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Contact Dr. Bruce Merrill
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Can be used after 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 23, 2003

NAPOLITANO GETS HIGH MARKS FOR JOB SHE IS DOING AS GOVERNOR;

MAJORITY APPROVE OF NAPOLITANO'S HANDLING OF GAS SHORTAGE;

PROTECT ARIZONA NOW INITIATIVE AND ANTI-GOUGING LAWS HIGHLY SUPPORTED

A new statewide poll of registered voters conducted by KAET-TV/Channel 8 and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University between September 18-21, 2003, found that two-thirds of all Arizona voters (66%) approved of the job Janet Napolitano is doing as governor of Arizona. Nineteen percent (19%) disapproved and 15% had no opinion. Among those with an opinion, 78% approved of the job the governor is doing. Democrats were more supportive (92%) than Republicans (64%) or independents (80%) and women with an opinion were more supportive (86%) than men (70%).

The survey also found that a majority of voters (57%) strongly approved (9%) or approved (48%) of the way the governor handled the recent gas crisis in the Phoenix area. Twenty-nine percent (29%) strongly disapproved (9%) or disapproved (20%); 14% had no opinion.

Seventy percent (70%) of those interviewed said they would strongly support (34%) or support (36%) the "Protect Arizona Now" initiative that may be on the Arizona ballot next fall, which would deny state and local social and welfare services to illegal immigrants and require individuals to show proof of citizenship when they vote. Twenty percent (20%) said they would strongly oppose (6%) or generally oppose (14%) the measure and 10% had no opinion. Among those with an opinion, 78% said they would support the measure and 22% said they would oppose it. Rural voters (83%), self-identified conservatives (85%), independents (83%) and Republicans (82%) were most supportive of the measure.

Seventy-nine (79%) of those surveyed said they would favor a law in Arizona that would impose financial penalties on businesses that unfairly raise the prices they charge for essential products or services in times of crisis or emergency. Fifteen percent (15%) would oppose such a law, while 6% were undecided. Support for the anti-gouging law cut across all demographic groups in Arizona.

The statewide poll of 390 registered voters has a sampling error of plus or minus 5.0%. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of the interviews were conducted in Maricopa County, 17% in Pima County, and 25% in the less populated counties. The sample consisted of 42% Republicans, 35% Democrats and 23% independents. Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters interviewed were female and 45% were male. Males and females were statistically weighted to be 51% female and 49% male.

1. We would like to know how you feel about the job Janet Napolitano is doing as governor of Arizona. Overall, do you approve or disapprove of the job she is doing as governor of Arizona?

     
1. approve 66% (78)
2. disapprove 19 (22)
3. no opinion 15  
 
100%
 

*Entries in parentheses are percentages for those with an opinion


2. Recently, there was a gasoline shortage in the Phoenix area caused by a ruptured pipeline. Do you strongly approve, approve, disapprove or strongly disapprove of the way Gov. Napolitano handled the gas shortage in the Phoenix area?

     
1. strongly approve 9% (10)
2. approve 48 (56)
3. disapprove 20 (24)
4. strongly disapprove 9 (10)
5. no opinion 14  
  100%  

*Entries in parentheses are percentages for those with an opinion

 

3. We would also like your opinion about the Protect Arizona Now initiative that may be on the Arizona ballot next fall. This initiative would deny state and local social and welfare services to illegal immigrants and require people to prove they are U.S. citizens when they vote. Federally mandated services such as public education grades K thru 12 would be exempted. Overall, are you very supportive, supportive, opposed or strongly opposed to the Protect Arizona Now Initiative?

     
1. very supportive 34% (38)
2. supportive 36 (40)
3. opposed 14 (16)
4. strongly opposed 6 ( 6)
5. no opinion 10  
  100%  

*Entries in parentheses are percentages for those with an opinion

 

4. Would you favor or oppose a law in Arizona that would impose financial penalties against businesses that unfairly raise the prices they charge for essential products or services during times of emergency or crisis?

     
1. favor 79% (84)
2. oppose 15 (16)
3. no opinion 6  
  100%  

*Entries in parentheses are percentages for those with an opinion


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