Arizona Republicans Still Mostly Undecided on Candidate in Governor's Race

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The primary election is only about six weeks away, but the latest poll in the governor's race shows about half the Republicans surveyed don't have a pick.

The poll released today by local political consulting firm Highground shows Treasurer Doug Ducey in first, at just 17 percent.

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Ducey's followed by former GoDaddy higher-up Christine Jones, and former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith.

Smith's son Ryan works at Highground.

Here's what the group got out of 400 Republican primary voters:
Q: If the Republican primary election for Governor were held today, who would you vote for: [Randomize names]

17.3% Doug Ducey
15.3% Christine Jones
9.8% Scott Smith
3.5% Ken Bennett
3.0% Andrew Thomas
1.5% Frank Riggs
44.8% Undecided
5.0% Don't Know, Refused
That's just about 50 percent of Republicans not picking a candidate.

Two previous polls released in earlier months -- one in February, and one in March -- showed similar results, as far as people being undecided. But primary day is on August 26, and early-ballot voters will have to decide before that. Early balloting starts in just a couple of weeks.

Here's what else Highground got out of its poll:
Q: What do you consider to be the top issue facing Arizona today? [Randomize]

62.8% Immigration and Border Issues
20.8% Jobs and the Economy
8.5% Education
3.5% State Budget
2.8% Healthcare
1.5% Taxes
0.3% Transportation

Q: On a scale of 5 to 1 on which 5 means a major public policy crisis, 4 means a serious issue, 3 is not an important issue, 2 means an ordinary issue, and 1 means an overblown issue, how would you rate immigration and border issues in Arizona?

5.8% Overblown issue
1.8% Ordinary issue
4.5% Not an important issue
21.8% A serious issue
65.3% A major issue crisis
1.0% Undecided, Refused

Q: Do you support or oppose comprehensive immigration reform?

22.5% Definitely Oppose
7.5% Probably Oppose
19.0% Probably Support
32.5% Definitely Support
18.5% Don't Know, Refused

Q: Would you support an immigration reform policy that would secure the border with more agents, fencing and technology; crack down on employers who hire illegal immigrants; provide a 10 year waiting time to apply to become a lawful permanent resident, but NOT citizenship; and develop a system to issue temporary visas for limited periods for both high and low skilled workers where jobs are not being filled?

10.0% Definitely No
5.8% Probably No
34.0% Probably Yes
43.0% Definitely Yes
7.3% Don't Know, Refused

Q: What do you think the Federal Government should do about the estimated 50,000 children who have entered the U.S. illegally in recent months? [Rotate]

66.3% Immediately return unaccompanied children back to their country of origin
17.0% Permit children to stay with relatives in the US while deportation hearings proceed
5.5% Keep the children in Customs detention centers while deportation hearings proceed
3.8% Allow the children to stay in the United States
7.5% Don't Know, Refused

Q: If the Federal government refuses to secure the border, would you support the state of Arizona increasing taxes to allocate additional resources to securing the border and increasing immigration enforcement?

24.5% Definitely No
12.3% Probably No
20.5% Probably Yes
37.3% Definitely Yes
5.5% Don't Know, Refused

Q: If you had to chose, would you more closely identify yourself as [Rotate]

35.8% Part of the traditional Republican Party
23.3% Part of the Tea Party Movement
34.5% An independent
4.0% Other
2.5% Don't Know, Refused
On the Democratic side, things are pretty well settled -- Fred DuVal is the only Dem candidate on the ballot.

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Marc Schwabinger
Marc Schwabinger

Lets Look To The Libertarians cause what we got to choose from is sickening

DNichols
DNichols

Now that we have deported America's "Hardest, most Devoted" workers, and crashed America's economy lets double  the minumum wage for our  College graduates as they now  flip hamburgers, scrub dishes, and drive tractors?!


How about that Repub's?!


Nice work.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

I will vote for a quality candidate rather than tow the party line.

annarkey14
annarkey14

The survey just goes to show what kind of sub-humans populate this state.


Do America a solid Arizona...........SECEDE!


This country would be a better place without you and you can sit here in the desert and wallow in your ignorance and hate to your little heart's content.


The new Arizona symbol----The Burning Cross


The new Arizona Bird---The Red Necked, Yellow Bellied Buzzard. (Favorite habitat- The Redneck Pecker Woods)

New Arizona mammal---The Lemming.

 New Arizona Dance--The Inebriated Knuckle-Drag.


Yep...........sounds like a Tea Party Paradise.


eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Immigration and border issues are a major crisis. Yes. Unaccompanied children are pouring over the border between AZ and MX. Ordinary border crashers are hopping that imaginary line more than ever. The Border Patrol is catching illegals at an astounding rate, although most manage to slip through. Phoenix especially is awash in new arrivals, committing serious crimes to a degree never before seen. NOT!!! I used to think Scott Smith is a pretty decent guy, but he's picked up on this also. The others, well, everything out of their mouths is pure gobbledegook. That said, from what little I know about him, Ducey seems to be the one to beat. Any Dem is going to have a tough row to hoe trying to take the big prize away from him. So Teathugs, Ducey is my choice for the top of the GOTP ticket. In any case, may the best charlatan and snake oil salesman win.

annarkey14
annarkey14

Q: What do you think the Federal Government should do about the estimated 50,000 children who have entered the U.S. illegally in recent months? [Rotate]

66.3% Immediately return unaccompanied children back to their country of origin
17.0% Permit children to stay with relatives in the US while deportation hearings proceed
5.5% Keep the children in Customs detention centers while deportation hearings proceed
3.8% Allow the children to stay in the United States
7.5% Don't Know, Refused

Somebody mail the results of this question to the Ayatollah Cathi Herrod. It is proof positive that Arizonans only care about children up until the instant of birth. After that..............

