Republicans Favoring Immigration Over Education May Not Survive Election

Published: Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 11:06am
Updated: Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 11:36am

We may be a border state, but with U.S. labor statistics showing unemployment rates steadily dropping statewide since 2010, the fear of job losses to immigrants pales by comparison to concerns for education.

A new survey revealed Arizona's Independent voters are currently leaning left and could fall squarely into Liberal territory after the primary races.

"Immigration is hands down the top issue among Conservatives, education's the top issue among Liberals," explained Mike Noble with O.H. Predictive Insights, the firm responsible for the survey.

Looking at the 15 percent margin of Arizona voters who identify as Independents, Noble said that "they overwhelmingly believe education is the top issue and immigration is very low on their priority list."

By the numbers, the poll taken of 600 likely Arizona voters shows 45 percent of moderates chose education as a top priority compared to 9 percent who prioritized immigration.

With such a wide margin, Noble has warned Republicans their primary strategy may need to take a 180 degree turn once they move onto the general election.

"You should be ready to move from immigration to education and really target those moderate, Independent voters if you're going to survive this year."

He also warned Republicans who win their primaries may face fallout in the general election whether or not they endorse President Trump. The survey also found that 47 percent of Arizonans polled approve of Trump, while 49 percent disapprove.

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