Dr. Bruce D. Merrill
TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 1999
ARIZONANS DONíT FEEL AIR STRIKES AGAINST KOSOVO WILL WORK/DIVIDED
OVER USE OF GROUND TROOPS
SUPPORT IN ARIZONA FOR DOCTOR-ASSISTED SUICIDE
MCCAIN CONTINUES TO BE PREFERRED OVER QUAYLE
SUPPORT FOUND TO REPEAL LAW WHICH ALLOWS SOME DEVELOPMENTS
TO BE FUNDED WITH SALES TAX
A statewide telephone poll of 450 registered voters conducted
by KAET-TV and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and
Telecommunication at Arizona State University during the
period April 22-25, 1999 found that most Arizonans (64%)
do not believe air power will win in Kosovo.
In addition, public opinion is almost evenly divided on
whether ground troops should be used. Forty-six percent (46%)
of those interviewed (52% of those with an opinion) support
sending ground troops; 43% are opposed and 12% said they were undecided.
Interestingly, whether or not troops should be sent was not
related to most demographics. Women, for instance, were not different
from men in their opinion about the war. The only demographic that
showed a difference was that 45% of the self-identified
conservatives favored sending troops compared to 64% of the liberals.
The survey also found strong support for doctor-assisted suicide in Arizona.
Sixty-two percent (62%) were in favor, 33% were opposed and only 5% had no
opinion. Again, the only demographic that showed a difference on this question
was political ideology. While less than half (48%) of the self-identified
conservatives favor doctor-assisted suicide, 91% of the liberals were favorable.
Senator McCain holds a large lead over former Vice-President Quayle
in the contest for the Republican Presidential nomination.
Fifty-seven percent (57%) of all registered voters say they
would prefer to see McCain become his partyís nominee compared
to 15% who preferred Quayle. Twenty-eight percent (28%) were undecided.
Among the 202 Republicans who were interviewed, 57% preferred McCain,
19% favored Quayle, and 24% were undecided.
The poll also found narrow support to repeal a state law which
allows at least some of the developmental cost of arenas and some other
developments to be, at least partially financed, with sales tax generated
at the developments. Forty-eight percent (48%) favored repeal, 37%
were opposed to repeal and 15% said they were undecided.
The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5%. Forty-five percent
(45%) of those interviewed were Republicans, 40% Democrats and 15% "others."
Fifty-eight percent (58%)of the sample was from Maricopa County, 18% from
Pima County, and 23% from the other Arizona counties. Forty-seven percent
(47%) of the sample was male; 53% female.
Q1. First, do you think the NATO bombing campaign alone will be successful
in getting Milosevic to allow the refugees to return to Kosovo and for NATO
to keep a peace keeping force there?
Q2. Would you support or oppose sending American ground troops to Kosovo
if President Clinton decided thatís what it will take to make Milosevic to
back down from his current policies?
Q3. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that states can decide whether to allow
physicians to assist terminally ill patients who wish to end their own lives.
Do you favor or oppose allowing physicians in Arizona to assist terminally ill
patients who wish to end their own lives?
Q4. Two people who live in Arizona, Senator John McCain and former Vice-President
Dan Quayle, will run for President next year. Which of the two, McCain or Quayle,
would you prefer to see win the Republican nomination?
Q5. Currently, there is a law that allows stadium projects and some other
developments to be, at least, partially financed with sales tax revenues generated
by the projects. Some legislators think the law should be repealed. Are you
in favor of or opposed to repealing the law?