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Arizona Voters’ Agenda

WHAT ARIZONA’S LIKELY VOTERS WANT CANDIDATES TO ADDRESS
AS THEY COMPETE FOR VOTES

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 Arizona Voters’ Agenda has expanded with findings from a second survey conducted in late August. The findings 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 Arizona Voters’ Agenda was significantly updated Sept. 26, 2022,
with new insights and findings from an additional survey.

 

KEY INSIGHTS

TOP PRIORITIES New Insights

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

  • Top issue guiding decision-making
    The Arizona Voters’ Agenda surveys began by letting voters share the priorities on their minds. Responses to the open-ended question, “Thinking about the November election, what is the top issue or policy position that will guide you in your decision-making on selecting candidates to vote for?” revealed priorities including immigration, economy, abortion, education, elections, and water.
  • Top issue facing the state
    Arizona voters’ views on the top issue facing the state today are consistent with where they were earlier this year before the primary. Immigration, economy & inflation, education, and long-term water supplies continue to top the list of the top issue facing the state.

CANDIDATES CAN DO MORE TO TALK ABOUT VOTERS’ MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES New

Less than half of likely voters say candidates are talking about what’s important to them, and a surprising number of voters aren’t sure.

  • Are current Arizona candidates for statewide and legislative offices talking about the most important issues to you? All Likely Voters: 44% no; 43% yes; 13% don’t know.

A DESIRE FOR CANDIDATES WHO WORK ACROSS THE AISLE New

  • Nearly two-thirds of voters prefer candidates who are willing to compromise and work across the aisle to get things done.

    Voters were asked to select the statement closest to their own opinion: Prefer candidates who are committed to their principles and will fight for what they believe is right and refuse to compromise; or, Prefer candidates who are willing to compromise and work across the aisle to find bipartisan solutions to complex problems.

    • 64% of all likely voters prefer candidates who are willing to compromise
    • 29% of all likely voters prefer candidates who refuse to compromise

LIKELY VOTERS BELIEVE ELECTIONS ARE FAIR, SECURE, ACCURATE New

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

LIKELY VOTERS WANT POSITIONS AND SOLUTIONS FROM CANDIDATES

In response to the question, “When it comes to selecting a candidate to vote for, which of the following is the top factor that helps you to make your decision?” nearly two-thirds of all likely voters will choose candidates on their plans and where they stand on key issues, and rank ideology much lower:

  • 38% Position on the issues
  • 27% Has clear plans or solutions
  • 12% Ideology
  • 10% Party registration
  • 7% Trust
  • 3% Other

 

ARIZONA VOTERS' AGENDA: PRIORITIES BY TOPIC

Despite polarized political dialogue, there is significant agreement and common ground among voters on many public policy issues.

The Arizona Voters’ Agenda comprises specific policy items and values statements that a majority of voters across political affiliations and age groups agree are important issues facing the state.

The Arizona Voters’ Agenda built on where a majority across political and age groups agree and reflects what they care about most. Issues on the Arizona Voters’ Agenda meet all of the following criteria:

  • “Strongly Agree/Support” is 50% and above among All Likely Voters
  • Total Support (i.e., the sum of "Somewhat Agree/Support" and "Strongly Agree/ Support") is 50% and above among every political affiliation and age group
  • Read the June release with analysis of the Education findings.
  • Big Question for Candidates: “What is your plan to ensure that Arizona students have quality teachers and principals?”
Policy Items

 

Ensuring that Arizona schools have quality teachers and principals.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
89% 97% 96% 95% 98% 93% 98% 100% 96% 96%

 

Expanding career and technical education opportunities.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
78% 97% 96% 100% 98% 98% 100% 96% 96% 96%

 

Increasing teacher pay.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
72% 88% 80% 90% 98% 95% 90% 90% 85% 86%

 

Increasing the number of Arizona students who pursue and complete education or training beyond high school (including university, community college or technical/trade school).

