“Strong infrastructure is essential to the health, safety, and prosperity of our nation, and we appreciate Senator Sinema’s efforts to deliver a good bipartisan deal,” said SWRCC Vice President Frank Hawk. “Thank you, Senator Sinema, for working to help us meet the challenge. Infrastructure investments help meet the challenges of today and address the successful growth of Arizona in the future. The skill, commitment to safety, and talent to build and repair our critical infrastructure exists in Arizona and the Southwest. More than 57,000 men and women of the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters are ready to rebuild and maintain the strong infrastructure our nation needs.”
Among the poll’s key findings:
- Overall, 65 percent of Arizonans say infrastructure is a “most important” or “very important” issue.
- 74 percent would be more likely to support an infrastructure deal if it required companies to pay workers a fair wage with good benefits, and 68 percent would be likely to support it if the deal required companies to hire Arizona workers for projects in the state.
- 54 percent said the government should invest more funding in infrastructure projects, like roads, bridges, rail, water, and energy.
- Infrastructure is the “most important” or “very important” issue for key constituencies in Arizona, including African Americans (90 percent), Latinos/Hispanics (76 percent), union families (68 percent), and women (60 percent).
- For Democratic voters, clean water, clean energy, and education infrastructure received the highest rankings, with 99 percent saying it is important to include clean water in an infrastructure deal and 94 percent saying the same for clean energy and education.
- For Republican voters, infrastructure for clean water and roads, highways, and bridges received the highest rankings, with 84 percent saying it is important to include clean water in an infrastructure deal and 82 percent saying the same for roads, highways, and bridges.