|Arms control and foreign affairs questions
proved to be difficult ones for most people. When asked to mark which statement
"best" summarizes their views on arms control, 27% agreed that the arms
race is out of control and we need an immediate, negotiated freeze on nuclear
weapons. Thirty-two percent supported the freeze, but also wanted to push
for an agreement with the Soviets to halt the development of "Star Wars."
Another 32% of you said the President has the right idea and that we should
continue to strengthen and modernize our nuclear weaponry until the Soviets
agree to a major weapons reduction. Not all of you want to see us negotiating
with the Soviets. Ten percent responding say they can't be trusted and
we should call a halt to arms negotiations.
U.S. policy-makers have been unable to construct
a plan for Central America that has widespread support. The diversity of
views from respondents on this important subject reflects this assertion.
Stopping all military aid to Central America was supported by 33% of you.
There is some support for the President's plan to provide covert aid to
the Contra forces -- 26% would like to see us pursue that course. Twenty-one
percent support the more moderate course of aiding El Salvador's government
but stopping all covert aid to the forces seeking to overthrow the Nicaraguan
government. Another 21% of you would support the U.S. in going to war,
if need be, to stop communist-backed takeovers of Central American countries.
In the battle for immigration reform in Congress
there has been little that most people can agree on, except that something
needs to be done. Our survey reflects that general perception. Only eleven
percent of you backed the contention that we should leave things the way
they are now -- that the present immigration system is working. Ten percent
called for more rigorous enforcement of our current immigration laws. Thirty-four
percent of all respondents want to toughen our immigration laws to make
it more difficult for immigrants to enter the country. Forty-five percent
of those returning surveys support the "employer sanctions", a proposal
that would make it illegal for U.S. employers to hire undocumented workers
and set up a system of fines to enforce that law. Obviously, there are
no easy answers to this emotional and divisive question. The debate has
crossed many normal battle lines, republican and democrat, progres-
|sive and conservative. I will continue
to keep you informed of the progress of immigration reform efforts in Congress.
Another issue that has great emotional impact
is the abortion question. As the law now stands, a woman may obtain an
abortion during the first trimester of her pregnancy. Seventy-three percent
of the residents want to see laws remain as they are, guaranteeing a woman's
right to choose whether or not to terminate her pregnancy. Twenty-seven
percent of those responding would like to see the Supreme Court decision
that governs a woman's right to choose overturned.
Finally, on two local issues, strong support was
expressed for the domestic copper industry and the Central Arizona Project.
Seventy-three percent of the respondents support aiding the domestic copper
industry, with 46% pushing for restricting foreign imports, either through
tariffs or quotas, 14% calling for negotiations with foreign governments
for a world-wide reduction in the production of foreign copper and 40%
supporting letting free-market forces determine the future of the domestic
We are nearing completion of the Central Arizona
Project, which is expected to bring water to Phoenix this year and to Tucson
in the early 1990s. Arizona residents strongly support this project, as
they always have, with 84% of you saying that completing this job is important.
For 24 years now, I've been fortunate to serve
as the representative of the Second Congressional District. I've seen the
district change a great deal. The way a person chooses to represent a district
does not change, though. These surveys are a great help to me as I vote
on issues that affect the district and the country. Often, they aid me
by letting me know how you feel on close calls.
The stewardship of a district's interests at times
forces me to make decisions that may be politically unpopular. When these
decisions come up, it is my job as your representative to weigh the options
and serve as a judge of sorts over your interests. This is not a responsibility
that is taken lightly. As stated at the opening of this report, Arizonans
have strong opinions, and are not afraid to express them. And believe me,
you let me know when you think I've made a bad call.
Please continue to do so.