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New Poll: Voters in Arizona Support Voting Rights Legislation, Want Senator Sinema to Vote to Modify Senate Rules to Allow It to Pass

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New Poll: Voters in Arizona Support Voting Rights Legislation, Want Senator Sinema to Vote to Modify Senate Rules to Allow It to Pass

A new poll by Public Policy Polling finds Senate voting rights legislation is highly popular with voters in Arizona, and that voters want their senators to act to protect those rights. The poll, commissioned by People For the American Way, finds that 53% of Arizona voters want the Senate’s Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act voting rights bill to pass, versus just 28% who do not.

In addition, more voters in Arizona want their U.S. senators to modify the rules to pass voting rights than those who did not. When polled, 51% of voters said Sen. Kyrsten Sinema should vote to change Senate rules if necessary to pass voting rights, versus 36% who said she should not.  

Memo from Public Policy Polling on survey:

A new Public Policy Polling survey finds that a majority (53%) of Arizona voters support legislation to protect the right to vote and get dark money out of politics. Voters were asked about the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act— introduced in the U.S. Senate as the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act—which are a response to the growing trend of state legislatures across the country passing restrictive voting laws that make it harder for Americans to vote. Just 28% of Arizona voters oppose the legislation.

A majority (51%) of Arizona voters also want Senator Kyrsten Sinema to vote to modify Senate rules if necessary to allow this legislation to get dark money out of our elections and protect voting rights to pass. Only 36% disagree, saying they do not want Sinema to modify the Senate rules.

Other key findings from the survey include:

  • Biden and Trump have similar favorability ratings among Arizona voters: Biden is underwater in favorability by 11 points (42-53), while Trump is underwater in favorability by 12 points (43-55).
  • Senator Sinema also has a net negative favorability rating, with 45% of voters having an unfavorable opinion of her and 42% having a favorable opinion.
  • Legislation to protect voting rights earns support across all age groups, but especially among seniors: 62% of voters over the age of 65 support the legislation, while 51% of voters between the ages of 46 and 65 and 50% between the ages of 18 and 45 are also in support.

Public Policy Polling surveyed 554 Arizona voters from January 17-18, 2022. The margin of error is +/- 4.2%. 66% of interviews for the survey were conducted by text message and 34% by telephone.

Read the full results of the poll