Poll shows most voters support term limits as Arizona vote approaches


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A survey by Scott Rasmussen found that 81 percent of voters across the country favor term limits for congressional members, which a bill in the Arizona Legislature would provide.

SCR 1014 will call for the proposal of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to set term limits for U.S. Senators and House Representatives. The bill was introduced by Sens. David Livingston (R-Peoria), Sylvia Allen (R-Snowflake), Sean Bowie (D-Chandler), Paul Boyer (R-Phoenix), Heather Carter (R-Cave Creek), Andrea Dalessandro (D-Green Valley), Karen Fann (R-Prescott), David Gowan (R-Sierra Vista), Sine Kerr (R-Buckeye), J.D. Mesnard (R-Chandler), Jamescita Peshlakai (D-Cameron) and Frank Pratt (R-Casa Grande).

Term limits have been popular across party lines but three Democratic lawmakers who signed on to the bill have reportedly been pressured by their party to withdraw their pledges. Despite this, the demand is strong, even from rising star democrats like Beto O'Rourke. 

So far, 23 states have passed statutes or state constitutional amendments limiting ballot access to congressional candidates who have already served in Congress and were overruled by the U.S. Supreme Court, according to SCR 1014. The Arizona House passed a similar bill, HCR 2022, earlier this month.

U.S. Term Limits, an advocacy group, noted that 34 state legislatures, total, must pass resolutions like these to propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, according to a press release.

The Scott Rasmussen survey also found that 46 percent strongly favor term limits, 18 percent oppose term limits and only 4 percent are strongly opposed to term limits. The number of Americans supporting term limits went up from 78 percent last September.

Only 23 percent of voters support their own representative and about 33 percent think Congress will address major issues the nation is facing before the next election, according to the survey.

Another Scott Rasmussen survey found that 59 percent of voters do not believe lawmakers respect voters. The survey found that 34 percent think they do and 7 percent are unsure. The survey found that 60 percent believe lawmakers only care about their own interests.

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