New Poll: Support For Ducey's Teacher Raise Plan Holding Steady
(Phoenix, AZ) As a follow up to our poll released this past Tuesday, April 17th, and with a possible teacher strike beginning tomorrow, it is clear that Arizona voters are still supportive of the plan put forward by Governor Ducey. These same voters have also largely heard of and are positive towards the Red for Ed campaign.
Data Orbital commissioned this poll beginning Wednesday, April 18th and ending on Saturday, April 21st, as voters have been learning more details around the Governor's plan to increase teacher pay by 20%. Our live caller poll found that a vast majority of Arizona voters continue to approve of the Governor's plan. In addition, almost 50% of voters surveyed also have a positive opinion of the Red for Ed campaign.
The support for the plan continues to be consistent along party lines. Democrats are still most likely to favor the Governor's plan, coming in at nearly 75%.
The poll found virtually no difference between males and females in their approval of Governor Ducey's plan.
Support is also fairly consistent across age demographics with the highest support coming from those between 18 and 34 years of age.
Support is highest among those who have voted in at least 3 out of the last 4 general elections and lowest among those who have no previous history of voting in general elections (they made up only 3% of the sample).
As mentioned above, the Red for Ed movement is fairly well known with nearly 60% of voters familiar with it and only 29% certain they hadn't heard of it.
It is not surprising that Democrats are more likely to have had positive exposure to the Red for Ed movement while Republicans have the highest negative sentiment towards it. As was mentioned above, most samples were collected prior to Red for Ed announcing their strike.
Women are also more likely to have a positive opinion while men are more likely to be negative in their opinion.
There also is a clear age correlation towards the overall exposure to Red for Ed. Older voters who don't have children in K-12 are much more likely to be unfamiliar with it while younger voters with school age children have a higher positive exposure.
George Khalaf, President of Data Orbital, issued the following statement: "It has been nearly a week and a half since the Governor announced his teacher pay raise plan and support has largely held steady with likely voters. These same voters tend to have positive views of Red for Ed, with support predominantly along partisan lines."
This poll of 700 likely general election voters was conducted through a live survey that collected 50% of the results from land lines and 50% from cell phones. It has a margin of error at plus or minus 3.64%, 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 four days from April 18th-21st. Toplines and demographic data can be found here and cross tabs here. To receive regular blog updates, subscribe here.