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Preserving democracy is the top issue for Democratic voters in another battleground state, according to two new polls that also reveal which Arizona candidates are leading in the last six weeks before the midterm elections. .
Although the country’s inflation rate soared to 8.3% in August, a Marist poll in Arizona found that preserving democracy was the issue of most concern for 44% of likely Democratic voters in the state, and abortion was the most important problem for 26%.
Among Republican respondents, 50% said inflation was the most pressing issue, while immigration was the biggest concern for 24% of likely GOP registered voters.
In the Copper State, Trump-backed GOP candidate Kari Lake secured a lead in the gubernatorial race with 49% support over Democratic opponent Katie Hobbs, who was the candidate of choice for 46% of those who said they would definitely vote in the November elections.
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The poll shows Democrats leading the state Senate race, with incumbent Senator Mark Kelly, D-Arizona, claiming 50% of the vote among those who said they would definitely vote in the fall, while that Trump endorsed Blake Masters received 45% support.
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The GOP leads in generic Congressional polling over Democrats, 48% to 44%, while President Biden received a low 39% approval rating among Arizonans.
The results of the Marist poll, conducted Sept. 19-22 with a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points, mirrored another Suffolk University Arizona survey that found that “threats to democracy and abortion were both the top issue for 29% of registered Democrats. voters, while 52% of Republicans think the focus should be on inflation and the economy. The new concern from Democrats follows recent rhetoric from Biden that “extreme MAGA Republicans” are “threats to democracy” who have an ethos akin to “semi-fascism.”
In the University of Suffolk poll, Kelly was also ahead of the Masters in the Senate race by 49% to 42%, while Hobbs held a slim lead of just one percentage point over Lake, 46% to 45. %.
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The University of Suffolk poll was taken September 21-25 with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.