Poll: 57 Percent of Arizona Residents Trust the State Government

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Matthew Hendley


Surprise of the day: More than half of Arizonans actually trust the state government.

According to a Gallup poll, 57 percent of Arizona residents trust the state government, which seems extraordinarily high, given the circumstances.

Right now, Arizona has the eighth-highest unemployment rates among the 50 states.

Two Arizona lawmakers, Ben Arredondo and Richard Miranda, have been convicted of federal crimes in recent years. Another lawmaker, Scott Bundgaard, got into a fight with his girlfriend on the side of the road, while another lawmaker, Daniel Patterson, was forced out of his job by his fellow lawmakers after being accused of all sorts of weird behavior.

Lest we forget the fact that a majority of the lawmakers appear to be beholden to a theocratic Christian organization, the Center for Arizona Policy, the force behind anti-gay SB 1062, and apparently the most powerful force at the state capitol.

Over at the attorney general's office, you have Attorney General Tom Horne, who's committed a hit-and-run, been tailed by undercover FBI agents, accused of campaign-finance improprieties, and hired his alleged mistress with a six-figure salary.

Over at the governor's office, Governor Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 into law, but also sometimes makes up stuff, like the headless bodies littering the Arizona desert.

For those with longer memories, seven state lawmakers were convicted of charges for taking bribes in a sting operation known as AZSCAM. Former Governor Fife Symington was convicted of fraud while in office, for his previous dealings in real estate (he was eventually pardoned by President Bill Clinton). Before that, Governor Evan Mecham was impeached from office.

And this is nowhere near a conclusive list of all the corruption or scandals uncovered in various parts of the state government, but just a few notable examples.

So how are 57 percent of people trusting the state government?

According to the Gallup poll, that 57 percent is just below the national average. In Illinois, the trust is at 28 percent, but it's above 40 percent in all other states.

Our guess for why Arizona's rate of trust is 57 percent is the way the question was worded (emphasis ours):
How much trust and confidence do you have in the government of the state where you live when it comes to handling state problems -- a great deal, a fair amount, not very much, or none at all?
Not that the state is known for being particularly adept at solving problems, but it might explain why the rate is so high, rather than a focus on the people who are tasked with solving these problems.

In the poll, 11 percent of Arizonans said they trust the government a great deal, 46 percent said they trust it a fair amount, 29 percent said they don't trust it very much, and 13 percent said they don't trust it at all.

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Caroline Maul
Caroline Maul

Oh, hell no. State government is always worse then the feds.

MaryAnn Holtz
MaryAnn Holtz

They trust the government of the state they moved here from ?

Patrick N. Smith
Patrick N. Smith

Yes, I trust them to steal from me and hamper me with officious restrictions of all kinds to benefit their cronies.

Craig Murphy
Craig Murphy

They only poll people w land lines. LandLines= retirees

Jerry Young
Jerry Young

I think Gallup polled a friendly zip code! Regardless of the issue, are you getting the attention of our elected representative? No! Why? Because it takes more than you, me and a few others. Several hundred may get their attention for a small local town council, maybe several thousand for a state representatives but it will take at least a minimum of several million to get their attention in Washington. We need to stay proactive, keep writing and share this call for others to become reactive...and don't forget to vote!

Kal Varnson
Kal Varnson

Me too Joe Kennedy... off to COOS BAY OREGON over the summer...

Kal Varnson
Kal Varnson

NO................. 42 yo SWF, AA, BS, MEd, MEd., 4 kids.

Bill Furlong
Bill Furlong

Who was sampled the the self serving state house with there strke all amendments .as far as az goverment x files was right .trust no one

Jeff Kee
Jeff Kee

Absolutely not. They are underhanded, sneaky, and manipulative. Did they mostly ask old white people?

DjAdidas Nick Nuvamsa
DjAdidas Nick Nuvamsa

I'm half Hopi indian, and thus why I or any family on my native side trust any government lol

Drew William
Drew William

I don't see what getting a permit hurts for carrying a concealed firearm. you enjoy not having to get one... why? out of curiosity. it doesn't make sense to me.

