Ariz Senator Sinema just left the Dem party to become an Indep. Voters like?
Voters OK Sinema’s Party Switch, Agree ‘System Is Broken’
Monday, December 19, 2022
By more than a 2-to-1 margin, voters approve Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s decision to leave the Democratic Party, and overwhelmingly agree with her that the political system is “broken.”
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 60% of Likely U.S. voters approve of Sinema leaving the Democratic Party and declaring herself an independent, including 39% who Strongly Approve. Just 27% disapprove of Sinema leaving the Democrats, including 12% who Strongly Disapprove. Another 13% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Sinema declared on her Twitter account she had "joined the growing numbers of Arizonans who reject party politics by declaring my independence from the broken partisan system in Washington and formally registering as an Arizona Independent."
Seventy-six percent (76%) of voters agree with Sinema that the system in Washington is “broken,” including nearly half (49%) who Strongly Agree with her. Only 18% disagree.
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The survey of 900 U.S. Likely Voters was conducted on December 14-15 and 18, 2022 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
Overall, Sinema’s favorability is divided, with 38% having a favorable impression of the Arizona senator and 38% viewing her unfavorably, while another 24% are not sure. Sinema is viewed favorably by 48% of Republicans, 32% of Democrats and 34% of voters not affiliated with either major party.
Majorities of every political category – 84% of Republicans, 65% of Democrats and 81% of unaffiliated voters – agree with Sinema that the system in Washington is “broken,” although Democrats are much less likely than other voters to Strongly Agree with her.
While only 44% of Democrats approve of Sinema’s decision to leave the Democratic Party, her decision is approved by 75% of Republicans and 61% of unaffiliated voters.
More men (45%) than women voters (32%) have a favorable opinion of Sinema, and men are also more likely to Strongly Approve of her decision to leave the Democrats.
Fifty percent (50%) of voters under 40 have a favorable opinion of Sinema, but only a third of older voters view her favorably. Voters 65 and older are most likely to Strongly Agree with Sinema’s statement about “the broken partisan system in Washington.”
Majorities of every racial category – 62% of whites, 53% of black voters and 60% of other minorities – at least somewhat approve of her decision to leave the Democratic Party, and even larger majorities of every racial group agree with her about the “broken” system in Washington.
Breaking down the electorate by income, voters earning more than $100,000 a year are most likely to have a favorable opinion of Sinema.
President Joe Biden’s strongest supporters are least likely to approve of Sinema going independent. Among voters who Strongly Approve of Biden’s job performance as president, only 45% approve of her leaving the Democratic Party and 33% Strongly Agree with the Arizona senator that the system in Washington is “broken.” By comparison, among voters who Strongly Disapprove of Biden’s performance, 80% approve of Sinema leaving the Democrats and 77% Strongly Agree with her about the “broken” system.
Despite President Biden’s claims about “building the economy of the future,” most voters remain concerned about the economy, and don’t have much confidence in Biden’s handling of the issue.
More than two-thirds of voters believe COVID-19 probably came from a Chinese research lab, and agree with Republican demands that Dr. Anthony Fauci testify under oath in a congressional investigation.
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