Local poll: Sheriff Joe's approval ratings collapsing

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PHOENIX – A local pollster says Sheriff Joe Arpaio's approval ratings are collapsing.

Nevertheless, a closer look reveals a solid majority of Arizona voters still approve of the way the sheriff operates while 59% say Arpaio's doing a fair or good job in office.

His approval rating is down from a high of 77% in the same poll three years ago.

In a statement to 3TV the sheriff blamed the press for his slip in popularity. He says, “Dozens of negative stories were published and aired during the time this poll was taken. No one could possibly escape such criticism unscathed."

The sheriff also adds that, “Though some media will be giddy with glee to report today's poll, the fact remains: I have tremendous support from the citizens."