PHOENIX- A new Public Policy Polling survey commissioned by Progress Now Arizona, finds that a trio of bills under discussion in the Arizona legislature related to campaign finance, overriding citizen initiatives and changing Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission are supported by fewer than one in four voters, and large majorities of voters between 66 and 78 percent of voters say they oppose the bills HCR2023, HCR2009, and SB1516, after hearing arguments against them.
HCR 2023 would dismantle Proposition 105 passed by voters in 1998, and allow the Arizona legislature to repeal or amend any initiative or referendum voters worked hard to pass. HCR2009 would make the Independent Redistricting Commission into a partisan and elected position, letting politicians to draw future district lines in their favor. SB1516 completely rewrites Arizona campaign finance law, and creates loopholes that would let millions of anonymous dollars buy Arizona elections and politicians through independent expenditures.
Representative Rebecca Rios read the results on the poll on the Arizona House Floor this morning.
“I think its important for us to have a pulse on the community and state and understand what Arizona believes in to accurately represent our constituents and the people of Arizona. Again, it’s very important if were representing the state of Arizona that we listen to the voters and not assume that we know when passing legislation here,” Rios said.
At least 70% of voters say they would be less likely to vote for any candidate for office who supported any of the bills. This coalition of voters is diverse and broad-based, and includes majorities of men and women, all age groups, Democrats, Independents and Republicans.
– Just 22% of voters support SB1516 on dark money compared to 48% who oppose. After hearing arguments against the bill, 70% of voters say they oppose it including 65% of Republicans. 81% say they’d be less likely to vote for a candidate who supported the bill.
– Only 23% of voters support HCR2023, which allows politicians to override the Voter Protection Act, compared to 47% who oppose. After hearing arguments against the bill, 66% of voters oppose it including 63% of Republican voters. 82%say they’d be less likely to vote for a candidate who supported the bill.
– Only 19% of voters say they support HCR2009, which would alter Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission, while a majority of 54% oppose the bill. After hearing arguments against the bill, 78% of voters oppose it including 70% of Republican voters. 73% say they’d be less likely to vote for a candidate who supported the bill.
*PPP surveyed 573 Arizona voters from March 21-22, 2016. The margin of error is +/-4.1%. This poll was conducted by automated telephone interviews.