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
70% 94% 90% 98% 99% 98% 92% 100% 94% 89%

 

Increasing funding for K-12 public education.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
65% 82% 69% 90% 97% 92% 82% 82% 84% 78%

 

Reducing financial barriers for students going to college.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
58% 80% 65% 90% 98% 88% 82% 87% 79% 74%

 

Closing gaps in educational outcomes for vulnerable populations, including low-income, those with disabilities, and English language learners.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
58% 83% 71% 90% 95% 90% 85% 92% 79% 78%

 

Increasing access and affordability of early learning for 3 and 4-year-olds.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
52% 78% 66% 85% 90% 93% 82% 82% 77% 70%

 

Value Statements

 

Every school should have the resources necessary to deliver quality education that prepares every child for the future, no matter their skin color, background, or zip code.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
88% 97% 95% 100% 98% 98% 98% 99% 96% 96%

 

Closing achievement gaps among our students is important to ensuring our state can produce the skilled workforce necessary for a strong economic future for Arizona.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
61% 86% 80% 90% 94% 90% 87% 90% 84% 83%

 

CFA coordinated with Education Forward Arizona (EFA), who conducted an additional poll to gain deeper insights into the priorities of likely Arizona voters on education, recognizing education is consistently one of the top issues for Arizonans. Learn more about the findings at educationforwardarizona.org.

 

  • Read the June release with analysis of the Economy & Inflation findings.
  • Read the September release with additional findings on State Spending.
  • Big Questions for Candidates:

    “What do you think the state should do with the surplus?”

    “Do you believe Arizona should prioritize cutting taxes or continue investing in critical infrastructure to keep up with growth, and why?”

Policy Items

 

Supporting Arizona's long-term economic growth.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
76% 95% 95% 98% 95% 95% 93% 96% 95% 94%

 

Addressing inflation.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
75% 92% 95% 93% 88% 93% 92% 91% 95% 90%

 

Addressing rising costs.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
69% 88% 88% 88% 89% 93% 92% 87% 91% 83%

 

Reducing gas prices.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
69% 87% 93% 83% 79% 90% 87% 87% 88% 84%

 

Increasing housing affordability.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
68% 88% 84% 88% 94% 98% 92% 84% 85% 88%

 

Increasing job creation and business investment.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
67% 92% 95% 88% 91% 93% 98% 92% 91% 90%

 

Value Statements

 

New To keep up with growth, we need to make ongoing investments in education, our transportation system, public safety, and other critical infrastructure.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
61% 89% 81% 93% 96% 97% 90% 91% 84% 88%

 

In regards to Arizona's budget surplus: Instead of continuing to cut taxes, we should be increasing funding for education, public safety, roads, and other critical investments that will boost our long-term economic growth.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
54% 82% 70% 93% 95% 92% 72% 80% 80% 84%

 

When you compare Arizona to other states across the country, our tax burden is relatively low. Everyone should pay their fair share of taxes to ensure that the state can continue to meet its core obligations.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
51% 84% 78% 90% 92% 86% 73% 76% 86% 89%

 

  • Read the June release of Water and Environment findings.
  • Read the September release with new insights on Water and Environment
  • Big Questions for Candidates:

    “What should Arizona do to protect our water future and secure our long-term water supplies?”

    “How should Arizona invest in securing our water future, cleaner air, energy improvement in rural areas, protecting our electric grid, and managing our forests?”

Policy Items

 

Securing Arizona's water future and addressing our long-term drought.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
83% 95% 94% 93% 98% 100% 97% 96% 94% 94%

 

Preserving and protecting Arizona's rivers, natural areas, and wildlife.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
80% 96% 93% 95% 99% 100% 92% 96% 94% 97%

 

Increasing investments and measures to prevent forest fires on state land.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
71% 93% 90% 93% 95% 93% 92% 92% 91% 94%

 

Improving air quality.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
62% 88% 80% 98% 99% 95% 90% 87% 85% 88%

 

New Investing available funding to address environmental and water issues, including drought resiliency, clean air, energy improvement in rural areas, electric grid resiliency, and forest fires.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
55% 85% 75% 88% 95% 88% 92% 90% 81% 83%

 

Value Statements

 

We need to do something to protect our water future and secure our long-term water supplies.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
74% 94% 89% 98% 99% 97% 95% 92% 93% 93%

 

We must support sustainable practices that protect our air, land, and water, and foster a high quality of life for all.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
65% 90% 80% 93% 100% 98% 88% 91% 89% 88%

 

  • Read the June release with analysis of the Election Reform findings.
  • Big Question for Candidates:

    “What should Arizona do to keep our elections secure while preventing barriers to participation?”

