Majority in Arizona concerned state is reopening too soon: poll

Majority in Arizona concerned state is reopening too soon: poll
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A slim majority of Arizona voters said in a new poll that they are concerned the state is lifting coronavirus restrictions too soon. 

Fifty-two percent of likely Arizona general election voters said they are worried that the state is reopening too quickly and risking more coronavirus infections, according to the OH Predictive Insights poll released Monday. 

Just 32 percent said they are worried the state is acting too slowly and possibly threatening the economy, and an additional 15 percent said they were unsure. 

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Pollsters noted that opinions differed by region in Arizona. Majorities of voters in the state’s most populous Maricopa and Pima counties, 54 percent and 57 percent, respectively, said the state is acting too quickly and risking more infections. Just 31 percent and 27 percent of voters in Maricopa and Pima counties said the state is acting too slowly and could hurt the economy. 

However, voters in rural counties across the state were more split, with 42 percent saying the state is acting too quickly and 41 percent saying the state is acting too slowly, according to the poll. 

The survey was conducted May 9-11, a few days before Arizona’s stay-at-home order expired last Friday. Gov. Doug Ducey (R) has since started allowing nonessential businesses including restaurants, gyms and movie theaters to reopen. 

The survey is based on 600 completed surveys, and was conducted as a blended phone survey with 41 percent live caller surveys and 59 percent with interactive voice responses. There is a margin of error of 4 percentage points.