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.
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.
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.”
Ducey’s decisions in pivotal moments shaped answers for some