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Poll shows divide between priorities of Arizonans, state leaders

PHOENIX — Arizonans and their leaders have differing opinions on what is the most important issue facing the state.

Rocky Mountain Poll said economic recovery
tops the politicians’ rhetoric while voters chose protection of children from parental abuse and improving public education.

About three-quarters of poll participants — from 75 to 78 percent — rated these as very high priorities for Gov. Doug Ducey and the Arizona legislature.

Three other issues are ranked as high priority by half the public: funding mental health programs (58 percent), protecting Arizona’s environment (57 percent), and taking steps to get so-called “dark money” out of Arizona elections (48 percent).

The report is based on a statewide survey last month of 701 adult heads of household, including 460
registered voters.

KTAR’s Jim Cross contributed to this report.