Rasmussen has done a poll in Arizona testing voters on Obama’s approval rating, Gov. Jan Brewer’s approval rating, whether voters support a temporary tax increase to fix the budget, whether they think a tax increase is going to happen and other issues like immigration and drug trafficking. The results are very instructive. Clearly, there are some issues that raise the ire of Arizonans.
1* How would you rate the job Barack Obama has been doing as President… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?
32% Strongly approve
21% Somewhat approve
8% Somewhat disapprove
39% Strongly disapprove
1% Not sure
No real news here. In a red-shaded state like Arizona, it would be a surprise if Obama had strong approval. People are still willing to give him some time, but nearly half are not liking what they see.
2* How would you rate the job Jan Brewer has been doing as Governor… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job she’s been doing?
9% Strongly approve
48% Somewhat approve
26% Somewhat disapprove
11% Strongly disapprove
6% Not sure
The surprise here is that only 6% had no opinion. That is good news for the Governor, because she is having a better honeymoon than Obama. These number make any potential opponents (primary or general) take pause.
3* Do you favor or oppose a temporary tax increase to help stem the state’ budget shortfall?
13% Not sure
People don’t like higher taxes. Period.
4* How likely is it that a temporary tax hike will become permanent?
70% Very likely
19% Somewhat likely
8% Not very likely
1% Not at all likely
2% Not sure
While people don’t like taxes, there is a feeling of inevitability.
5* Should there be a special election to raise state sales tax to help with the budget shortfall and to save some programs that have to be cut?
17% Not sure
The 17% of people who are not sure are the target audience for the Governor.
6* Should taxes only be raised by a majority vote of the people?
8% Not sure
People want a say, and they hold out hope that most people will think like they do, and not raise taxes.
The rest of the poll – just for kicks and giggles:
7* Would you favor or oppose doing away with property taxes completely if it meant an increase in sales tax?
26% Not sure
8* Would you favor or oppose doing away with property taxes completely if it meant a loss of programs?
22% Not sure
9* Do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable impression of Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio?
46% Very favorable
22% Somewhat favorable
10% Somewhat unfavorable
16% Very unfavorable
7% Not sure
10* If a police officer pulls someone over for a traffic violation, should the officer automatically check to see if that person is in the country legally?
5% Not sure
11* If law enforcement officers know of places where immigrants gather to find work, should they sometimes conduct surprise raids to identify and deport illegal immigrants?
6% Not sure
12* How concerned are you that efforts to identify and deport illegal immigrants will also end up violating the civil rights of some U.S. citizens?
32% Very concerned
24% Somewhat concerned
30% Not very concerned
13% Not at all concerned
1% Not sure
13* Which concerns you more – illegal immigration or drug violence?
29% Illegal immigration
60% Drug violence
10% Not sure
14* If drug violence continues to escalate along the Mexican border should the U.S. Military be used along the border to protect American citizens?
9% Not sure