Elections

Survey reveals majority believes Arizona elections are fair

Posted 9/27/22

 Center for the Future of Arizona (CFA) announced  findings from a new Arizona Voters’ Agenda survey that builds on survey research released earlier this year.

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Elections

Survey reveals majority believes Arizona elections are fair

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 Center for the Future of Arizona (CFA) announced  findings from a new Arizona Voters’ Agenda survey that builds on survey research released earlier this year.

The Arizona Voters’ Agenda provides valuable information about likely voters of all ages and political affiliations and a data-driven guide to what the majority agrees on and wants candidates to discuss in the midterm election. The new findings, which will be released throughout the week, reveal additional insights into what voters think about the election, how they select candidates, what the top issues are, and the topics of state spending, water & environment, and affordable housing & homelessness.

The latest survey results show that a majority of voters trust the state’s elections system and agree on many priorities and what they want to hear from candidates–countering the polarization story that receives massive attention.

“We want the Arizona Voters’ Agenda to amplify and center the voices of Arizonans in the dialogue of our consequential midterm election and counter the narrative of division that receives disproportionate attention in our politics,” said Dr. Sybil Francis, president and CEO of CFA.

The Arizona Voters’ Agenda initiative aims to center the narrative of Arizona elections on the voices of the majority of Arizona voters, what matters most to them, and where there is common ground to move forward on key issues.

The initiative builds on CFA’s longstanding research efforts to identify what matters most to Arizonans and put their voices at the forefront of decision-making across the state.

CFA worked with HighGround Public Affairs to develop the Arizona Voters’ Agenda surveys, which were conducted in April and late August.

The surveys polled likely Republican, Democratic, and independent/unaffiliated voters in the 2022 Arizona General Election with a history of electoral participation and were balanced to model the likely turnout of voters across party, age, region, and gender.

The most recent Arizona Voters’ Agenda survey asked likely voters to answer questions about their views on Arizona’s elections, what candidates are talking about, selecting candidates, and the top issues– in addition to questions on policy and values related to state spending, water & environment, and affordable housing & homelessness.

The latest survey findings demonstrate that large majorities of voters across the political spectrum think that Arizona elections are fair and secure, and they are confident in the accuracy of election results:

  • 74% of all likely voters rate Arizona Elections as fair, including 65% Republicans, 68% independent/unaffiliated voters, and 89% Democrats. 
  • 70% of all likely voters rate Arizona elections as secure, including 54% Republicans, 63% independent/unaffiliated voters, and 93% Democrats. 
  • 80% of all likely voters are confident in the accuracy of the results of the recent August Primary Election, including 70% Republicans, 75% independent/unaffiliated voters, and 93% Democrats. 
  • 77% of all likely voters are confident that the results of the November General Election will be accurate, including 66% Republicans, 70% independent/unaffiliated voters, and 90% Democrats.

In response to open-ended and multiple-choice questions about priority issues in both Arizona Voters’ Agenda surveys, the topics of immigration, economy, education, and water appear among the top of Arizona voters’ priorities that will guide likely voters’ decisions. In the most recent survey, abortion and election issues join the other top priorities.

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