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Contact Dr. Bruce Merrill (480) 965-7051
Can be used after 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 24, 2005

ARIZONANS GIVE GOVERNOR HIGH RATING FOR JOB PERFORMANCE

MAJORITY GIVE LEGISLATURE GOOD RATING FOR COMPLETED SESSION

MOST SUPPORT GOVERNOR'S VETOES

VOTERS DIVIDED OVER SAME-SEX MARRIAGE AMENDEMENT TO CONSTITUTION

A new statewide telephone poll of 357 registered voters conducted by KAET-TV/Channel 8 and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University between May 17 - 22, 2005, found that 79 percent of registered voters in Arizona rate Gov. Janet Napolitano's performance in office very good (32 percent) or good (47 percent). Sixteen percent gave her a negative rating. Almost two-thirds (63 percent) of the Republicans interviewed gave the governor a good performance rating, as did 95 percent of the Democrats and 80 percent of the political independents.

The survey also found that 56 percent of those interviewed felt the legislators who recently completed their 2005 legislative session did a good job. Thirty percent gave the legislators poor marks and 14 percent said they had no opinion. Seventy-four percent of the Republicans, 60 percent of the political independents and 58 percent of the Democrats gave the legislature positive marks. Voters over 65 tended to be less supportive of the legislators than younger voters.

Voters tended to support the governor's decision to veto several bills passed earlier this spring by the Arizona Legislature. The most support for a gubernatorial veto came over a bill that would have allowed patrons to carry guns into bars, as long as they were not drinking. Seventy-nine percent agreed with the governor 's veto of that bill. Seventeen percent opposed the veto and 4 percent were undecided. There also was strong support for the governor's decision to veto a bill that would have allowed pharmacists the right to refuse to fill prescriptions if it would violate their moral principles related to birth control and contraception. Sixty-five percent supported the veto, 28 percent were opposed and 7 percent had no opinion.

A majority supported the governor's veto of two other bills. Fifty-four percent agreed with the governor when she vetoed a bill that would have banned state and local governments from accepting ID cards issued by Mexican consulates as valid identification when conducting public business. Thirty-six percent disagreed with the veto and 10 percent held no opinion. Fifty-two percent of the public also supported the governor's veto of a bill that would have would have provided vouchers to be used to pay tuition at private schools for children from low-income families. Thirty-seven percent disagreed with the veto and 11 percent had no opinion.

Based on the survey's sampling error, voters were close to evenly split on whether the governor should have vetoed a bill that would have made English the official language of Arizona. A majority, fifty-two percent, disagreed with the veto, 44 percent agreed and 4 percent said they had no opinion.

The survey also found that 49 percent of the registered voters in Arizona would support an amendment to the Arizona Constitution that would define marriage as between one man and one woman. Forty-one percent said they would oppose a same-sex marriage amendment and 10 percent said they were undecided or had no opinion. Republicans with an opinion were much more supportive (74 percent) than political independents (50 percent) or Democrats (33 percent). College educated voters and people over 65 also tended to be highly supportive of the amendment.

The survey has a sampling error of plus or minus 5.2 percent. Sixty percent of the interviews were conducted in Maricopa County, 16 percent in Pima County, and 24 percent in the less populated counties. The sample was 41 percent Republican, 35 percent Democrat and 24 percent independent. Fifty-one percent of voters interviewed were female and 49 percent were male.


Question wording

1. Overall, would you rate the job Gov. Janet Napolitano has done over the past year as

1. very good 32%
2. good 47
3. poor or 13
4. very poor? 3
5. d.k./no opinion 5


2. Recently the Arizona Legislature completed its work for 2005. Overall, would you rate the job the Arizona legislature has done as

1. very good 3%
2. good 53
3. poor or 25
4. very poor? 5
5. d.k./no opinion 14

 

During the past legislative session, Gov. Napolitano vetoed several bills passed by the legislature. As I describe each bill she vetoed, please tell me if you agree or disagree with her veto. If you don't have an opinion, just tell me and I'll go on to the next one.

3. One bill would have made English the offical language of Arizona by requiring state and local government workers to carry out their offical duties in English. Do you

1. agree or 44%
2. disagree with the governor's decision to veto this bill? 52
3. d.k./no opinion 4

 

4. Another bill would have allowed a person to have a gun in a bar or restaurant that sells alcohol as long as the person did not drink alcohol. Do you

1. agree or 79%
2. disagree with the governor's decision to veto this bill? 17
3. d.k./no opinion 4

 

5. Another bill passed by the legislature would have banned state and local governments from accepting ID cards issued by Mexican consulates as valid identification when conducting public business such as accessing water service, library cards or help from community health centers. Do you

1. agree or 54%
2. disagree with the governor's decision to veto this bill? 36
3. d.k./no opinion 10

 

6. Another bill vetoed by the governor would have given pharmacists the right to refuse services related to abortion and emergency contraception based on their religious or moral beliefs. Do you

1. agree or 65%
2. disagree with the governor's decision to veto this bill? 28
3. d.k./no opinion 7

 

7. The governor also vetoed a bill that would have provided up to forty-five hundred dollars a year for school vouchers for children from low-income families to pay tuition to attend private schools. Do you

1. agree or 52%
2. disagree with the governor's decision to veto this bill? 37
3. d.k./no opinion 11

 

8. Now, turning to another topic, a group called Protect Marriage Arizona has begun a drive to put a proposed amendment to the state constitution on the 2006 ballot that would make marriage valid only when it is between one man and one woman. It also would prohibit state and local government from creating or recognizing legal status for unmarried persons that is similar to that of married persons. Would you vote

1. for 49%
2. against 41
3. d.k./no opinion 10

 

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