Entrance Poll: Nevada GOP Caucus-goers Really Want a Political Outsider to Be President

Leah Barkoukis
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Posted: Feb 23, 2016 10:25 PM
Entrance Poll: Nevada GOP Caucus-goers Really Want a Political Outsider to Be President

Polls don’t close in Nevada until 9 p.m. PST but CBS News is already releasing findings from entrance polls about tonight’s caucus-goers.

Compared to Republican voters in South Carolina, New Hampshire, and Iowa, Nevada voters are the ‘angriest’ about the federal government.

Thus, it’s not surprising that 61 percent of Nevada Republican voters want the next president to be a political outsider—the highest percentage of the three aforementioned states.

When it comes to the most important issue, Republican caucus-goers in Nevada listed jobs and the economy at 30 percent, followed closely by government spending at 26 percent. Immigration and terrorism tied for third place at 20 percent.

Stay tuned for more findings from the entrance polls.

Update: Republican voters in Nevada are also older than their counterparts in NH, SC, and Iowa. 

More than one-third (36 percent) of Nevada caucus-goers are age 65 and older, compared to just one in four in Iowa (27 percent) and South Carolina (27 percent) and one in five in New Hampshire (19 percent) earlier this month.

The older vote has been a little less consistent. In Iowa, Cruz (27 percent) barely edged out Trump (26 percent) and Marco Rubio (22 percent) among voters 65 and older. In New Hampshire, older voters went decisively for Trump (31 percent), with John Kasich (19 percent) placing a distance second. Trump also took one-third (33 percent) of the older vote in South Carolina, with Rubio (25 percent) coming in second.