July 20, 2021
- Gov. Steve Sisolak got a favorable rating from just over half of respondents in a new poll of Nevada voters released Tuesday, with better marks for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the state’s economy and slightly lower marks on the topic of race relations.
- Sisolak earned overall favorable marks from 52 percent of poll respondents, with 20 percent giving him very favorable ratings and 39 percent overall giving him unfavorable marks.
- The numbers were consistent across regions, age, and race/ethnicity but predictably diverged widely by party affiliation: 77 percent of Democrats rated Sisolak favorably compared to 30 percent of Republicans and 46 percent of independents.
- Still, the pollster saw the results as good news for the first-term Democrat.
- “For a Democrat in a perennial swing state that hadn’t elected a Democratic governor in the 24 years before him, Steve Sisolak is doing very well,” Mike Noble, the pollster’s chief of research, said in a statement. “His next challenge will be holding onto his high rating for the next 15 months until Election Day.”
- Voters also approved of the governor’s handling of the economy, though by a lesser margin, with 53 percent approving and 38 percent disapproving. The approval rate was the same among voters who cited jobs and the economy as the biggest issues facing Nevada, though that group’s disapproval rate was slightly higher, at 42 percent.