FUCK EM.

DNichols
DNichols

January 2008 began the I.C.E. Deportation/Incarceration Programs.


January 2008 also began the "Great Recession".


A mass exodus of America's hardest, and most devoted workers began in mid 2007 in advance of the upcoming I.C.E. Hitler esqe Programs that have ripped thousands of Mothers, and Fathers from their Families, and even from their legal citizen children/babies.


This is what burst the housing "Bubble" triggered the "Foreclosure Crisis", and has caused a resurgence of racism, and Hatred across America.

The Hard labor gladly done for America by these Immigrants was the very "Foundation" of America's then strong economy.

Every Government  Bail Out, Stimulus, Cash for clunkers, Mortgage help program, ect. has in fact occurred since the January 2008 start of the "War against" Immigrants, and is a direct result of the deportation/incarceration damage to our U.S.  economy.


The Republicans will no doubt pick the Candidate that has the biggest Blow Hard Mouth about Immigration, the Border, and "No AMNESTY", and who un-patriotically bashes our current United States President the most.

Hitler would be very proud of the worthless trash trying to benefit Politically off Racism, and Hate.


To: Good, and Brotherhood, from sea to shining sea.


Stop the Border Ranting, Private Prison Profiteering, and Hatred.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DNichols 

And as a side-note, I'd be really curious to hear how it is that the economy is currently recovering while the number of deportations has gone up.

That should be a good story.  I can't wait.

 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DNichols 

Could you explain again how the deportations caused the international credit default swap market to collapse?  There might be a Nobel Prize in Economics waiting for you if you can manage it.



valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@annarkey14 

You didn't actually read the survey results before you wrote that, did you.

Typical liberal.


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@annarkey14 

What a ridiculous assessment.   Do you think the U.S. should just take in all the children in the world who live in poverty?  Do you have any common sense at all , or are all of your decisions based simply on emotional knee jerks?

 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DNichols 

Anybody who seriously entertains the ridiculous idea that all of those illegals were homeowners, or that they in any other way had a significant impact on the housing market, should do the honorable thing and abstain from ever voting again.

Thinking citizens thank you.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@DNichols Who d'ya 'spose is most against "sending them back?" Why, the Chamber of Commerce, that's who. Every time a worker is "repatriated," a businessman faces the prospect of having to find a red-blooded American to do the same job as a Mexi... only at a much higher wage. And he has to pay his part of Social Security and Medicare taxes. Bummer!

james8394
james8394

@DNichols OK, the Hitler stuff is kind of over the top but the rest of your analysis is pretty much spot on. 

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DNichols


Wow dnicky, your head is so far up your liberal ass I bet it is hard to breathe up there.  


Were you ever grounded in reality?  Jazus!  

DNichols
DNichols

@valleynative @DNichols 

Crashed 2008 U.S. Economy/Great Recession 101:

The mass exodus of Immigrants which began in mid 2007 caused the then booming housing market to fall on its face, then as home values plummeted many, many more Americans let homes go into foreclosure once the homes values dropped below what they owed.

The start of the January 2008 Deportations/Incarcerations triggered the entire "Great Recession"

No Banking system on Earth could withstand the Massive vacated dwellings, and foreclosures that were a direct result of the displacement of millions of hard workers in America, and the economic disaster that it had on hard hit ares like my home town of Mesa Arizona which was dubbed "The Epicenter of Foreclosures in America."

All Bail Outs, Stimulus packages, Cash for Clunkers, Mortgage Programs ect. were after the start of the 2008 I.C.E. Programs began, and were a direct result of the vacated Immigrants dwellings, and massive forecloses that followed.

Let me ask you all wise valley; Do you not think the displacement of Millions of hard working residents and tens of thousands of vacated dwellings literally overnight, no matter who owned them had any bearing on the "Foreclosure Crisis."

Yes nearly seven years later the U.S. Economy is still struggling up, and down trying to recover from the Deportation/Incarceration damage done to it.

Hope this helps you some Valley.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Jukes @MaskedMagician1967


I don't believe that qualifies as a grammatical error, but an error nonetheless.  Origins of words and phrases are always interesting.   

DNichols
DNichols

@fishingblues @DNichols 

Once again fishingblues: "Wow".

Fisteesassechoes
Fisteesassechoes

@fishingblues @DNichols  Wow Fistee, what's amazing, is that you have absolutely no problem at all breathing with your head shoved up your cavernous teatard ass. But I'll bet that echo you hear when you speak has to get annoying after awhile.

james8394
james8394

@ConcernedCitizenAZ @james8394 Yes, there are, and our government does many of them. But again, I think Hitler analogies are not called for. They are intellectually lazy. Just my opinion. Thanks.

james8394
james8394

@ConcernedCitizenAZ @james8394 I just think Hitler and Nazi comparisons dishonor the people that suffered the original Holocaust. Nothing our government does, even drone strikes,which I believe should be stopped, can even come close to the systematic destruction of people based on tribal affiliation as took place under Hitler. That is why I said it was over the top.   

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@annarkey14 


Golly no, nark.  I had a perfect childhood. In fact, I'm still enjoying it.  

james8394
james8394

@ConcernedCitizenAZ So, i'd have to go to an art museum to be able to have an opinion about art? Or a children's museum to know a bit about children? Or a science museum  to know a bit about science? My point is not in any way about negating the Holocaust. It is simply to say that using Nazi and Hitler analogies, in this sort of context, in my view, is disrespectful to the persons that suffered through it, and it's done way too often. That is all    

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