By Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters
An overwhelming bipartisan majority of voters – 90 percent – reported repairing our nation’s crumbling infrastructure as an important issue, according to a new Arizona poll released today by Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters and administered by Public Policy Polling.
The poll also found that infrastructure is important to respondents across party lines, including 94 percent of Democrats, 91 percent of Independents, and 85 percent of Republicans. These results come as U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema plays a leading role in the latest rounds of bipartisan infrastructure negotiations between the Senate and the White House.
Among the poll’s key findings:
- Overall, 65 percent of Arizonans say infrastructure is a “most important” or “very important” issue.
- 74 percent would be more likely to support an infrastructure deal if it required companies to pay workers a fair wage with good benefits, and 68 percent would be likely to support it if the deal required companies to hire Arizona workers for projects in the state.
- 54 percent said the government should invest more funding in infrastructure projects, like roads, bridges, rail, water and energy.
- Infrastructure is the “most important” or “very important” issue for key constituencies in Arizona, including African Americans (90 percent), Latinos/Hispanics (76 percent), union families (68 percent), and women (60 percent).
- For Democratic voters, clean water, clean energy, and education infrastructure received the highest rankings, with 99 percent saying it is important to include clean water in an infrastructure deal and 94 percent saying the same for clean energy and education.
- For Republican voters, infrastructure for clean water and roads, highways and bridges received the highest rankings, with 84 percent saying it is important to include clean water in an infrastructure deal and 82 percent saying the same for roads, highways, and bridges.
Commissioned by SWRCC, this latest survey of 693 Arizona voters was administered via live callers and text messages from June 21st–22nd. The full analysis from PPP can be found here and full results can be found here. The margin of error is +/- 3.7 percent. (Source)