The primary election is only about six weeks away, but the latest poll in the governor's race shows about half the Republicans surveyed don't have a pick.
The poll released today by local political consulting firm Highground shows Treasurer Doug Ducey in first, at just 17 percent.
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Ducey's followed by former GoDaddy higher-up Christine Jones, and former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith.
Smith's son Ryan works at Highground.
Here's what the group got out of 400 Republican primary voters:
Q: If the Republican primary election for Governor were held today, who would you vote for: [Randomize names]
17.3% Doug Ducey
15.3% Christine Jones
9.8% Scott Smith
3.5% Ken Bennett
3.0% Andrew Thomas
1.5% Frank Riggs
5.0% Don't Know, Refused
That's just about 50 percent of Republicans not picking a candidate.
Two previous polls released in earlier months -- one in February, and one in March -- showed similar results, as far as people being undecided. But primary day is on August 26, and early-ballot voters will have to decide before that. Early balloting starts in just a couple of weeks.
Here's what else Highground got out of its poll:
Q: What do you consider to be the top issue facing Arizona today? [Randomize]
62.8% Immigration and Border Issues
20.8% Jobs and the Economy
3.5% State Budget
Q: On a scale of 5 to 1 on which 5 means a major public policy crisis, 4 means a serious issue, 3 is not an important issue, 2 means an ordinary issue, and 1 means an overblown issue, how would you rate immigration and border issues in Arizona?
5.8% Overblown issue
1.8% Ordinary issue
4.5% Not an important issue
21.8% A serious issue
65.3% A major issue crisis
1.0% Undecided, Refused
Q: Do you support or oppose comprehensive immigration reform?
22.5% Definitely Oppose
7.5% Probably Oppose
19.0% Probably Support
32.5% Definitely Support
18.5% Don't Know, Refused
Q: Would you support an immigration reform policy that would secure the border with more agents, fencing and technology; crack down on employers who hire illegal immigrants; provide a 10 year waiting time to apply to become a lawful permanent resident, but NOT citizenship; and develop a system to issue temporary visas for limited periods for both high and low skilled workers where jobs are not being filled?
10.0% Definitely No
5.8% Probably No
34.0% Probably Yes
43.0% Definitely Yes
7.3% Don't Know, Refused
Q: What do you think the Federal Government should do about the estimated 50,000 children who have entered the U.S. illegally in recent months? [Rotate]
66.3% Immediately return unaccompanied children back to their country of origin
17.0% Permit children to stay with relatives in the US while deportation hearings proceed
5.5% Keep the children in Customs detention centers while deportation hearings proceed
3.8% Allow the children to stay in the United States
7.5% Don't Know, Refused
Q: If the Federal government refuses to secure the border, would you support the state of Arizona increasing taxes to allocate additional resources to securing the border and increasing immigration enforcement?
24.5% Definitely No
12.3% Probably No
20.5% Probably Yes
37.3% Definitely Yes
5.5% Don't Know, Refused
Q: If you had to chose, would you more closely identify yourself as [Rotate]
35.8% Part of the traditional Republican Party
23.3% Part of the Tea Party Movement
34.5% An independent
2.5% Don't Know, Refused
On the Democratic side, things are pretty well settled -- Fred DuVal is the only Dem candidate on the ballot.
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