Expect More Arizona and Stand for Children Arizona both commissioned public opinion polls with Arizona voters during December 2017. The results of both surveys confirm that education is the number one priority for the state, outpacing concerns about immigration, health care, and the economy.
Expect More Arizona’s poll went on to ask voters about their views on education funding and where increased revenue would be most impactful. An astounding 86 percent of respondents feel teacher salaries are too low, and 44 percent of voters said they’d support paying higher taxes if it raised teacher salaries.
Stand for Children’s poll asked voters to assess the performance of state leaders. Only 28 percent of respondents approve of the state legislature’s work, and 52 percent awarded them a failing grade. Nearly 60 percent of voters also rated Arizona’s public schools as worse than other states, and 78 percent of respondents asserted the state should be spending more on education.
Arizona’s Prop. 301–a sales tax increase that funds education–is set to expire in 2020. Advocates will be working to improve school funding when their legislative session begins next week.