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Poll finds Arizona likely voters concerned state is reopening too soon

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PHOENIX — A majority of likely Arizona voters are worried the state is reopening too soon, according to polling data released Monday.

Data collected by Phoenix-based research firm OH Predictive Insights on May 9-11 found that 52% of the state’s likely voters are concerned the state has acted too quickly to reopen while 32% believe it has moved too slowly, citing fears of potential damage to the economy.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s stay-at-home order expired May 15 at 11:59 p.m. following the limited re-openings of various services, including restaurant dine-in options, salons, barbershops, non-essential retailers, pools and gyms.

Movie theaters and tattoo parlors have also since been permitted to resume modified operations beginning.

Likely voters in Maricopa County — the Arizona county with the largest population and most coronavirus case — are slightly more concerned as 54% regard the state’s measures to reopen as premature with just 31% believing such measures are not happening quickly enough.

Opinion on the matter was virtually split in Arizona’s rural counties with 42% opposed to the current reopening protocols and 41% favoring such policies.

Polling results were calculated based on a phone survey of 600 Arizonans.

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