September 5, 2017 – The Jack News released the results of its online poll, about President Trump’s pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio: In it, 78 percent opposed it, and 22 percent supported it.
The question, posed on The Jack News from August 27 to September 4, came on the heels of the pardon issued on Friday, August 25, for the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona.
Arpaio had been convicted for felony contempt of court after refusing to obey a federal court order to stop racially profiling Hispanics for immigration enforcement.
The poll asked the question, “Do you support President Trump pardoning Sheriff Joe Arpaio?”
The results from The Jack News was consistent with other surveys conducted around the same time.
On Thursday, August 31, an NBC News/Survey Monkey poll found that six in 10 said they felt it was “wrong” for Trump to have pardoned Arpaio, while 34 percent said they felt the pardon was “the right thing” to do.
And a Phoenix-based polling group, OH Predictive Insights, released a poll of Arizonans conducted before the pardon. Half were against a pardon, 21 percent were in support, and 29 percent were undecided. The OH Predictive Insights poll found that 31 percent of those 55 and older favored a pardon, versus 15 percent of those 54 or younger.
Also of note, the results of the NBC survey found that the public had very unfavorable view of each of these three major political leaders: Donald Trump (61 percent unfavorable, 36 percent favorable), Paul Ryan (63 percent unfavorable, 31 percent favorable), and Nancy Pelosi (64 percent unfavorable, 30 percent favorable).
That survey also found that 64 percent supporting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program of former President Obama, which protects childhood immigrants from deportation.
In addition to an article published before the pardon, on August 25, The Jack News published a commentary by Gary Johnson on August 29. The Jack News also considered whether a president can pardon himself in a July 27 article.