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New poll checks voter thoughts on coming election

A new poll finds widespread support amongst Arizona voters for Nov. 7 ballot propositions that seek to increase the minimum wage, restrict illegal immigrants' access to public services, and require humane treatment for some farm animals.

The poll also shows a majority in favor of keeping incumbent Gov. Janet Napolitano and U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl in office.

Northern Arizona University's Social Research Laboratory conducted the poll of 403 random Arizona voters Oct. 11-16. Its margin of error is plus-or-minus 4.9 percent. The lab made the poll public on Tuesday.

Napolitano gets 58 percent of the poll's support compared to Republican Len Munsil's 25 percent and Libertarian Barry Hess at three percent. Kyl garnered a smaller 16-point lead over Democratic challenger Jim Pederson with 49 percent of the respondents choosing Kyl, 33 percent picking Pederson and 2 percent supporting Libertarian Richard Mack.

The poll asked likely voters how they feel about eight of the 19 propositions that are on Arizona's general election ballot.

The majority of the respondents opposed only one of the measures, which would create a lottery for voters.

The results of the proposition polling are:

• Prop. 107: Protect Marriage Arizona: 51 percent support. It would restrict marriage to a man and woman.

• Prop. 200: Arizona Voter Reward Act: 34 percent support. It would enter voters in a $1 million lottery to increase turnout.

• Prop. 201: Smoke-Free Arizona Act: 56 percent support. It would prohibit smoking in most public places.

• Prop. 202: Minimum Wage for Working Arizonans Act: 73 percent support. It would set a statewide minimum wage at $6.75 per hour.

• Prop. 204: Humane Treatment of Farm Animals Act: 72 percent support. It would require farmers to allow pregnant pigs and calves being raised for veal to be able to lie down and turn around in their pens.

• Prop. 206: Arizona Non-Smoker Protection Act: 55 percent support. It would prohibit smoking in most public places but exempt saloons, effectively overturning part of Prescott's existing law.

• Prop. 207: Private Property Rights Protection Act: 53 percent support. It would prevent governments from taking private property for economic development, and require compensation for downzoning.

• Prop. 300: Public Program Eligibility: 70 percent support. It would prevent illegal immigrants from getting state-subsidized education and child care help.

For more details about the poll, visit the Social Research Lab's Web site at www.nau.edu/srl.

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