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Poll: Likely Arizona voters care most about education, border distant second

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PHOENIX — Arizona voters care most about education, while other issues, such as border security or the economy, took a back seat, a poll released Tuesday said.

The poll from Expect More Arizona — an education advocacy group — said 42.2 percent of respondents said education was the main issue facing the state.

About 16 percent said the biggest issue was the border or illegal immigration and 5.6 percent said it was government spending and taxes.

Just 5.3 percent said they were worried most about the economy.

A majority of the respondents said teacher salaries were too low and that the state was not giving enough funding to education. About 31 percent of respondents said the latter matter was their biggest concern.

About 44 percent of the people surveyed said they would be willing to pay more in taxes if the money was designated to increase teacher salaries.

Respondents also said they would vote to support higher taxes on sports tickets or the wealthy if the money was given to teachers.

More than 72 percent of those surveyed said they had children who attended public school.

The poll of 600 likely Arizona voters was conducted Dec. 4-8. Slightly more females and slightly more Republicans were surveyed.

There was a margin of error of 4 percent.

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