Poll points up importance of Latino
vote in extremely close Nevada races
for governor, United States senator

By Jeniffer Solis
Nevada Current

Despite Republican gains with Latino voters in 2020, Latinos continue to overwhelmingly support Democratic nominees
in the state’s razor close Senate and gubernatorial contests, according to a new Univision poll.
Univision reported that Latinos represent 17 percent of registered voters in Nevada, making their vote critical in the
governor and U.S. Senate contests.
Among registered Latino voters, 60 percent supported Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto’s reelection bid, compared to 27
percent who favored Republican nominee Adam Laxalt. A small fraction of registered Latino voters, 13 percent, said they
were undecided or would vote for another candidate.
Results for the gubernatorial contest were nearly identical, according to the poll. Registered Latino voters supported
Democratic incumbent Gov. Steve Sisolak by 60 percent, compared to 26 percent supporting Republican nominee Joe
Lombardo and 14 percent who said they were undecided or supported another candidate.
Among all registered voters, the poll found what several others have been finding for weeks — very tight races in both
contests, meaning Latino voters will likely be crucial to determining the outcomes.
Cortez Masto holds a 2-point lead over Laxalt in the poll, garnering 44 percent support to Laxalt’s 42 percent —
effectively a statistical tie in a poll with a margin of error of 3.1 percent.
The poll found the race for governor just as tight, with Sisolak leading by just two points over Lombardo.
A survey earlier this year estimated that nearly 1 in 5 midterm voters in Nevada will be Latino.
Other subgroups of voters showed strong preference for some candidates over others.
Women preferred Cortez Masto over Laxalt by 11 percentage points. In contrast, men preferred Laxalt over his
incumbent opponent by 8 percentage points.
Women similarly favored Sisolak over Lombardo by 11 percentage points, while men favored Lombardo by 7
percentage points.
White Nevadans displayed a strong preference for Republicans, according to the poll. More than half of white
Nevadans said they plan to vote for Laxalt, compared to 35 percent who said they would vote for his Democratic opponent
Cortez Masto. About half of white Nevadans also said they plan to vote for Lombardo, compared to 36 percent who said
they’d vote for Sisolak.
Nevada voters with at least a four year degree were more likely to vote for Democratic nominees in the race for
governor and Senate. More than half of voters with 4 year degrees said they would vote for Cortez Masto and Sisolak,
while 39 percent said they would vote for Laxalt and Lombardo.
The poll, conducted by Sergio García-Ríos, director of polling and data at Univision Noticias, also asked voters about
policy issues like border security, abortion, gun violence, climate change, student debt and inflation.
“Our polls highlight the diverse opinions and decisions within the Latino community across the U.S. and the complexity
of the statewide voter sentiment,” said García-Ríos in a statement.
Latinos reported trusting Democrats more on a number of major issues, including gas prices, cost of prescription drugs,
immigrant rights, border security, abortion and gun violence.
The cost of living was the biggest concern among all registered voters in Nevada followed by health care.
Despite strong access to abortion in Nevada, the right to abortion was a significant concern for Nevada voters. Overall,
voters listed abortion as their third biggest concern, tied with immigration. Latino voters surveyed listed abortion as their
fourth largest concern.

The surveys were conducted by BSP Research and Shaw & Associates from October 11-18, 2022. The surveys
include a representative sample of all registered voters in Nevada.
11.02 pg 04 Latino Vote
Poll points up importance of Latino
vote in extremely close Nevada races
for governor, U.S. senator

By Jeniffer Solis
Nevada Current

Despite Republican gains with Latino voters in 2020, Latinos continue to overwhelmingly support Democratic nominees
in the state’s razor close Senate and gubernatorial contests, according to a new Univision poll.
Univision reported that Latinos represent 17 percent of registered voters in Nevada, making their vote critical in the
governor and U.S. Senate contests.
Among registered Latino voters, 60 percent supported Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto’s reelection bid, compared to 27
percent who favored Republican nominee Adam Laxalt. A small fraction of registered Latino voters, 13 percent, said they
were undecided or would vote for another candidate.
Results for the gubernatorial contest were nearly identical, according to the poll. Registered Latino voters supported
Democratic incumbent Gov. Steve Sisolak by 60 percent, compared to 26 percent supporting Republican nominee Joe
Lombardo and 14 percent who said they were undecided or supported another candidate.
Among all registered voters, the poll found what several others have been finding for weeks — very tight races in both
contests, meaning Latino voters will likely be crucial to determining the outcomes.
Cortez Masto holds a 2-point lead over Laxalt in the poll, garnering 44 percent support to Laxalt’s 42 percent —
effectively a statistical tie in a poll with a margin of error of 3.1 percent.
The poll found the race for governor just as tight, with Sisolak leading by just two points over Lombardo.
A survey earlier this year estimated that nearly 1 in 5 midterm voters in Nevada will be Latino.
Other subgroups of voters showed strong preference for some candidates over others.
Women preferred Cortez Masto over Laxalt by 11 percentage points. In contrast, men preferred Laxalt over his
incumbent opponent by 8 percentage points.
Women similarly favored Sisolak over Lombardo by 11 percentage points, while men favored Lombardo by 7
percentage points.
White Nevadans displayed a strong preference for Republicans, according to the poll. More than half of white
Nevadans said they plan to vote for Laxalt, compared to 35 percent who said they would vote for his Democratic opponent
Cortez Masto. About half of white Nevadans also said they plan to vote for Lombardo, compared to 36 percent who said
they’d vote for Sisolak.
Nevada voters with at least a four year degree were more likely to vote for Democratic nominees in the race for
governor and Senate. More than half of voters with 4 year degrees said they would vote for Cortez Masto and Sisolak,
while 39 percent said they would vote for Laxalt and Lombardo.
The poll, conducted by Sergio García-Ríos, director of polling and data at Univision Noticias, also asked voters about
policy issues like border security, abortion, gun violence, climate change, student debt and inflation.
“Our polls highlight the diverse opinions and decisions within the Latino community across the U.S. and the complexity
of the statewide voter sentiment,” said García-Ríos in a statement.
Latinos reported trusting Democrats more on a number of major issues, including gas prices, cost of prescription drugs,
immigrant rights, border security, abortion and gun violence.
The cost of living was the biggest concern among all registered voters in Nevada followed by health care.
Despite strong access to abortion in Nevada, the right to abortion was a significant concern for Nevada voters. Overall,

voters listed abortion as their third biggest concern, tied with immigration. Latino voters surveyed listed abortion as their
fourth largest concern.
The surveys were conducted by BSP Research and Shaw & Associates from October 11-18, 2022. The surveys
include a representative sample of all registered voters in Nevada.

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