New Poll: Nevada Hispanics Oppose Question 2

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71% of likely Hispanic voters surveyed said they would vote “No” this November

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 26, 2016

Contact: Austin Galovski Email: [email protected] +1 (585) 305-4070

[Las Vegas, NV] – A poll of 400 Hispanic Nevada voters reveals significant concerns over Question 2, which would legalize the non-medical use of marijuana for anyone 21 years of age or older. All respondents were offered the choice between conducting the survey in Spanish or English.

Statewide, 71% indicated they would vote “No” on Question 2, while just 26% said they would vote “Yes,” and 3% were undecided.

Opposition to Question 2 was strong throughout the state. It was opposed by Hispanic voters in Clark County (72%), Washoe County (60%), and Rural Nevada (73%).

It was also opposed by Hispanic voters in almost all demographic sub-groups, including those registered as Democrats (72%), Republicans (81%), and Independents (59%). This also was the case among both Hispanic men (72%) and Hispanic women (69%).

Hispanic voters aged 18-34 were the only group with a majority saying they were voting “Yes” on Question 2 (57% “Yes” to 35% “No”). However, those over the age of 34 were overwhelmingly in the “No” column.

A majority of Hispanics backing both major political party presidential candidates stated they would vote “No,” with 74% of Hillary Clinton supporters and 71% of Donald Trump supporters opposed. That was also true of the Senate race, with 77% of Catherine Cortez Masto supporters and 69% of Joe Heck supporters saying they would vote against Question 2.
“Nevada Hispanics — more than one-quarter of the state’s population — do not like Question 2 since it hurts their communities,” said Kevin Sabet, SAM Action’s President. “They see that it is all about making a handful of out-of-state investors rich and selling pot candy to kids, instead of about civil rights or personal freedom. And they know that kid-friendly pot products are the last thing they and their families need.”

Pat Hickey, SAM Action’s Nevada Coordinator, added, “The Hispanic community may also be waking up to the fact that their neighborhoods will bear the lion’s share of the costs of legalized pot. In Denver, most pot businesses are concentrated in communities of color, one of which has a pot business for every 47 residents.”

More detailed results follow:

QUESTION: Amendment 2 on the November ballot would make marijuana legal for non-medical purposes in Nevada for anyone 21 years of age or older. If you were voting on this amendment today, would you vote “YES” in favor of the amendment, or “NO” against the amendment?

STATE 26% 71% 3%

Clark County 26% 72% 2%
Washoe County 35% 60% 5%
Rural Nevada 23% 73% 4%

Men 25% 72% 3%
Women 28% 69% 3%

18-34 57% 35% 8%
35-49 24% 72% 4%
50-64 20% 79% 1%
65+ 14% 86% —

Democrat 27% 72% 1%
Republican 12% 81% 7%
Independent 35% 59% 6%

Clinton voters 25% 74% 1%
Trump voters 22% 71% 7%
Undecided 30% 68% 2%

Masto voters 22% 77% 1%
Heck voters 23% 69% 8%
Undecided 42% 56% 2%


This poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. of Jacksonville, Florida from September 12 through September 15, 2016. A total of 400 self-identified Hispanic registered voters in Nevada were interviewed statewide by telephone. All stated they were likely to vote in the November general election.

Those interviewed were selected randomly from a telephone-matched voter registration list that included both land line and cell phone numbers. All respondents were offered the choice between conducting the survey in Spanish or English.

The margin for error, according to standards customarily used by statisticians, is no more than ± 5 percentage points. This means that there is a 95 percent probability that the “true” figure would fall within that range if all voters were surveyed. The margin for error is higher for any subgroup, such as a gender or age grouping.


Democrat 229 57%
Republican 68 17%
Independent or Other 103 26%

18-34 63 16%
35-49 129 32%
50-64 132 33%
65+ 66 17%
Refused 10 2%

High School or less 185 46%
Some College/Tech School 99 25%
College Graduate 95 24%
Graduate Degree 12 3%
Refused 9 2%

Male 188 47%
Female 212 53%

Clark County 318 79%
Washoe County 52 13%
Rural Nevada 30 8%

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