AZ Snapshot: Government and Politics

Posted on May 18, 2016 • Category: Government and Politics



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Despite lack of confidence in government, few Americans (18%) agree with presidential candidates' proposals to eliminate specific departments of government, including Education, Energy, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development and the Internal Revenue Service.

Americans Reject Eliminating Departments of Government

Gallup Analytics, March 16, 2016

 

WHY IT MATTERS

Public opinion tends to fluctuate as people compare everything from candidates to institutions on a regular basis. In general, Americans lack confidence in government but still believe government is responsible for delivering legitimate services to society.

 

THE ARIZONA WE HAVE

When newcomers arrive in Arizona, they often find us hard to understand. The Arizona they see portrayed in the media is not the place they find and come to know.

FACT: Consistently, since statehood, almost two-thirds of Arizonans were born elsewhere.

112 Years - Same paxxxttern

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Considering the diverse views of the states where Arizonans come from, it should come as no surprise that Arizonans represent diverse views.

Arizona's story begins with a surprising fact – almost two-thirds of Arizona citizens were born elsewhere. Our 112-year history of in-migration means that we LOOK a lot like the nation we come from. In fact, Arizona citizens describe their political views exactly as the nation does in 2015.

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Despite the diverse political views that Arizonans hold, we don't BEHAVE like the rest of the nation in terms of our participation in civic life. Our political participation across all Arizona Civic Health Index measures is among the lowest in the nation. Our social connections are equally tenuous.

2009: WHAT DID WE LEARN FROM THE GALLUP ARIZONA POLL?

  • Arizonans are surprisingly attached to their communities as a place to live, but feel disconnected from the people in their communities. 12% believe the people in their communities care about one another.
  • Arizonans agree on more than they disagree on major issues but are not at all satisfied with their elected leaders. 10% believe elected leaders represent their interests.

    GALLUP ARIZONA POLL

    Take the poll and see how your responses compare to other Arizonans.

    Gallup Arizona Poll  

2015: DO ARIZONANS FEEL MORE CONNECTED TODAY?

If you were in trouble today, do you have relatives or friends you can count on to help you whenever you need them? - Yes

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Volunteered time to an organization in the past month? - Yes

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OTHER NEWS

Gallup releases weekly reports dealing government, job approval and the ideas being proposed by 2016 presidential candidates.

49% Obama maintains a wide lead in job approval over the U.S. Congress at 15%. The 34-percentage point gap is the widest of Obama’s presidency and one of the largest Gallup has measured since 1981.
Obama Retains Strong Edge over Congress in Job Approval  
Gallup Analytics, April 25, 2016

 

31% American women are paying less attention to 2016 presidential election news, compared to 44% of men. The 13-percentage point gap persists across parties and age groups.
Women Paying Less Attention than Men to 2016 Election  
Gallup Analytics, April 22, 2016

 

63% Americans support eliminating tax deductions and loopholes for the rich. They are less likely to favor sweeping proposals to cut income taxes for everyone or to install a 10% flat tax plan.
Americans React to Presidential Candidates' Tax Proposals  
Gallup Analytics, March 17, 2016