Phoenix, AZ (April 28, 2021) – Data Orbital is pleased to present the results of a live survey commissioned by Cicero Action gauging Arizona registered voters’ views on homelessness in the state. Across the political spectrum, Arizona voters overwhelmingly supported new and low-cost ways of addressing homelessness.
The problem is more than clear to Arizona voters, who were immediately nearly 20 times more likely to say homelessness in AZ is getting worse (68%) than is getting better (4%). If these voters were in Maricopa or Pima county, they were even more pessimistic.
But how do voters want to handle what they see as a growing problem?
When asked if they would support banning camping in public places and moving homeless individuals to shelters or newly designated camping areas supervised by law enforcement, proper sanitation, and access to treatment, 79% supported it.
Voters were then asked their opinion on the best way to solve unsheltered homelessness in Arizona. 84% said they would “prioritize moving homeless individuals from the streets to local shelters or low-cost designated camping facilities where there is required participation in treatment and other services.”
Funding realities play into voters’ preference for low-cost, temporary solutions. When asked about what to prioritize with the reality of limited government funding, 66% of voters chose low-cost temporary shelters over high-cost permanent housing.
“The political realities for candidates are clear,” said George Khalaf, President of Data Orbital. “78% of voters surveyed would be “more likely” to support a candidate who proposed “new ways of addressing homelessness and who make reducing street homelessness a priority.” When we see that this result wasn’t isolated to one party, but covered 69% of Democrats, 77% of Independents, and 88% of Republicans, it is pretty clear this is an issue for candidates to look at and speak to going into 2022.”
This poll of 550 registered voters was sponsored by Cicero Action and conducted through a live survey that collected 60% of the results from landlines and 40% from cell phones. It has a margin of error at plus or minus 4.18% with a 95% confidence interval. Respondents were weighted on a number of different demographic figures based on registration data from the Arizona Secretary of State. The poll was conducted from April 12-14, 2021. The questions released are verbatim from the survey provided to respondents. Toplines and demographic data can be found here. Crosstabs for this survey can be found here.
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