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Arizona voters of all political backgrounds trust the state’s electoral system, according to a new poll.

They also support infrastructure investment to keep up with growth, workforce housing options for essential workers from teachers to firefighters, worry about water and want leaders who will compromise to to make things progress.

The survey, from the Center for the Future of Arizona in conjunction with HighGround Public Affairs, updated previous polls released in July and delved into topics including government spending, elections and the environment.

The latest results suggest voters are consistent on the issues that matter to them, said Paul Bentz, senior vice president of research and strategy at HighGround.

“While the issues tend to go up and down – abortion is certainly on the rise as an issue that people want to know about – the other things are pretty constant, at least over an election or two. years,” he said.

And yet, less than half of likely voters said candidates talk about the issues most important to them. The new data will be added to the Arizona Voter Diarya list of voter priorities created by the center to encourage political leaders and candidates to address issues important to voters.

This effort also aims to counter narratives of political division by showing that areas of common interest exist, said Sybil Francis, president and CEO of the Center for the Future of Arizona.

“We didn’t expect it to be some kind of miraculous transformation,” she said. “But we’re trying to help, at least, add to the public discourse about Arizona.”

The poll was conducted in August and recorded responses from 500 likely voters with a history of voter turnout, balanced to model likely turnout in the 2022 general election by party, age, region and race.

Based on previous midterm election trends, the partisan advantage was set at 8% more Republicans. The margin of error was plus or minus 4.3%

What Arizonans have in common

Elections

The vast majority of voters surveyed think the elections in Arizona are fair and safe. Among the findings, including the partisan distribution:

  • 74% of respondents believe the elections in Arizona are fair (89% Democrats, 68% Independents and 65% Republicans).
  • 70% say the Arizona election is secure (93% Democrats, 63% Independents and 54% Republicans).
  • 80% of all likely voters are confident in the August election results (93% Democrats, 75% Independents and 70% Republicans).
  • 77% believe the November election results will be accurate (90% Democrats, 70% Independents and 66% Republicans).

Francis even said she was somewhat surprised by the results, given so much talk nationally and in Arizona about election integrity.

“It’s so easy to sway your perspective on this narrative,” she said.

Compromise

Additionally, 64% of respondents said they prefer candidates who are willing to compromise and work across the aisle.

Lodging

The updated survey includes new questions on housing affordability. The results show that Arizonans are concerned about rising home prices. Highlights include:

  • 80% agree that housing prices and rents are “out of control” (91% Democrats, 88% Independents and 70% Republicans).
  • 78% say they support workforce housing options for essential workers such as firefighters, police officers, teachers and healthcare workers (91% Democrats, 70% Independents and 66% Republicans).
  • 78% think landlords shouldn’t be able to refuse someone to rent if they’re paying with their own funds or housing assistance (91% Democrats, 90% Independents and 65% Republicans).
  • 83% believe the government has a responsibility to ensure people who are homeless can access safe and affordable housing (98% Democrats, 83% Independents and 71% Republicans).
  • 78% support the idea of ​​encouraging apartment developers to dedicate certain units to families eligible for housing assistance (97% Democrats, 78% Independents and 66% Republicans).

Implementing rent control policies and encouraging the development of multi-family housing did not meet the support thresholds to make the list.

government spending

More Arizona voters surveyed believe schools remain underfunded, even after the state legislature approved $1 billion in new funding for K-12 education earlier this year. Here are some of the other expenses they support, with breakdowns by party affiliation:

  • 89% agree the government needs to make continued investments in critical infrastructure to keep up with growth (96% Democrats, 93% Independents and 81% Republicans).
  • 57% want to invest in new roads and repair streets in exchange for tax relief.
  • 60% support investing in education rather than a tax cut. Data by political affiliation and by age group show that the majority support investment, but Republicans prefer lower taxes.
  • 50% prioritize funding public safety over lower taxes. Young voters prefer a tax cut.

Water

Voters have listed protecting the environment and ensuring a long-term water supply as one of their top issues in previous polls. The new data shows:

  • 85% support the use of available funds to address environmental and water issues such as drought resilience, clean air, energy improvements in rural areas, power grid resilience and disaster management Fires (95% Democrats, 88% Independents and 75% Republicans).
  • 73% think Arizona doesn’t have enough water for long-term growth.

The poll found voters are split on how they would prioritize Arizona’s water use. Francis said it was “an equal link” between recreation, agriculture and growth.

“What I concluded from that is that Arizonans think all of these things are important,” she said. “And basically what they’re saying to leaders is, ‘We have to figure out how to meet all of our needs in these areas. It’s very clear that all of these issues are high priorities.”

Sasha Hupka covers Maricopa County and regional issues for the Arizona Republic with a focus on voting and democracy. Are you a voter with questions or thoughts to share? Join her at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter: @SashaHupka.