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Arizona Poll Shows Mixed Opinions on Social Issues

Yes to abortion, death penalty, gay marriage; no to more gun control, legal marijuana.

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Arizona voters' opinions on social issues cover a wide range of the political spectrum, from conservative on gun rights and the death penalty to more liberal stands on abortion and gay marriage, a new poll said Tuesday.

The Morrison-Cronkite Poll from Arizona State University surveyed 904 registered voters by telephone in October. Among the results:

  • Sixty percent agreed with the statement "climate change is caused, primarily, by human activity." Among the respondents, 84 percent of registered Democrats agreed, and 33 percent of registered Republicans agreed.

  • Seventy-four percent said they support women's rights to abortion services, including 82 percent of Democrats and 60 percent of Republicans.

  • A minority, 42 percent, agreed with the statement that "Arizona's gun laws should be more restrictive than they are." Seventy-two percent of Democrats agreed with the statement and 16 percent of Republicans.

  • Sixty-nine percent said marriage between consenting adults, regardless of sexual orientation, should be legal, with 82 percent of Democrats and 47 percent of Republicans agreeing.

  • Seventy-one percent opposed eliminating the death penalty, including 54 percent of Democrats and 87 percent of Republicans.

  • Fifty-one percent opposed marijuana legalization, including 36 percent of Democrats and 71 percent of Republicans.

Morrison-Cronkite said the poll's margin of error is 3 percentage points, meaning the findings could be that much higher or lower among all registered voters.

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