Voters still believe we need to fund education more.
It’s been said that a budget is a moral document—one that shows what we truly prioritize. This rings true more and more as we enter the final stretch of the legislative session and lawmakers will be making some crucial decisions about the budget.
That’s why Stand for Children Arizona released a new poll which found Arizonans of all ideologies are still not happy with public education funding in Arizona.
Additionally, the poll results revealed that Governor Ducey is at risk of losing his narrow Republican majorities in the House and Senate in 2020 if he directs all of the budget surplus towards tax cuts and the rainy day fund instead of public education.
According to the poll, a majority (51%) of voters say they would be less likely to vote to re-elect their local state senator or representative if they voted to cut taxes instead of fund education, including 22% of Republicans and 52% of Independents.
Despite 73% of voters saying they’ve seen, heard, or read about Governor Ducey’s agreement last year with the state legislature to raise teacher pay—74% still say more needs to be done, including 57% of Republicans.
56% of Arizonans voted to re-elect Governor Ducey last November, but over half (56%) of those voters say that he is not doing enough to fund education.
Voters know funding education should be a priority and are willing to remind lawmakers at the ballot box. However, state lawmakers have a real opportunity to prioritize education and show voters they are listening by crafting a budget that prioritizes public education.
You can read the full memo here.