Policy Items

 

Ensuring that all candidates, regardless of party affiliation, have the same signature requirements to qualify for a particular elected office.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
67% 87% 92% 85% 82% 92% 85% 86% 86% 88%

 

Offering early in-person voting over multiple weeks leading up to Election Day.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
55% 74% 60% 75% 93% 85% 75% 80% 78% 63%

 

Value Statement

 

We can do more to secure our elections system and protect it from outside interference and fraudulent voting. At the same time, we must make sure that it remains easy to vote – and not create barriers to participation that disproportionately hurt certain communities.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
61% 87% 86% 85% 91% 93% 87% 85% 85% 88%

 

  • Read the June release with analysis of the Immigration findings.
  • Big Question for Candidates: “How do you define a functioning border for commerce, and what is your vision for immigration reform?”
Policy Items

 

Creating a functioning border for commerce and immigration.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
64% 87% 84% 90% 89% 86% 90% 89% 87% 84%

 

Creating a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients and dreamers who were brought to Arizona as children.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
61% 83% 67% 90% 98% 92% 88% 85% 79% 79%

 

Enacting comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
60% 81% 70% 95% 92% 93% 88% 89% 76% 76%

 

Value Statement

 

Immigration reform will ultimately strengthen the country. Mexico is Arizona's largest trading partner; we need to get serious about supporting comprehensive immigration reform because it will strengthen our economy and promote border security.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
53% 81% 73% 88% 92% 86% 87% 85% 79% 76%

 

  • Read the official announcement with analysis of the Housing Affordability & Homelessness findings.
  • Big Question for Candidates: “How do you propose to ensure all residents have access to housing that is safe and affordable?”
Policy Items

 

Increasing housing affordability.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
68% 88% 84% 88% 94% 98% 92% 84% 85% 88%

 

New Encouraging workforce housing options for essential workers such as firefighters, police officers, teachers, and healthcare staff.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
51% 78% 66% 70% 91% 85% 80% 83% 75% 74%

 

New Encouraging apartment developers to dedicate a few available units to families who qualify for housing assistance.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
51% 78% 66% 78% 97% 82% 76% 81% 75% 79%

 

Value Statement

 

New House prices and rental rates are out of control. Many essential workers are not able to afford housing in the communities they serve.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
60% 80% 70% 88% 91% 93% 81% 85% 77% 76%

 

New Landlords should not be allowed to keep a person out of housing based on how they pay for it – whether using their own funds or housing assistance.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
59% 78% 65% 90% 91% 80% 86% 75% 76% 76%

 

New Arizona must do more to make sure that housing options are affordable and available to middle- and low-income earners throughout the state.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
57% 79% 62% 88% 98% 88% 88% 78% 77% 76%

 

New State and local government have a role to play in making sure people who experience homelessness can access safe, affordable housing.

All Respondents Republican IND/Oth. Democrat Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-64 Age 65+
Strongly Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support Total Support
52% 83% 71% 83% 98% 95% 85% 85% 81% 78%

 

About the Arizona Voters’ Agenda Surveys

The Arizona Voters’ Agenda surveys were conducted among likely voters on April 12-19, 2022, and August 24, 2022, with a random sample of 500 people for each survey. The polls surveyed likely Arizona 2022 General Election voters with a history of electoral participation and were balanced to model the likely turnout of voters across party, age, region, and gender. The live interview surveys of voters were conducted in English and Spanish by HighGround Public Affairs to landline and cell phone users. Based on previous midterm election trends, the partisan advantage was set at +8% GOP. The margin of error is ±4.3%.

