stimulus spending.
With early voting starting in five weeks, 6 percent of registered Nevada voters remain undecided, 3 percent picked “none of these candidates” and 1 percent chose another candidate.