Poll: Phoenix residents want answers about government shutdown during State of the Union

PHOENIX – As President Donald Trump gets ready to deliver his State of the Union address in Washington, Arizonans are hoping he addresses their concerns over the recent 35-day government shutdown, which cost the economy billions of dollars.

Cronkite News polled 150 people in downtown Phoenix on what topic they hoped the president includes in his speech: border security, tax cuts, infrastructure, government shutdown, health care or “other issues,” such as DACA, racism and education funding. The highest rated topic was the government shutdown, at 38 percent. The second highest requested topic was health care, at 24 percent, followed by “other issues,” at 16 percent. Eleven percent said border security.

Here’s how five respondents explained why they chose a particular topic:


Russell Quandt – Infrastructure

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“A lot of our cities are crumbling and a lot of them are also expanding. There are a lot of areas that are building up. There’s a lot of money being put towards future growth, and there’s a lot of places that aren’t. There should be a balance. Redistribution should occur at state levels and local levels, but there is also funding redistribution that can occur at the federal level.”
Russell Quandt


Fitina Hilal – Education

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“Arizona’s one of the worst in the nation (on education). I want him to address education that shows we are doing something to help it get better. I want to see progress.”
Fitina Hilal


Joshua Sanchez – Social justice

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“I want to hear about social-rights issues, especially (concerning) students who aren’t citizens. I really think we haven’t been hearing enough about education funding for students as well as helping those who don’t call their native country their home to go to school here and get the education they deserve.”
Joshua Sanchez


Samuel MacDonald – Humanitarian rights

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“What he should address is just his demeanor that he’s had toward people. Our country was founded on immigrants coming from different parts of the world. There is always a little bit of friction when you have a lot of people are going into someone’s country. America wouldn’t be what it is today, if it wasn’t for the fact that we accepted all those immigrants.”
Samuel MacDonald


Alicia Barrón – Health care

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“Without health care, there is no real future. We have to invest in our well-being today.”
Alicia Barrón

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