"Birther" Bill Is a Favorite of Arizona Voters, According to Poll

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According to this poll, that's your average Arizona voter.
Of some of the more controversial ideas tossed around the Arizona Legislature, the "birther" bill is the most popular to voters, according to a recent poll.

The Morrison Institute for Public Policy quizzed Arizona voters on five of the more controversial bills brought up by the right-hand side of the Legislature, including the citizen militia, religious objections to contraception, bringing guns to public places, stronger abortion regulations, and of course, the "birther" bill.

Just one of those ideas had more support than opposition -- the "birther" bill.

Sixty percent of the voters polled supported the bill "that would require presidential candidates to come to sign an affidavit that they are an American citizen," while 36 percent opposed it.

Just over one-third of the poll respondents said they "strongly support" the idea.

In another indication that Arizona's state representatives and senators may not exactly be representative of their constituents, a couple of the more popular of these controversial pieces of legislation were the ones killed at the Legislature.

The "birther" bill, pushed during the most recent legislative session by state Representative Carl Seel, was killed pretty quickly.

The third-most popular piece of legislation in the poll, the citizen militia -- "creating an armed volunteer citizen militia to patrol the Arizona-Mexico border" -- wasn't even voted on in the House.

Forty percent of those polled wanted to see the citizen militia.

On the other hand, the second-most popular bill -- abortion regulations, including a ban past 20 weeks of pregnancy -- was signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer in April.

Forty-four percent of people supported that one, while 47 percent did not.

The two least-popular bills, the religious opt-out to contraception coverage and bringing guns in public places, received support of 13 percent and 23 percent, respectively.

Both of those bills passed the Legislature, as the religious opt-out bill is sitting on the governor's desk, while Brewer vetoed the firearms bill.

Bruce Merrill, the man behind the polls, says there's a reason for this disconnect between voters and legislators.

"It is clear that the main reason for this disconnect is that most of the legislators sponsoring these bills were elected during the primary election when voter turnout is very low," Merrill says. "During low-turnout elections, voters who are at the extreme end of both the 'right' and the 'left' disproportionately are the ones who go to the polls.

"For those who disagree with the Legislature's policies and want a more 'moderate' public policy, the message is clear -- get out and vote in the primaries, as those who vote legitimately have the right to determine public policy," he says.

According to the poll, 488 people were quizzed, with 36 percent Republican, 30 percent Democrat, and 34 percent registered independent or "other."

Go to page two to read more about Arizona's "birther bill" and the call for descriptions of candidates' penises.

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daddio
daddio

A State full of crackers elects crackers

PvtParts
PvtParts

Down here in Tucson..we know it's the morons in Phoenix..

Idiots..

MGM
MGM

Is it the heat or the meth out there?

Publius
Publius

There is still way too much of this false equivalency in reporting, that somehow both Republicans and Democrats are to blame for not finding a compromise position.  Examine this political web objectively.  The Democrats are pretty much where they have been since 1933, or at least 1967, LBJ.  Burton Barr and Barry Goldwater were not this wacky. The Republicans have moved more and more right, and are more and more strident and unwilling to compromise--God has personally ordained their ideas--except when Obama agrees with them.  As Cathi Herrod from the Arizona Center for Theocracy admitted, the opportunity to have these many crazy right wingers is not going to come again soon.  Providence help us in Arizona. 

Da Rippa
Da Rippa

I have a question. I was born in The Bahamas (a sovereign nation) by two American citizens.
I have a Bahamian and American birth certificate. What does that make me?

katahdin
katahdin like.author.displayName 1 Like

It depends: are you white? If so, then you are an American. If not, then you're a scary Muslim Socialist furriner.

ParkerShannon
ParkerShannon

At birth, you were a dual citizen of the Bahamas (jus solis) and of The United States (jus sanguinis). 

T.Gigs
T.Gigs

 Well Parker, before you spout off you might want to ask a few questions.

Were Da Rippa's parents diplomats? That might make a difference, ya know.

ParkerShannon
ParkerShannon

That's true, but since he doesn't stipulate that, my answer stands.

Hock
Hock

I'm suspect of this poll.  I know nobody who supports the bills in question, and I have right-sided friends.

Carl Pastore
Carl Pastore

If these white crackers do not believe this President is a U S citizen.Then we should elect more people from other countries.This President did more for our country, then the party of no .

ParkerShannon
ParkerShannon

Crackers, of course is a racist term, but no one doubts that Obama is a citizen.

However, he is not a "natural born" citizen as required by Article 2 Section 1 Clause 5 of the United States Constitution.

Obama has always claimed to be a "native born," 14th Amendment citizen:

http://www.theobamafile.com/_i...

Here are 4 examples explaining who is, amd who isn't eligible to serve as POTUS:

http://theobamafile.com/_eligi...

Cheers . . .

katahdin
katahdin

Birther blogs are not realiable. 

ParkerShannon
ParkerShannon

The United States Library of
Congress has selected TheObamaFile.com for
inclusion in itshistoric collection of Internet
materials.

Your petty observation is not only misspelled but irrelevant.
 

Alexk1
Alexk1

Sigh. Sometimes it is really embarrassing being an Arizonan. 

