Tuesday, September 29, 2009
It's like pollapalooza around here these days. Phoenix PBS affiliate KAET and the Cronkite School of Journalism up at ASU have awakened their polling operation from a long dormancy to bring us a new survey of Arizona attitudes.
The big takeaways:
• President Barack Obama has an approval rating of 53 percent and a disapproval rating of 36 percent.
• Gov. Jan Brewer has an approval rating of 37 percent and a disapproval rating of 28 percent, with more than a third of those surveyed not knowing what to say about her.
• Nearly half of those surveyed—46 percent—couldn't name an area of state government that they would cut, despite Arizona's multi-billion-dollar budget shortfall.
• Two-thirds of voters say all-day kindergarten is somewhat or very important.
• A shocking 60 percent of those surveyed say they'd support a temporary one-cent sales tax increase to help state government out of this economic crisis.
The weirdest spin on the poll so far comes from the conservatives over at Gila Courier, who announced the poll with the headline: "Most Arizonans Not Confident in Obama's Economic Plan." They cite as evidence that 27 percent said they had "a great deal of confidence" in Obama's economic strategy, while 37 percent said they had "not much confidence." But they ignored the 33 percent who said they had "some confidence," which would actually take the number who have confidence up to 60 percent.
We don't know how to break it to the gang at Gila, but 37 percent does not constitute "most." It's probably hard to imagine, what with all that you've had to say about socialism and everything, that most people don't agree with you, but making up numbers is not a step in the right direction of building credibility.