Survey Demographics
Survey Demographics

The Arizona Voters’ Agenda initiative is supported in part by Helios Education Foundation, Pharos Foundation, Rodel Foundation of Arizona, Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation, and Southern Arizona Leadership Council. CFA coordinated its first Arizona Voters’ Agenda Survey with Education Forward Arizona, which conducted another poll to gain deeper insights into likely Arizona voters’ priorities on education. The findings are available at educationforwardarizona.org.

 

New

The Arizona Voters’ Agenda Surveys point to "big questions" for candidates – a starter list is provided below. We encourage moderators, members of the press, and local voters to foster productive dialogue and seek out real answers.

EDUCATION

  • What is your plan to ensure Arizona students have quality teachers and principals?
  • What should Arizona do to increase teacher pay?
  • What should Arizona do to ensure every school has the resources they need to deliver quality education that prepares every child for the future?
  • Get even more questions at educationforwardarizona.org/priorities.

ECONOMY, INFLATION & STATE SPENDING

  • The State of Arizona continues to project a budget surplus for next year. What do you think the state should do with the surplus?
  • The Arizona Legislature passed a bipartisan budget in June 2022 that included investments of surplus dollars. Do you think additional investments are needed, and what would that look like?
  • Do you believe Arizona should prioritize cutting taxes or continue investing in critical infrastructure to keep up with growth, and why?
  • What critical infrastructure investments do you propose/support to best position Arizona for supporting future growth?
  • What investments would you make in education, transportation, public safety, and other critical infrastructure to support growth?
  • What investments are needed to support growth while expanding and securing access to key resources, like water and housing, over time?

WATER & ENVIRONMENT

  • What should Arizona do to protect our water future and secure long-term water supplies?
    • Should Arizona be planning for a future without Colorado River water?
    • Is Arizona prepared to handle a water crisis? What more can we do to conserve, regulate, and secure additional water supplies?
  • What sustainable practices should continue and be implemented to protect Arizona’s air, land, and water and foster a high quality of life for all?
    • What more can be done to preserve and protect Arizona’s rivers, natural areas, and wildlife?
    • How will you ensure Arizona makes sustainable gains on environmental concerns affecting everyday lives and economic vitality, such as forest fires and air quality?
  • How should Arizona invest in securing our water future, cleaner air, energy improvement in rural areas, protecting our electric grid, and managing our forests?

ELECTION REFORM

  • What should Arizona do to keep our elections secure while preventing barriers to participation?
  • What can Arizona do to ensure that all candidates, regardless of party affiliation, have the same signature requirements to qualify to run for elected office?
  • Do you support early and mail-in voting, and why or why not?
  • Do you believe Arizona elections are fair & secure, and are you confident in the accuracy of the results of the midterm elections? Why or why not?
  • What do you believe is the role of candidates and elected officials in engaging independent/unaffiliated voters?
  • Do you think candidates and elected officials are more effective at delivering on the priorities of Arizonans when they fight for what they believe is right and refuse to compromise or when they are willing to compromise and work across the aisle to find bipartisan solutions to complex problems, and why?

IMMIGRATION

  • How do you define a functioning border for commerce, and what is your vision for immigration reform?
  • How should Arizona influence the Federal Government in creating a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients and dreamers who were brought to Arizona as children?
  • How do your immigration plans strengthen our business relationships with Mexico and our economy for the long term?

AFFORDABLE HOUSING & HOMELESSNESS

  • What should Arizona do to address inflation and rising costs and make housing more affordable?
  • How do you propose to ensure all residents have access to housing that is safe and affordable?
  • What can Arizona do to ensure developers and landlords support efforts to make affordable housing accessible?

 

WHAT DIDN’T MAKE THE ARIZONA VOTERS’ AGENDA?

The survey covered a wide array of issues, and some highly publicized topics did NOT reach the level of support necessary to be considered a priority of a majority of voters, including:

  • Opposing the teaching of critical race theory and controversial topics.
  • Reducing income taxes.
  • Eliminating mail-in voting.
  • Changing the law to require those who vote by mail to provide their driver's license number or voter ID number in order for their vote to count.
  • Completing the wall on the border between the United States and Mexico.

Check out our resources for tips for redirecting candidate conversations to focus on voters' priorities.