Public Affairs Firm Poll Finds Arpaio’s Favorability At 52 Percent

By Jude Joffe-Block
Published: Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 6:05pm
Updated: Friday, September 18, 2015 - 8:29am

A recent poll by a public affairs firm found Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has a favorability rating of 52 percent among likely voters.

Bert Coleman of Coleman Dahm and Associates conducted the poll.

“Despite an onslaught of negative media coverage of the Sheriff over the last year, the Sheriff still enjoys comfortable approval ratings among the voting electorate at large,” Coleman said.

The automated telephone poll asked more than 600 respondents, “When it comes to Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the job he is doing, please tell me if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable opinion.”

It was not clear how many in the 52 percent who rated Arpaio favorably chose “very favorable” or “somewhat favorable.”

The poll was automated and only called landlines, two factors that some polling experts say under-represents younger voters. Federal rules prohibit ban automated polls from calling cell phones, so only polls using human interviewers can dial cell phones.

Another research group, Behavior Research, asked some 700 respondents about Arpaio’s job performance in May using live interviews and including cellphones.

That poll found 38 percent of voters rated Arpaio’s performance as “excellent” or “good,” 16 percent of voters rated the sheriff’s performance as “fair,” and 39 percent chose “poor” or “very poor.”

That was a steep drop from 1996 when the same research group found 73 percent of respondents gave Arpaio high marks. 

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