Jimmy Green
Jimmy Green

Same as the dems Eric. I think Lois Lerner is going to prison. Lol.

Sarah Berl
Sarah Berl

No fucking way. I can't wait to graduate and get out of here

Eric Marshall
Eric Marshall

LMAO full of blue criminals? yea, thats why over half the AZ GOP in the Leg got caught taking bribes, and over a dozen have written laws that benefit their personal businesses. dont be a maroon.

Eric Marshall
Eric Marshall

Ten Bears, YOU are exactly whats wrong with America! There is a reason GOD isnt anywhere in the Constitution, and you are a prime example of why. You dont believe in freedom, you believe your views should be law. You believe laws should be written based on religion, you think gays have no rights or even deserve equal treatment simply because of their sexual preference. Who made you GOD, Judge, and the jury to decide for me?!?! You may have read the Bible, but you obviously skipped over a few verses..like Matthew 7:1, or Matthew 7:15 (you, and those like you being the latter)

Eric Marshall
Eric Marshall

the better question is Jerk, why the hell are all these kooks moving here?!?

Napz Ircrew
Napz Ircrew

Don't answer this, you'll be on the government watch list

rinor_2042
rinor_2042

Yeah im curious how many people were polled and what populations. You have to weary of poems numbers usually only done via a sample of the population usually about 1000+

Jimmy Green
Jimmy Green

State? Yes. Thank god it's red. Federal? Absolutely not. Full of blue criminals.

Bryan Tankersley
Bryan Tankersley

I'd trust the government before I trusted "Ten Bears!" He's plum freaking cray cray!

Joel Ayala
Joel Ayala

I was an employee of the State of Arizona. I became fed up, and walked away after 18 years. Take it from me, don't trust State Government in Arizona until the state turns blue.

Eric Black
Eric Black

Haha look at that "Ten Bears" dude. He believes in fairy tales.

Ten Bears
Ten Bears

There in what is written is exactly what homosexuals are! I have seen it! I have read about it in the bible and I know sugarcoated devils tongues try every avenue to make this detestible act a way of acceptance! 2 cor 6 14 on separate yourselves from them that they may be made to repent in that this is a death sentence to all who partake or do not correct them in their ways! Basically, GOD GAVE THEM AIDS, THAT IS A FEATHER COMPARED TO WHAT HE SENDS NOW!

B Thomas Cooper
B Thomas Cooper

Only an absolute idiot would trust Jan Brewer... our roads have grossly deteriorated since she became governor.

Ten Bears
Ten Bears

Nope just the plain facts you try to sugar coat satan!

James Gerber
James Gerber

Wow, Ten Bears, you really have a lot of anger in your heart. I really hope you can find the courage to seek the help you appear to need to deal with these emotions and work through whatever trauma has happened to you in the past. I think we agree that sexual abuse, rape, and child molestation are horrible things and we need to do what we can to prevent these horrible acts of violence from happening. But here are some facts regarding perpetrators of sexual abuse. There is no correlation between a person's sexual orientation and being a perpetrator. Yes, homosexual people do abuse, but the majority of perpetrators are heterosexual males; regardless of the gender of the victims. Women make up a small percentage of abusers.

Connie Gaines Danlow
Connie Gaines Danlow

Why are so many people so unaware that our government lies. The have been lying since before we had a government. Washington lied. All of the founding fathers lied. Maybe they lied less, but if it suited their purposed they lied. Pull your head from the sand. Big government and big business do not have a code of ethics.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

That's just it I see the big picture. I didn't even mention that this state is in the top 5 of the most in welfare recipients. All they do is sugar coat things in this state. Any negative statistic this state is at the top. As a whole.

david_saint01
david_saint01

people like you, have no business voting.you have lost all touch with reality

david_saint01
david_saint01

the scary thing is, our state is full of zealot idiots just like him

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