A new poll shows most Arizonans supported Gov. Jan Brewer’s decision to veto the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act last week.
Public Policy Polling surveyed 870 Arizona voters during the weekend, including 403 Republican primary voters. Two-thirds of the respondents opposed SB 1062, and 72 percent said they supported Brewer’s veto of the bill that would have given legal protection to businesses if they refused to serve certain people because of religious objections.
The results show state sentiment about SB 1062, said David Berman, a senior research fellow at the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University.
“I think they suggest that the outrage that was expressed over the bill was one that was widely shared," he said.
Critics said the bill could have led to discrimination against lesbian, gay and transgender people. The poll also surveyed Arizona attitudes toward same-sex marriage, and it found increasing support for legalizing it, at 49 percent, to 41 percent opposed.
Supporters are gathering signatures for a proposed 2016 ballot initiative to allow same-sex marriage in the state. The length of time makes it hard to predict what the poll results forecast for such a proposal, Berman said.
"It’s probably too early, but I don’t see the trend reversing," he said.