New Poll: AZ Voters Support Governor Ducey's Plan to Raise Teacher Pay
(Phoenix, AZ) In the middle of the ongoing heated debate over education policy in Arizona, Data Orbital is pleased to present the results of a recently commissioned poll. In numerous public and private polling conducted over the past two years, education - specifically K-12 funding - has consistently ranked near the top of general election voters' minds.
To gauge sentiment following the Governor's announcement on Friday, Data Orbital commissioned this poll over the weekend. Voters overwhelmingly support the Governor's plan to raise teacher pay by 20% and are more likely to support legislators who support the Governor's plan. Voters also agree that this proposal will have a positive impact on our schools.
Approval for the Governor's proposal is consistent across Republicans, Democrats and Independents with the highest support - nearly 85% - coming from registered Democrats. Support for the plan is also consistent between men and women with men at 66.8% and women at 68.8%.
Voters are also more likely to support legislators that support the Governor's plan by a nearly 4 to 1 margin.
Voters are convinced that this proposal will have an overall positive impact on our schools in Arizona. Democrats are the most likely to agree, with a little more than 66% saying that it will have a positive impact.
Now we turn to a consistently hot button issue - the President's favorability. As we have consistently tracked, President Trump's favorability in Arizona with likely General Election voters is upside down and in line with national trends. As is noted below, the vast majority of Independents and nearly 90% of Democrats have a strongly or somewhat unfavorable opinion of the President.
Trump Favorability by Party
George Khalaf, President of Data Orbital, issued the following statement: "Education has consistently been a hot button issue for the previous 18 months and this announcement from the Governor is sure to keep it front and center. It is clear that Arizona voters overwhelmingly support his plan and believe it will have a positive impact on Arizona schools. It is nearly unheard of to see this amount of overwhelming support for a single issue. As grassroots education groups conduct their vote on whether to hold a strike, these results should give them pause."
This poll of 800 likely general election voters was conducted through an IVR survey (automated) that collected 100% of the results from land lines. It has a margin of error at plus or minus 3.46%, with a 95% confidence interval. Respondents were weighted on a number of different demographic figures based off historical general election turnout in Arizona. The poll was conducted over two days from April 14th - 15th. Toplines and demographic data can be found here and cross tabs here. To receive regular blog updates, subscribe here.