According to data collected by The Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Arizona does not lead the nation in a positive way in any of 10 public policy areas. Those public policy areas are Crime and Punishment, Health and Health Care, Education, Business Futures, Families and Incomes, Government, Arts and Culture, Housing, Transportation, and Environment. How Arizona Compares is intended to help leaders and residents see their state and metropolitan regions in competitive terms and improve Arizonas quality of life by choosing better, bolder public policies.
The Morrison Institute for Public Policy commissioned a public opinion survey in conjunction with this project to see how Arizonans think the state and metropolitan areas compare to others. The survey was conducted between July 1 and July 8, 2004. Telephone interviews with 701 randomly selected adult heads of household throughout Arizona were held during a cross-section of daytime, evening, and weekend hours. Residents were asked whether Arizona (and metropolitan Tucson or Phoenix if they lived there) was better than most, the same as most, or not as good as most other states or metropolitan areas on specific items. Their overall response shows that most Arizonans believe that neither their state nor metro area compares all that well to other places.
On the next two pages I have outlined some of comments for each of the public policy areas mentioned in How Arizona Compares. The document in its entirety can be found at The Morrison Institute for Public Policy web site.
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