Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Survey Says...

The Arizona Republican Party can breathe a sigh of relief today. What has become the family Feud of Arizona politics just got another bit of survey data to chew on.

A Cronkite/Eight Poll that was released Tuesday shows 60% support for Governor Jan Brewer's proposal for a temporary one percent sales tax increase. The numbers were 60% in favor, 35% opposed with 5% giving no opinion.

Brewer came away with 47% of respondents confident she is making the right decisions to get us out of this mess. That compares to 60% for President Obama who still has managed to maintain semi rock star status.

Bruce Merrill, the retired ASU professor who directed the poll made an interesting observation that might be helpful for Republicans to take notice since they are the ones that have the numbers to do it. Regarding the 35% who said they had no opinion of Brewer's performance since taking over for Napolitano, he said, "This tells me that Republicans need to step forward and provide some strong positive leadership in Arizona to move things forward."

There is an opportunity to grab the reins and take over here. The Governor continues on the speaker circuit while the legislature continues to offer budget solutions that are quickly panned as gimmicky or downright unconstitutional. It's probably time to start getting on the same page and showing some leadership.

Republic write up here.


Thane Eichenauer said...

I am interested to learn that, of those surveyed, how many were registered to vote and how many were likely voters. Because without those being mentioned, this survey is about as useful as the Arizona Republic in a monsoon (which is to say - not much).

There are still too many people in Arizona prison for drug crimes, let's hope that that this proposal can trim that figure a slight bit.

AZ Blogger said...

I don't see anywhere about how many of those were high efficacy.

The numbers are similar though to the Rep. Party survey that polled 600 or so high efficacy statewide voters.

I agree that those solutions aren't even being looked at. Everything now seems to be fixing the very short term issues.

Thane Eichenauer said...

I'll note that long term solutions are short term solutions that haven't been made. They are one and the same.