Nevada’s working-class voters are more concerned about the economy than climate issues
Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada may not get the boost hoped for from the passage of the Cut Inflation Act, the biggest climate law in history, as voters in the working class focus on economic issues, according to the Washington Post.
Cortez Masto has courted climate change activists this year as the vulnerable senator seeks to secure her position ahead of the Nov. 8 general election against former state attorney general Adam Laxalt, according at the Post Office. Working-class voters in Las Vegas, whom Cortez Masot woos, are generally not very interested in the climate issue. (RELATED: ‘Meaningful Incentives’: Red States Set To Cash In On Democrats’ Green Power Bill)
Even among voters concerned about the drought, like office worker Melissa Salinas who may leave Las Vegas because of the issue, are also very concerned about the economy, according to the Post.
“I don’t buy a lot of stuff because I can’t afford it,” she told the Post. “I’m like, ‘Kids don’t need juice to go to school anymore. We’ll just make water.
I led the fight against drought in Nevada and just got critical resources to protect our water supply.
— Catherine Cortez Masto (@CortezMasto) August 23, 2022
In interviews with working-class voters, the majority discussed housing, gas and other rising costs, with few mentioning the Cut Inflation Act or even being aware that it included drought measures, the Post reported. The $4 billion in legislated drought mitigation funding to conserve water in affected areas, in part by paying farmers to reduce their water use, was defended by Cortez Masto, among a trio of other Democratic senators.
The issue of climate change has been ever-present this year, with 40% of registered voters describing it as a “very important” issue in March and August 2022, with the economy ranking much higher at 77% in August. according at the Pew Research Center. Gun policy, crime, health care, abortion and education are all issues that at least 15% more voters consider “very important”, according to the same poll, which has surveyed 7,647 adults with a margin of error of 1.7 percentage points.
Cortez Masto hopes his message will be heard as Nevada faces what Nature.com describe as the most severe drought in at least 1,200 years, the Post reported. However, if his climate message was irrelevant in November, it would be a sign that climate issues should not be of critical importance in domestic races.
Obed Castaneda, a graphic designer and Uber driver, told the Post he probably wouldn’t vote because it wouldn’t make a difference. He also said he felt he and many others were too busy working to know about things like the $4 billion in drought money, which he was unaware of before his interview. .
He pointed out that some of the Las Vegas Strip billboards could be used to educate voters, the Post reported.
“I want to see a fucking billboard on the fucking Strip,” he told the Post. “Do you have that much money?” Let’s see.”
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