PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - A majority of Arizona voters oppose the unprecedented audit of the November 2020 election, which could wreak political havoc for the lawmakers and candidates who support it, according to a new statewide poll released Thursday. Just over 55% of voters oppose the Republican-led state Senate’s audit, while nearly 41% support it, according to the survey conducted by HighGround, Inc., a Republican-leaning firm based in Phoenix.
Predictably, support for the recount, which continues to look into claims of voter fraud despite any evidence, breaks down along party lines.
The poll finds that nearly 77% of Republicans back the effort, while 90% of Democrats oppose it. The numbers also show that supporting the audit could pay dividends for Republicans in next year’s primary election but cost them in the general election.
Overall, 44.5% of those questioned said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who backed the recount with 33% saying more likely.
“Republicans are on an island when it comes to this audit,” said Chuck Coughlin, the CEO and President of HighGound, Inc ., in the polling memo. “While it is to be expected that they would receive significant opposition from Democrats, this audit makes them face headwinds among independent and unaffiliated voters as well.”
As of Thursday morning, Randy Pullen, the new man in charge of the audit for Senate Republicans, said more than 800,000 ballots have now been counted, still less than halfway through the 2.1 million cast in Maricopa County. Pullen also said he didn’t know enough about the poll, which has a margin of error of +/- 4.9%, to comment on its results.