Tuesday, May 12, 2015

New poll results are good news for the AZ Democratic party ...

... but bad news for Il Duce and his Sheriff of Maricopa. Public Policy Polling released the results of their poll done during May 1-3. The summary of their results follows.

Doug Ducey's off to a rough start as Governor. Only 27% of voters approve of the job he's doing to 44% who disapprove. Both Democrats (13/59) and independents (13/52) give him very poor marks while Republicans (49/26) are much less emphatic in their approval. Ducey's current approval closely mirrors the 26/41 favorability we found for him right before the GOP primary last year- although Republicans voters finally came together to vote for him in the general it looks as if there are still plenty who don't like him after last year's contentious intra party contest.

Voters in Maricopa County have gotten pretty sour on long time Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Only 38% have a favorable opinion of him to 53% with a negative one. Interestingly Arpaio is far more popular in the rest of Arizona- a 50/41 favorability rating- than he is in his own county.

For most voters the reaction to life in Arizona after gay marriage became legal has been 'no big deal.' 60% say it's had no impact on their life and another 14% say it's been a positive thing. Just 26% claim gay marriage being legal has affected them negatively. More Arizonans- 48%- support gay marriage than the 43% who oppose it and among voters under the age of 30 the numbers in favor are 71/16.

Voters in the state are very unhappy about budget cuts that have recently been made to education in the state at all levels. 63% say they disapprove of the cuts to only 24% who are in support of them. Voters generally think the current amount of funding for both K/12 and higher education in the state is inadequate. 64% think there is not enough K/12 funding to just 10% who think there's too much, and 51% think there is not enough higher education funding to only 22% who think there's too much. 52% of voters say they'd support a one cent increase in the sales tax to help restore lost education funding with only 39% opposed.

"Voters are unhappy with the cuts that are being made to education in Arizona," said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. "And that displeasure is showing up in Doug Ducey’s early approval numbers."

Oh, man! We should be able to turn this one to great advantage.

You can read about the methodology and check out the detailed results in the PPP release here.

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