Roby
Roby

Arizona is just Mississippi with "Cowboy hats and spurs." Both places tend to get pretty hot. Hmm, maybe I'm are on to something! It's the heat that makes them dumb as rocks!

ParkerShannon
ParkerShannon

Re:  "This attempt at 'birther'-ism forces candidates to sign a sworn affidavit -- under penalties of perjury -- that they're eligible. The chair of the national political party for each candidate has to do the same."

That is the current law and the Democratic National Committee and its Chairman, Nancy Pelosi submitted fraudulent Official Certification of Nomination documents:

http://theobamafile.com/_opini...

If the writer did his homework and was a little less snarky it would help his impersonation of a "journalist."

Marcus
Marcus

I'm thinking you live near a chemical plant, yes? I knew it. I can always tell.

ParkerShannon
ParkerShannon

Actually, I abut the beautiful Blue Hills Reservation just south of Boston.

Typically, you guys are nowhere near as smart, nor as clever as you think you are.

Tail_kinker
Tail_kinker

hahaha...wow...what are these sheeple smoking?  "birther bill" will make it a requirement to have potential presidential candidates sign an affidavit that they are american citizens?  really?  cause, hey, no one ever lies when they sign an affidavit.  affidavits are pretty much foolproof and would catch anybody trying to pull the wool over the voters' eyes, eh? 

Menk732
Menk732

tea baggers are composed of birthers, birchers, creatards, fundies and other asorted whack jobs

Publius
Publius

To quote a great political philosopher, They are really rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shit-kickers and beholders to the Arizona Center for Theocracy.

ronp121
ronp121

Do they really just get dumber everyday or is this just a once in a lifetime thing? 

Rshreiner
Rshreiner

I guess those dopes in Arizona that support the "birther law" are all for requiring all visitors to Arizona to sign an affidavit stating that they have valid drivers licenses as well ?
I mean, if you won't accept a duly certified and signed certificate of live birth from the state registrar of another state, then you certainly can't trust that a drivers license is valid now can you ? ?

Thelonious Specter
Thelonious Specter

Q. What’s long, hard, and takes three years for a Birther?
A. Third grade.

Thelonious Specter
Thelonious Specter

Q: What’s the difference between a bag of shit and a Birther?
A: The bag.

Thelonious Specter
Thelonious Specter

Q: How do you start a Birther parade?
A: Roll a few cans of Skoal down the street.

Thelonious Specter
Thelonious Specter like.author.displayName 1 Like

Did you hear about the Birther that locked his keys in his convertible?
He had to use a coat hanger to get his family out.

Thelonious Specter
Thelonious Specter like.author.displayName 1 Like

Q. What does it say on the bottom of Coke bottles sold in Arizona?
A. "Open other end." 

Thelonious Specter
Thelonious Specter like.author.displayName 1 Like

Q: How do you tell whom the Groom is at a Birther wedding?
A: He's the guy wearing the CLEAN wifebeater. 

Thelonious Specter
Thelonious Specter

Q: How do you drive a Birther mad?
A: Put him in the oval office and tell him the President's Kenyan Birth Certificate is hidden in the corner. 

Thelonious Specter
Thelonious Specter like.author.displayName 1 Like

A Liberal walked into a bar and asked the bartender, "Hey, have you heard the latest Birther joke?"
The bartender replied, coldly, "No. And I'll have you know I'm Birther."
"That's O.K.," said the Liberal, "I'll talk slow." 

Thelonious Specter
Thelonious Specter

Q: What does a Birther have in common with a beer bottle?
A: They're both empty from the neck up.
 

Thelonious Specter
Thelonious Specter

Q. Why did the Birther stare at the Orange Juice carton?
A. Because it said, "CONCENTRATE". 

Thelonious Specter
Thelonious Specter

Q. What's the solution to the Birther problem?
A. Live ammo for Civil War reenactments. 

Thelonious Specter
Thelonious Specter like.author.displayName 1 Like

Q. What do you say to a Birther in uniform?
A. "I'll have a Big Mac with cheese, fries and a coke."

Thelonious Specter
Thelonious Specter like.author.displayName 1 Like

A Birther came home from elementary school when his mother asked him, "So, did you make any new friends today?"

"Yup. I played this game called ‘Who's Got the Biggest Pee Pee’ and the other boys said I won because I'm a Birther."

His mother laughed and replied, "No sweetie, you won because you're 23."

Thelonious Specter
Thelonious Specter like.author.displayName 1 Like

Q. How can you tell you're at a Birther Junior Prom?
A. It has day care.

Thelonious Specter
Thelonious Specter like.author.displayName 1 Like

Q. Why wouldn’t the Birther Dad let his twelve year old daughter smoke at the table?
A. It would set a bad example for their kids.

Ralph
Ralph

Arizona voters must all be from Texas These people have to be uneducated with less than a 3rd grade education and FOX no news viewers the most misinformed people in our nation 

Jrdement
Jrdement

This is Arizona we're talking about, why and how could ANYONE be surprised?

Stephen Riggs
Stephen Riggs

If this "legislation" passes Obama will easily present the proper documentation, which will be immediately labeled as false by the birther nuts.  They will never stop.

daddio
daddio

Obviously way too many Arizonans that have not worn hats and have brain fry!!

Jimmy
Jimmy

This just speaks volumes as to why Arizona is so screwed these days. 

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