In yet another poll on the 2010 Governor’s race, we found this nugget:
Seventy-six percent (76%) say the unwillingness of politicians to control government spending is a bigger problem in the state than the unwillingness of voters to pay enough in taxes. Just 17% say reluctant taxpayers are the bigger problem.
Arizona voters are very astute. State spending increased 57 percent from 2004 to 2009, greatly exceeding our growth in population plus inflation (36 percent). With revenue below 2005 levels, it’s easy to see how the state’s deficit grew to over $3 billion. The message from the survey participants is clear: get spending under control before seeking a tax hike.
Is anyone at the Governor’s office listening?
The Rasmussen Poll also shows that former Governor Fife Symington is in the running, polling the same as the current governor:
Highlighting Brewer’s unpopularity even in her own party is the fact that Symington, who resigned as governor in 1997 following a fraud conviction, polls about the same as she does at this early stage. Symington’s conviction was later overturned on appeal, and he was pardoned by President Clinton in 2000.
To see all the Rasmussen Poll results, click here.