Heller, Laxalt have slim leads in Reuters/Ipsos poll

By: - September 19, 2018 2:18 pm

FlagNevada Republican candidates have an edge over Democrats at the top of the ballot in a Reuters/Ipsos/UVA Center for Politics Poll released Wednesday.

Nevada U.S Senator Dean Heller held a 3-percentage-point lead over Democratic U.S Representative Jacky Rosen among likely voters, 49 percent to 46 percent. Heller is the only Republican senator defending a seat in a state that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton won in 2016.

The same three-point margin split the race for governor, with Republican Adam Laxalt polling at 46 percent, Democrat Steve Sisolak at 43 percent.

Both leads are within the poll’s 4-percentage-point credibility intervals, a measure of precision, meaning the candidates are drawing about the same level of support.

When asked who they would vote for if the election for U.S Congress were held today, the split was even, with 43 percent choosing both Democrats and Republicans.

For the survey, a sample of roughly 1,914 adults age 18+ from Nevada were interviewed online in English,  and the responses were weighted according to the latest government population estimates. The sample includes 1,039 likely voters, 465 likely voter Democrats, 444 likely voter Republicans, and 99 likely voter Independents

Healthcare and immigration tied among likely voters as the most important issue determining their vote ahead of the midterm elections in November at 24 percent, with the economy falling far behind at 11 percent.

Enthusiasm for the midterm elections was high with 45 percent of all respondents noting that they are “completely certain” the will vote in November midterms.The percentage of voters who indicated that they were certain to vote was even higher among likely voters at 72 percent.

On Trump, Americans remain squarely divided along partisan lines: Sixty-four percent of Republican likely voters said they are “very motivated” to vote for a candidate who will support President Trump, and 64 percent of registered Democrats said they were similarly “very motivated” to vote for a candidate who would oppose Trump.

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Jeniffer Solis
Jeniffer Solis

Reporter | Jeniffer was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where she attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before graduating in 2017 with a B.A in Journalism and Media Studies. While at UNLV she was a senior staff writer for the student newspaper, the UNLV Scarlet and Gray Free Press, and a news reporter for KUNV 91.5 FM, covering everything from the Route 91 shooting to UNLV housing. She has also contributed to the UNLV News Center and worked as a production engineer for several KUNV broadcasts before joining the Nevada Current. She’s an Aries.