AZ Primary Exit Polls: A Moderate Conservative is Emerging - Page 2
This urban blotch is where Sheriff Joe Arpaio practices his personal grudge on brown people, and Sheriff Paul Babeu hisses “build the dang fence” even though his jurisdiction is near 100 miles from the border. This middle swath is where the recently impeached senate president, Russell Pearce thought up SB1070, the Paper’s Please Law. And it’s where the shrill and wrinkly governor, Jan Brewer, points her finger up at the man in the White House in order to jumpstart her book sales.
But it is also where only 14% (of Republican primary voters, fer crissakes) think illegal immigration is the most important issue. These are Blue Arizona numbers. Is it possible that even the Republican electorate in Arizona has had it with these goofballs? They did recall Russell Pearce over his anti-immigrant jihad. And lots more exit polling data points to the notion that Arizona Republicans are becoming much more like Arizona Democrats.
Other interesting numbers from the exit polls?
- 38% have reservations about the Republican they voted for.
- 75% said their family income was “holding steady” or “getting ahead.”
- More than a third are pro-choice.
- More than half believe that a candidate’s religion matters “not much” or “not at all.”
- Only 36% identified themselves as “born again” or “evangelical.”
- 84% had attended some college or had a degree.
You can see why Rick Santorum got thrashed here.
So is this a Republican electorate that is becoming more moderate? Or one that has always been more mainstream than its elected leaders?
Or is this, as many political scientists have predicted, the first gasp of the last breath of a dying political party – strangled by its own inability to change with a new generation of voters. Surely, only the next election will truly tell. But things are looking pretty good for political trends out among the most beautiful vistas in the nation.
Me? I’m looking for vacation property in Tucson. It looks like a good time for us to rectify that old mistake.