AZ Snapshot: Social Issues

Posted on June 8, 2016 • Category: Social Issues



QUESTION:

Have you helped a stranger or someone you didn't know who needed help in the past month? - Yes

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WHY IT MATTERS

As a young state with a high in-migration rate – nearly 2/3s of all Arizonans were born somewhere else – it’s important to ask ourselves if Arizona is a good place to live. How friendly and open are our communities to different groups of people? This brief contrasts the opinions of Arizonans in 2009 with opinions in 2015.

 

THE ARIZONA WE HAVE (2009)

The original Gallup Arizona Poll (2009) found that while Arizonans are highly attached to their communities as a place to live, they didn't feel connected to one another. At that time, only 12% of Arizonans believed the people in their community cared about one another. The following chart shows the percentage of Arizonans who gave their community a “5—very good” for different population groups.

How Good is Your Community for Different Groups of People?

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WHO IS ARIZONA TODAY? HAVE ATTITUDES CHANGED SINCE 2009?

THE ARIZONA WE HAVE (2015)

One of the most compelling results of the original Gallup Arizona Poll (2009) was the fact that only 12% of Arizonans believed the people in their community cared about one another. Nor did Arizonans believe our state was a particularly good place to live for ethnic minorities, immigrants from other countries, gay lesbian people or newcomers looking for a social connection.

CFA's ongoing partnership with Gallup makes it possible to continue tracking changes in the opinions and attitudes of Arizonans on a regular basis. This issue describes how Arizonans feel about the state’s friendliness and openness to diverse population groups.

Your community is a good place to live for racial and ethnic minorities? - Yes

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Your community is a good place to live for gay or lesbian people?- Yes

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Your community is a good place to live for immigrants from other countries?- Yes

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You are satisfied with the opportunities you have to meet people and make friends in you city or area?- Yes

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OTHER NEWS

A number of recent Gallup reports address issues of morality and values among Americans.

57% While Democrats are more liberal on social issues than Republicans or Independents, U.S. adults overall are split fairly evenly among liberals (32%), moderates (31%) and conservatives (34%) on social issues.
Democrats More Liberal on Social Issues than Economic Ones  
Gallup Analytics, May 20, 2016

 

61% Americans who say that marriages between same-sex couples should be recognized by the law as valid.
Americans' Support for Gay Marriage Remains High  
Gallup Analytics, May 19, 2016

 

73% U.S. Jews who view doctor-assisted suicide as morally acceptable, compared to 76% for Americans who say they practice no religion. Americans representing other religious groups are significantly lower: Catholic (47%), Protestant (43%) and Mormon (30%).
U.S. Religious Groups Disagree on Five Key Moral Issues  
Gallup Analytics, May 26, 2016