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KAET-ASU Poll

CONTACT:
Dr. Bruce Merrill
480.965.7051

FOR RELEASE:
Wednesday, December 1, 1999

KAET POLL:

RICK ROMLEY AND SHERIFF JOE
BOTH RECEIVE HIGH JOB PERFORMANCE RATINGS;
JUVENILE CRIME SHOULD BE A HIGH PRIORITY FOR CRIME FIGHTERS

A poll of 577 registered voters living in Maricopa County conducted by KAET-TV and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunication at Arizona State University during the period of November 18-20, 1999 found that both of Maricopa Countyís two chief law enforcement officers receive high marks for the job they are doing. Eighty-five percent (85%) of those who felt they knew Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley well enough to rate the job he was doing, gave him excellent (11%) or good (74%) marks. Seventeen percent (17%) of all registered voters were not able to evaluate the job he was doing.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio also received high marks for the job he is doing as Maricopa County Sheriff. Seventy-nine percent (79%) of those who knew him (only 4% did not know him) gave him excellent (21%) or good (58%) marks.

According to Dr. Bruce Merrill who conducted the poll, "Rick Romley has consistently improved his image with voters over the past three or four years. His recent emphasis on jailing slum lords and prosecuting people accused of child abuse or worse is well received by the public. Recent controversies associated with Joe Arpaio have done little to tarnish his standing with voters. People may not like some of the things he does, but they do like his Ďsay-it-like-it isí manner. He is well liked by people who are frustrated with crime and feel we need a tougher approach."

The poll also found that the County Board of Supervisors is perceived as doing a good job. Two-thirds (67%) of all registered voters in the county said the board was doing an excellent (4%) or good (63%) job. According to Dr. Merrill, "Most voters in Maricopa County seem to feel things are going in a positive direction so there is no major discontent with the board. Since people donít know many of the supervisors by name, people tend to give the board good ratings when times are good and bad ratings when things are not going well."

Voters also were asked which of four things the countyís two top law enforcement officers should emphasize. Of the options offered, reducing juvenile crime (39%) and doing something about disbanding gangs (34%) were the most important amongst voters with an opinion. Enforcing drug laws and doing something about slum blight were mentioned by 20% and 7% of the voters polled.

The survey of 577 registered voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.0%. Forty-eight percent (48%) were Republicans, 37% Democrats, and 15% "others". Fifty-two percent (52%) of the sample was male, 48% female.

Q1. Overall, would you rate the job Rick Romley is doing as Maricopa County Attorney as excellent, good, poor, or very poor?

    With an Opinion
Excellent 9% (11)
Good 61 (74)
Poor 12 (14)
Very poor 1 (1)
Donít know 17  
  100%  

Q2. Overall, would you rate the job Joe Arpaio is doing as Maricopa County Sheriff as excellent, good, poor, or very poor?

    With an Opinion
Excellent 20% (21)
Good 56 (58)
Poor
11 (12)
Very poor

9

(9)
Donít know

4

 
 

100%

 

 

Q3. Overall, would you rate the job the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is doing as excellent, good, poor, or very poor?

    With an Opinion
Excellent 3% (4)
Good 50 (63)
Poor 24

(30)

Very poor 3 (3)
Donít know 20  
  100%  

Q4. Which of the following do you feel Maricopa Countyís top law enforcement officers should have as their highest priority? (rotate order asked)

   

With an Opinion

Reducing juvenile crime 35% (39)
Disbanding gangs 31 (34)
Enforcing drug laws 17 (20)
Cleaning up slum blight 7 (7)
Donít know 10  
  100%  

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