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Arizona voters give Ducey low marks for job performance in Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll

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A new poll has found just one in three Arizona voters approves of the job Republican Gov. Doug Ducey is doing — perhaps a predictable outcome in a year where progressive and conservative groups alike have mounted recall efforts against him. 



Doug Ducey wearing a suit and tie sitting in a box: Governor Doug Ducey speaks during a press conference regarding innovative COVID-19 solutions on Sept. 24, 2020, at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus in Phoenix.


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Governor Doug Ducey speaks during a press conference regarding innovative COVID-19 solutions on Sept. 24, 2020, at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus in Phoenix.

About 35% of respondents in the Suffolk University/USA TODAY Network poll of 500 likely voters viewed his performance positively, while 42% rated it unfavorably. Just over 22% of participants said they were undecided or too unfamiliar with Ducey to say.

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Those low approval ratings largely held when results were broken down by age, race and geography. But there was a clear partisan divide when pollsters examined ratings by affiliation, despite the heat the governor has taken from both parties during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Roughly 65% of Republican respondents approved of Ducey’s management of the state, compared to 7% of Democrats and 35% of unaffiliated voters.

“Honestly, that was a really tough one for me to answer, because up until the pandemic, my impressions of him were very favorable — I thought he’d done extremely well for the state and was very happy with that,” said Dominique Tuilefano, a 51-year-old Phoenix resident who said she traded in her GOP affiliation to become an independent this year.

“For me, the way he handled coronavirus — succumbing to pressure from Trump and reopening prematurely — took all of those wins away. It absolutely changed my opinion of him. I feel like I don’t even know who he is.”

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