Poll Shows Roads and Economy Top Concerns of Tucson Voters

A recent poll shows voters view road repairs as the number one issue facing Tucson, followed by economic development. More than half (52 percent) of those surveyed oppose increasing the city sales tax, but the initial question made no mention of how the tax money would be used. When options were discussed, some of those people changed their minds if they thought the money would be spent on roads, police and fire, preventing cuts to services, helping the City budget, and preserving parks and recreation programs.

When it comes to election reforms being discussed by the Charter Review Committee, about 36 percent said the Mayor and Tucson City Council should be elected citywide, 26 percent said they should be elected only by the ward they represent, 16 percent favored the current hybrid system, and 23 percent said they weren’t sure.

The poll was commissioned by Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and paid for by the Southern Arizona Leadership Council. It will be used as a tool to gauge voters' priorities for the City and assess attitudes about funding methods and changes in City election methods.

Read more from the Arizona Daily Star (with link to poll).