-Brian Sandoval continues to have decent, if not spectacular, approval numbers. 45% of voters in the state approve of him to 38% who disapprove. He's in solid standing with Republicans and continues to have an unusual amount of crossover support with 26% of Democrats approving of him. It's not clear that the Republican nominee next year putting him on the ticket would provide much of a boost in Nevada though- only 20% of voters in the state say that would make them more likely to vote GOP to 31% who would consider it a negative and 49% who say it wouldn't make a difference either way. Vice Presidential picks are rarely game changers, even in the selectee's home state.
-Harry Reid's approval numbers are about where they are every time time we poll the state- 42% of voters think he's doing a good job to 53% who disapprove of him. His numbers are highlighted by an awful 31/65 sprad with independents. I guess all you can say to that is God Bless Sharron Angle. The next highest disapproval rating we've measured this year for any Senator reelected in 2010 is Barbara Boxer's 47%.
-Nevadans are closely divided on both of the country's major protest movements. They see Occupy Wall Street narrowly favorably (42/40) and they see the Tea Party narrowly negatively (43/45). Ask them which of the movements they like better and it comes out basically as a split with Occupy Wall Street ahead 44-43, mostly because of a 51-42 advantage with independent voters.
-Las Vegas always seems to be in the discussion for getting the major professional sports team it currently lacks. If Nevada voters had their pick they'd most like a major league baseball to come to the state- that's the first choice of 27% followed by 23% who would like an NFL team, 13% who want an NBA team, and 8% who would most prefer an NHL team. Given football's transcendency as America's most popular sport it's interesting to see the support for baseball in Nevada- could we see the Las Vegas A's or the Las Vegas Rays some day?
-San Francisco teams win out when it comes to both the favorite MLB and NFL teams of Nevada voters. On the baseball front the Giants lead with 21% to 16% for the Diamondbacks, 14% for the Dodgers and Yankees, 13% for the Cubs, 9% for the Angels, 5% for the Braves, 4% for the Padres, and 3% for the A's. On the football front the 49ers lead with 19% to 12% for the Cowboys, 11% for the Packers and Raiders, 9% for the Steelers, 8% for the Broncos, 7% for the Cardinals, and 5% for the Chargers.
-Finally Nevada beats out UNLV 46-38 for the state's college sports program of choice.
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