Poll: Only One-Third of Nevadans Plan to Take Part in Caucuses

According to a statewide poll published today, only 33 percent of Nevada's voters said they would definitely or probably attend their party's January 19th presidential caucuses.

In a survey of 600 likely voters conducted for the Reno Gazette-Journal, 39 percent said they may not or will not participate.

Democrats are more likely to take part in the caucuses than Republicans - by a 40 percent to 31 percent margin.

Political analysts attribute the lack of interest in the caucuses to various factors, including the complexity of the caucus process and a general distaste for the presidential campaign.

Sixty-six percent of those surveyed said they were paying close attention to the presidential race, compared with 47 percent who were paying attention in August.

The poll was conducted November 16-19 by Maryland-based Research
2000. The margin of error is 4 percent.

Nevada will play a more important role in determining the nominees after its caucuses were moved up to January 19th, following Iowa on January 3rd and the New Hampshire primary on January 8th.

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