CNN poll: Gender gap hurts Heller, Laxalt

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heller and rosenIf Republicans lose top races in Nevada, it will be because of women, a CNN poll released Monday suggests.

In the race for U.S. Senate, Nevada men prefer Sen. Dean Heller by a seven-point margin, 48 percent to 41 percent, according to a CNN poll released Monday.

And Nevada women prefer Heller’s Democratic challenger, Rep. Jacky Rosen, by 14 points, 52 percent to 38 percent.

That gender gap is enough to give Rosen a four-point lead overall among likely voters, 47 percent to 43 percent. Libertarian Tim Hagan was favored by 4 percent.

Thursday’s Senate testimony from Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh fell right in the middle of the poll’s Tuesday through Saturday polling period.

Prior polls have also found a dramatic gender gap in the Senate race. The Reno Gazette Journal/Suffolk University poll in July found Heller leading among men by a whopping 20 points, and Rosen leading among women by 16 points. That poll had Heller leading Rosen overall by one point, 41 to 40.

In the race for Nevada governor, Democrat Steve Sisolak leads Republican Adam Laxalt in the CNN poll, 45 percent to 41 percent, with Libertarian Jared Lord garnering 5 percent. Sisolak’s lead is built on a 50 percent to 38 percent lead among women voters. Laxalt leads among Nevada men, 44 percent to 41 percent.

The most important issue for men in the poll was the economy (27 percent), health care (21 percent) and immigration (20 percent). Health care was the most important issue for women at 32 percent, followed by the economy (19 percent) and immigration (13 percent).

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.

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