Poll gauges support for minimum wage, malpractice measures | NevadaAppeal.com

Poll gauges support for minimum wage, malpractice measures

Associated Press

LAS VEGAS – A newspaper poll has found Nevada voters favor raising the minimum wage in the state and might approve a trio of conflicting statewide ballot initiatives on medical malpractice.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal survey published Wednesday found 72 percent of registered voters statewide supported an initiative to increase the minimum wage to $6.15 from the federal level of $5.15.

Twenty-three percent opposed the minimum wage measure. Five percent were undecided.

The poll was conducted July 20-22 by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc. It had a sampling error margin of 4 percentage points.

Poll respondents supported two measures backed by trial lawyers that would roll back insurance rates and would ban caps on attorney’s fees.

Critics say the insurance measure contains language that would repeal medical malpractice reforms in Nevada, while the lawsuits measure would prohibit the Legislature from capping attorney’s fees.

Those surveyed also supported an initiative backed by doctors that would cap attorney’s fees and toughen medical malpractice reforms.