Dr. Bruce Merrill
Monday, April 6, 1998
POLL SHOWS ARIZONA VOTERS
CONTROL ON GROWTH
A statewide poll of 533 registered
voters conducted by KAET-TV and the Walter Cronkite School of
Journalism and Telecommunication at Arizona State University found
strong support for two growth initiatives.
These initiatives will likely be on the ballot in November.
By a nearly seven-to-one margin (69% for, 11% against), voters favored the Citizens Growth Management Initiative.
This initiative requires cities and counties to adopt growth plans,
to set aside land around cities which could not be developed and requires
developers to pay impact fees covering the full costs of new services.
The Growing Smarter Initiative also
received strong support. Fifty-six percent (56%)
approved the amendment, 22% opposed
it and 22% were undecided. This amendment
would ask voters to approve $20
million dollars a year for 10 years to buy land to preserve
open spaces and would allow
the state to swap land with the federal government for preservation
purposes. Support for both initiatives cut across all political
and demographic categories.
According to the poll director,
Dr. Bruce D. Merrill, "For some time we have found that
'quality of life' issues have been gaining in popularity. Now
that Maricopa County is the fastest growing county in
the U.S. and Arizona is the second or third fastest growing state, people have decided
that something must be done about growth before it gets completely
out of hand."
The poll, conducted March 25-29,
has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2%, and is statistically
weighted to reflect the proper balance of voters in each Arizona
county. Forty-four percent (44%) of the sample was Republican, 43%
Democrat and 13% registered "other" than Republican
or Democrat. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of the sample was in
Maricopa County, 20% in Pima County and the remainder (22%) in
the other Arizona counties.
Q1. Another issue relates to
how to manage growth in Arizona. One plan
called the Citizens Growth Management
Initiative would require cities
and counties to adopt growth-management
plans by 2001, to set aside land around cities which could
not be developed, developers would have to pay impact fees covering the
full costs of new services, and all but minor changes in growth plans would
require voter approval. If this initiative comes up for a vote this fall,
would you tend to vote: 1. For it
2. Against it 3. Undecided/Don't know
Q2. Another plan being considered
by the legislature, the Growing Smarter Initiative, would ask voters
to approve $20 million dollars a year for 10 years to buy land to preserve
open spaces, would allow the state to swap state land for federal land
for preservation purposes, would require cities and counties to adopt growth
plans every ten years and would create a Growing Smarter commission
to recommend new ways to handle growth.
Would you probably
vote 1. For 2. Against this initiative? 3. Don't know
|FOR|| 56%|| AGAINST|| 22%
||DON'T KNOW ||22%