Search News

2 minutes reading time (455 words)

Poll: 71% of AZ Voters Would Again Vote Yes On First Things First Measure To Protect Children

Poll: 71% of AZ Voters Would Again Vote Yes On First Things First Measure To Protect Children

“In 2010, the voters of Arizona overwhelmingly said ‘no’ to the Arizona Legislature’s attempt to raid First Things First,” said Nadine Mathis Basha, author of First Things First and a current Board Member. “This survey confirms voters continue to stand with us – and that they’d again vote in a landslide to protect programs that keep children safe and learning. This wave of support speaks volumes about the mission of First Things First and what it’s accomplished on behalf of Arizona’s youngest and most vulnerable children.”

Voter outrage doesn’t stop with the Legislature’s scheme to raid voter-protected funding designated to serve children ages birth to five, the survey found. Asked their opinion of the Legislature’s raid of nearly $100 million from Arizona universities last year while the state sits on a budget surplus, 69% of voters opposed the raids. This included 53% of Republicans, 74% of Independents, and 83% of Democrats.

“Voters of all parties are tired of politicians raiding education funding and shortchanging Arizona’s children,” said Basha. “Whether these raids target the vulnerable kids supported by First Things First, our K-12 schools or Arizona’s universities, voters are sick of gamesmanship and empty promises. It’s time for real solutions, not political sleight of hand that steals from one child to give to another.”

“There’s no need to gut First Things First. This Legislature has 785 million solutions it can use immediately to properly fund education,” said Basha, referring to the budget surplus outlined by state budget staffers.

Other highlights from the survey include:

  • Only 36% support shifting funds from First Things First to K-12 while there is a budget surplus. That paltry figure pales in comparison to the 60% early support level typically necessary for a ballot measure to pass.
  • 46% of voters give the Legislature a grade of D or F for its work on public schools.
  • 82% of voters agree with the Arizona Supreme Court decision that rejected the Legislature’s attempted raid of First Things First funds in 2009.
  • The Moore Information survey was conducted September 23-24, 2015 by live interviewers using both cellular and landline telephones among a representative sample of 404 voters in Arizona. The potential sampling is plus or minus 5% at the 95% confidence level. Moore Information has conducted polls in Arizona for Governor Jan Brewer, Yes on 100 and Congressman Paul Gosar, among others.
Flu Season is Around the Corner, Schedule Flu Shot...
Home Sales Prices Continue Upward Trend


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Sunday, 14 July 2024

Captcha Image

My Account Menu

News Menu

Search News

Mailing Address:
530 E Hunt Hwy
Ste 103-262
San Tan Valley, AZ 85143

Text: 602.348.0238 is your #1 resource for anything in and around San Tan Valley, AZ. Focusing on uniting and promoting all that San Tan Valley has to offer for our visitors and residents, provides you with local area information & events, local business information, news, traffic alerts, and more!

© 2023, is owned & operated by MyBizNow LLC. All Rights Reserved. Material displayed is not to be used without written permission by representatives. You may not reproduce or communicate any of the content on this website, including articles, content, images and files downloadable from this website, without the written permission of representatives. Opinions and comments posted by viewers do not reflect the opinions of

As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

© Copyright 2023. All Rights Reserved Site Developed & Maintained by
× Progressive Web App | Add to Homescreen

To install this Web App in your iPhone/iPad press icon. Progressive Web App | Share Button And then Add to Home Screen.

× Install Web App
Mobile Phone
Offline - No Internet Connection