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Majority of Nevadans Support Mask, Vaccine Mandates

Three in Five Nevada Adults have been Vaccinated

PHOENIX (October 26, 2021)- With new COVID-19 cases on the decline in Nevada and the rest of the country, a new survey by OH Predictive Insights (OHPI) offers a fresh look at Nevadans’ opinions on mask mandates, vaccines, and overall perceptions of the pandemic.

OHPI gathered these opinions via their quarterly Nevada Public Opinion Pulse (NVPOP). This NVPOP was conducted October 5th to October 12th, 2021 and surveyed 857 Nevada residents (18+ YO), giving the survey a margin of error of +/- 3.35%.


The survey finds that three in five Nevada adults (61%) have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Another 12% say that they plan to get the vaccine, while 20% are refusing to do so. Looking at political ideology, the majority of both liberals (71%) and conservatives (58%) have been vaccinated – though there is a difference in the sizes of the respective majorities.

Overall, the majority (54%) of Nevadans say they would support the implementation of a statewide vaccine mandate. Analysis of survey results found that a respondent’s stance on vaccine mandates – like their personal vaccination status – goes hand-in-hand with their political ideology: 54% of self-described liberals are strongly supportive of a statewide vaccine mandate (75% of liberals support the mandate at least somewhat) while 49% of conservatives are strongly opposed to them (54% of conservatives oppose the mandate at least somewhat).

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Mask mandates have proven to be a divisive issue since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, and they continue to be so more than a year and a half later. In Nevada, nearly three-quarters (74%) of adults say they support the statewide mask mandate. Mirroring sentiment surrounding vaccine mandates and their own vaccination status, one’s stance on the mask mandate strongly correlates with their political beliefs. Liberals almost unanimously support the mask mandate, with just 6% voicing their opposition; but for conservatives, the number of those who oppose the mask mandate rises to 43%.


Children between the ages of 12 and 17 were authorized to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in May of 2021. Children younger than 12 have yet to receive authorization, which means that masks remain to be the prevalent protective measure against the Coronavirus for most elementary school students.

Sixty-one percent of Nevada adults say that they would support mask mandates for students. Parents of school-aged children (children under the age of 18) are largely supportive of school mask requirements, with three in five (61%) of these Nevada parents expressing their support.

“School mask mandates do not appear to be as controversial a topic among the group that perhaps matters most: parents,” said Mike Noble, OHPI Chief of Research. “With most school-aged children unauthorized to be vaccinated, parents in Nevada largely agree that face coverings are the best method to prevent their children from catching and spreading the Coronavirus while in school.”

Where Do We Go from Here?

COVID-19 cases may be on the decline, but many Nevadans remain concerned about the spread of the virus. Nearly half (46%) of Silver State residents are either moderately or extremely concerned about the spread of COVID-19. Just 14% say that they are not concerned at all.

Looking ahead to the next 30 days, 42% of Nevadans are expecting the COVID-19 situation in Nevada to remain status quo, believing that things are going to remain the same. A statistically equal 39% believe that things are going to get better regarding the COVID-19 issue in the state, while the remaining one-fifth believe that things are going to get worse.

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“The nationwide decline in new cases has many wondering if there is indeed a light at the end of the COVID tunnel,” said Mike Noble, OHPI Chief of Research. “Our survey suggests that Nevadans are unsure what turn the pandemic will take next.”


Methodology: This poll was conducted as an online opt-in panel survey. The survey was completed by OH Predictive Insights from October 5th to October 12th, 2021, from a Nevada Statewide General Population sample. The sample demographics were weighted to accurately reflect gender, region, age, ethnicity, and education according to recent Census data. The sample size was 857 general population (18+ YO) Nevadans, with a MoE of ± 3.35%. Numbers may not equal 100% due to rounding.

Media Contact:

Veronica Sutliff, Noble Predictive Insights,, (602) 390-5248

Mike Noble, Noble Predictive Insights,, (480) 313-1837

About Noble Predictive Insights: As a nonpartisan public opinion polling, market research, and data analytics firm, Noble Predictive Insights exists to elevate the world around us by empowering leaders and decision-makers with digestible data and actionable insights that translate to data-based solutions. We bridge the gap between research and strategy with customized strategic research, a hyper-focus on impact, and being true partners with our clients. Noble Predictive Insights (formerly O.H. Predictive Insights) is a 2023 Inc. 5000 fastest-growing company in the Southwest region, and is ranked in the top 15 most accurate pollsters as well as in the top 5 for lowest average bias in the 2021-22 election cycle by FiveThirtyEight. For more information, please call (480) 313-1837 or visit our website at


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