Nebraska Voters’ Outlook is commissioned by the Institute and conducted in partnership with Patinkin Research Strategies, LLC July 26 – July 30, 2021 among 592 registered voters across the state. Full results are available here. View the research memo here. Press release available here.
These results come just six months after a January 2021 Nebraska Voters’ Outlook survey spotlighted large shifts to majority disapproval for state government, leaders, and policy amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and rise of the delta variant.
National trends, including increased access to paid leave and spikes in child care costs show up here in state policy perception. Majorities continue to believe state government is failing to deliver on paid leave (56% negative); reasonable wages (58% negative); child care affordability (58% negative); and affordable college tuition (59% negative). Providing high quality public education evenly splits surveyed Nebraskans at 48% positive versus negative.
While Nebraskans favor policies which benefit themselves and their families, significant majorities also believe “unemployment assistance” (49% vs. 22%); “healthcare,” (64% vs. 8%); and “food assistance” (49% vs. 22%) are ‘extremely’ or ‘very important.’