RENO, NV (KOLO) The Monmouth University Poll was conducted by phone from June 6 to 11, 2019, with 370 Nevada voters likely to attend the Democratic Caucuses in February.
The fact that an out-of-state poll was conducted in the Silver State is news in itself.
“It received a lot of play in the national press this past week,” said Fred Lokken a professor in political science at Truckee Meadows Community College. “I was very impressed at the constant referencing and recognition of Nevada's early and very wonderful role in the primary caucus season,” he said.
The initial results may not be a surprise, as Joe Biden tops the list for support among those polled at 36%, followed by Elizabeth Warren with 19% and then Bernie Sanders at 13%.
Sanders did well in Washoe County four years ago, winning the county caucus.
Lokken believes Warren may be riding the coattails of Chris Giunchigliani, who ran for governor in 2018, but lost to the more conservative Democratic candidate during the primary. His name is Steve Sisolak, who is now governor.
“She is a very legitimate leader in the party, she has a clear basis for support; could not extract the Democratic nomination through the primary process but that support is still there,” said Lokken.
Biden is most popular among voters who consider themselves moderate or conservative.
Among very liberal Democrats, he gets 19% of the vote compared to Warren at 27% and Sanders at 26%.
Top issues are health care, followed by environmental concerns, jobs, reproductive rights, and then beating President Trump.
For Latino voters, 27% are in favor of Biden, 19% for Sanders, and 11% for Warren.
Latinos polled say immigration is their top concern, followed by health care.
Monmouth University Polling Institute's director says Nevada is the first state on the Democrats' 2020 calendar with an ethnically diverse electorate.
He says Latino voters seem to be up for grabs at this point in election season.
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