Michael: Public Opinion of Arizona's Governor Riding High, Republican Legislature Stuck in a DitchPolling data from the Social Research Laboratory at Northern Arizona University indicates that Arizonans strongly support Napolitano, and are, at best, ambiguous about the Republican controlled legislature.
Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Janet Napolitano is handling her job as governor of Arizona?
- Approve: 70%
- Disapprove: 17%
- Don’t know: 13%
What about the state legislature? Do you approve or disapprove of the job the state legislature is doing?
- Approve: 38%
- Disapprove: 32%
- Don’t know: 30%
Methodology: Telephone interviews to 423 Arizona adults, conducted from Mar. 23 to Mar. 26, 2005. Margin of error is 4.8 per cent.
It's clear that Arizonans approve of how the Governor has stood up for working families and children in the budget battles, and disapprove of the Republicans' philosophy of tax cuts uber alles, immigrant and minority bashing, privatizing our schools and prosthelytizing our children.
It is not uncommon for the public to have a clearer concept of the job a high-profile executive is doing in comparison to an amorphous and compromise-riddled deliberative body. That difference in reflected in twice as many people not having any idea of whether they approved of the legislature's work. But the over 30% greater positives for Governor cannot be attributed solely to her natural advantage as an executive; this large a difference between approval rates is indicative of a genuine agreement with her priorities and values.