Paul Babeu's Favorability With Arizona Voters Hits the Toilet; Joe Arpaio's Support Split

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Public Policy Polling released the last of the results from its probe of Arizona voters today, which show that if you're one of Arizona's two most-famous sheriff's, most people don't like you.

More people said they liked the City of Yuma than said they liked Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu. Yuma.

A full 23 percent of people who picked up the phone for PPP last week said they had a "favorable" view of Babeu, who recently dropped his congressional bid.

(Yuma scored the hearts and minds of 31 percent.)

As for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, just 46 percent of people said they haven't been paying attention had a "favorable view" of him.

We'll give you the rest of the bullet points below, based on 500 Arizona voters:

  • Thirty-nine percent support gay marriage, 38 percent support civil unions for gay couples, and 21 percent don't like either.
  • Flagstaff is more popular than Phoenix, Tucson, and Yuma.
  • More than half of Arizonans didn't give a rip about the Phoenix Coyotes' playoff run.
  • Almost half don't think Arizona will be a swing state, while one-fifth don't know.
  • Mitt Romney leads Obama.
  • Nine percent of Arizonans say they like libertarian Gary Johnson for president.
  • If Mitt Romney chose Arpaio, Senator John McCain, or Governor Jan Brewer as his running mate, he'd so worse in Arizona than he would without them.

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wherewasi
wherewasi

I had a really scary moment reading that information:

Arpaio as Vice President?!?!?!

WTF?

Terracoms
Terracoms

When are we going to come to our senses and stop electing sheriffs?  This isn't Tombstone Territory anymore.  A Sheriff should be a professionally trained, seasoned law enforcement officer with more experience than being a jailhouse guard or serving in the Military.  They should have a solid, well-vetted resume and face not only a rigorous interview before the board of supervisors. If they don't perform their prescribed duties or act out in ways unseemly to their professionm, they can be FIRED!  Think how much the taxpyers would already have saved if Joe Arpaio and Paul Babeau had been canned long ago.  They would never have gotten away with the theatrics and corruption that has disgraced not only their offices, but the State of Arizona.

Tim_Dorn
Tim_Dorn

Well, Arpaio did put Arizona on the map.  America's most well-known sheriff.  Well-known for misconduct and corruption.

ltc444
ltc444

Paul Babeu is a con man who believes that you can Fool all of the People all of the time.  He has mismanaged his budget for the entire time he has been sheriff.  He has paid overtime for deputies to watch persons who have had the audacity to criticize him.  One person had deputies stationed outside his home for weeks on end.  He dispatched a SWAT unit to observe another critic in the White Mountains because he thought that person would be there.  They left when his "illegaL" wiretaps intercepted a conversation with the resident of the home discussing the settings for his rifle to fire on the snipers the next time the SWATs shined their laser rifle site through the residents window.

He dispatched 4 deputies to a residence at Bryan Martyns behest on a mischief complaint.  The deputies wrote up a false report.  The Judge laughed them out of court and the assistant Prosecutor apologized for his activities in the case.  A
He directed his "special Deputies" to stop Hispanics, improperly input their data into the computer so that it would turn up bogus warrants, and if that did not work harass the victim by physical means so as to create an assault on a Police Officer charge. 

What Pinal County needs is a Top Cop who will enforce the laws, work within a budget and serve the Citizens of Pinal County equally. There are a number of candidates in the race who could do this.  Constable Jack McClaren, the lone elected official who stood against Babeu is in my estimation the best candidate for the Sheriff'f Job.

Xi Li Lo
Xi Li Lo

More strikingly, Babeu's favorable-unfavorable ratio continues to slide even among conservatives & Republicans.  When he threw in the towel in the CD-4 race, he made a lot of noise to the effect that he'd weathered the menses horribiles that began with Monica Alonzo's Feb 17th article.  But the reality is that he's more unpopular now than he was even in the mouth of the Orozco scandal, even among his ostensible base.  A lot of people still aren't paying attention, but as they do form an opinion, they're breaking strongly (70-30) against him.  So still a dead man walking.

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