PHOENIX, AZ – Today, Stand for Children Arizona unveiled the results of a new poll that finds Arizonans of all ideologies are still not happy with public education funding in Arizona, and that Governor Ducey risks 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.
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.
“Voters know funding education should be a priority and are willing to remind lawmakers at the ballot box,” Stand for Children Arizona Executive Director Rebecca Gau said. “However, state lawmakers have a real opportunity to prioritize education and show voters they are listening by crafting a budget that prioritizes public education.”