Proposed initiatives that would raise Arizona’s minimum wage, change the way pregnant pigs are held on hog farms, tax tobacco to fund early-childhood health programs and ban smoking in enclosed public spaces and workplaces, all received “widespread support” in a recent survey conducted by the Social Research Laboratory at Northern Arizona University.
Proposed initiatives that would amend the state Constitution to define marriage as an act between a man and a woman, a statute change that would require elections to be conducted almost entirely by mail, and a possible constitutional amendment to change the title of the office of secretary of state to lieutenant governor, had lower levels of support, according to the findings of the survey.
The research group surveyed 527 randomly selected voters and adults planning to register to vote in Arizona by telephone.
Eighty-one percent of those surveyed would support a proposed initiative requiring that a state minimum wage of $6.75 per hour be set for 2007 and also adjusted for cost of living annually each following year. Of that 81 percent, 62 percent of respondents said they would strongly support the measure by the Arizona Minimum Wage Coalition and 19 percent said they would somewhat support it. Nine percent of the participants were strongly opposed to this measure.
Humane treatment for confined calves, pigs
A proposed initiative put forward by Arizonans for Humane Farms requiring that confined calves raised for veal and pregnant pigs be given space to turn around and lie down was supported by 78 percent of those surveyed, with 57 percent in strong support and 21 percent somewhat supportive of the measure. Nine percent were strongly opposed.
Another initiative that would levy a tobacco tax to fund programs for early-childhood health and development was supported by 70 percent of the respondents. Fifty-six percent of those questioned strongly supported the idea presented by First Things First for Arizona’s Children and 14 percent were somewhat supportive. Nineteen percent of participants were strongly opposed.
Seventy percent of those surveyed said that they would support a ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces and workplaces, with 58 percent of those in strong support and 12 percent somewhat supportive. Nineteen percent were somewhat opposed to the proposed initiative presented by Smoke Free Arizona.
A ballot initiative that would amend the state Constitution to define marriage as a union only between a man and a woman, and would prohibit benefits to same-sex partners of government workers was supported by 52 percent of those surveyed. Of that number, 39 percent were strongly supportive and 13 percent were somewhat supportive. Thirty-one percent were strongly opposed to the proposed initiative of Protect Marriage Arizona.
Elections by mail
The survey also found 46 percent of those interviewed supported a proposed initiative that would require that elections be conducted almost entirely by mail, with 25 percent strongly in support and 21 percent somewhat supportive. The proposal by Your Right to Vote was strongly opposed by 32 percent of those surveyed.
Secretary of state title
Forty-five percent of the survey’s participants would support amending the Arizona Constitution to change the title of secretary of state to lieutenant governor. Of that number, 16 percent strongly support the idea and 29 percent somewhat support it. Thirteen percent of the respondents were strongly opposed. A referendum that would allow voters to decide on this issue has moved out of the House and is awaiting Senate approval.
The survey results are valid at plus or minus 4.3 percent margin of error, at a 95 percent confidence level, according to the Social Research Laboratory. The survey was conducted between March 3 and 7.