Saturday, April 2, 2016

New poll exposes disconnect between voters opposing dark money and legislators favoring dark money

A new poll shows that, while the majority of Republican legislators voted in favor of the campaign finance bills the governor signed, a super majority of voters, including Republican voters, are firmly NOT in favor of them.

A new Public Policy Polling survey commissioned by Progress Now Arizona, finds that a trio of bills under discussion in the Arizona legislature related to campaign finance, overriding citizen initiatives and changing Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission are supported by fewer than one in four voters, and large majorities of voters between 66 and 78 percent of voters say they oppose the bills HCR2023, HCR2009, and SB1516, after hearing arguments against them.

– Just 22% of voters support SB1516 on dark money compared to 48% who oppose. After hearing arguments against the bill, 70% of voters say they oppose it including 65% of Republicans. 81% say they’d be less likely to vote for a candidate who supported the bill.

– Only 23% of voters support HCR2023, which allows politicians to override the Voter Protection Act, compared to 47% who oppose. After hearing arguments against the bill, 66% of voters oppose it including 63% of Republican voters. 82%say they’d be less likely to vote for a candidate who supported the bill.

– Only 19% of voters say they support HCR2009, which would alter Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission, while a majority of 54% oppose the bill. After hearing arguments against the bill, 78% of voters oppose it including 70% of Republican voters. 73% say they’d be less likely to vote for a candidate who supported the bill.

So 73 to 80 percent of the voters are willing to vote against a candidate supporting these bills. Of the Republican voters, 63% to 70% oppose the bills. This is a big, big 2x4. Now the question is how we can use these sentiments to whack the GOPlins up side the head in the next election.

h/t AZBlueMeanie at Blog for Arizona

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