Maricopa County Voters Want Top Prosecutor To Hold Police Accountable

Sean McElwee & Lindsey Carlson McLendon

Executive Summary

New polling from Data For Progress and The Justice Collaborative Institute shows bipartisan support among Maricopa County voters for a County Attorney who will embrace new police accountability measures and support new protections against police violence.  Our research found that: 

  • 59% of voters, including 52% of Republicans, are more likely to vote for a County Attorney who will create a public list of law enforcement officers who have a history of misconduct or disciplinary problems, and not accept their cases for prosecution or rely on them for testimony; 
  • 66% of likely voters, including 62% of Republicans, are more likely to vote for a County Attorney who will create an independent unit for the investigation and charging for incidents of police violence against citizens; 
  • 67% of voters, including 67% of Republicans, are more likely to vote for a County Attorney who supports banning chokeholds, like the kind that killed George Floyd; 
  • 66% of voters, including 49% of Republicans, are more likely to vote for a County Attorney who supports banning no-knock warrants, like the kind that led to Breonna Taylor’s death; and 
  • 74% of voters, including 76% of Republicans, are more likely to vote for a County Attorney who supports requiring body-worn cameras for all police officers, and speedy public disclosure of these videos.
Maricopa County Voters Want Top Prosecutor To Hold Police Accountable
Maricopa County Voters Want Top Prosecutor To Hold Police Accountable