Poll on Arizona: Sheriff Arpaio loses popularity in Maricopa County

Sheriff Joe Arpaio's legal troubles may be taking a toll.

A new poll shows Maricopa County voters have more of an unfavorable view of the Sheriff, than a favorable one.

But the survey points out he is more popular in the rest of the state.

The poll produced by Public Policy Polling, comes after court hearings to determine if Arpaio and his top aides should be held in contempt of court for violating a judge's order in a racial profiling case.

The results show 38% of Maricopa County Voters have a favorable view of Sheriff Arpaio, and 53% have a negative view.

Outside of Maricopa County, 50% view him favorably, and 41% negatively.

Sheriff Arpaio didn't go on camera with any comment on the poll, instead his office directed FOX 10 to Chad Willems, Arpaio's campaign manager.

"We see polls like this all the time, it's a Democrat firm, a Democrat front group," said Chad Willems.

FOX 10 spoke with customers at a valley barber shop, asking them about Sheriff Arpaio.

"I like the Sheriff because he does his job, and I don't know why people are mad he does his job, but I also think he has gotten belligerent," said Thomas Mowry.

"He cancels out his good work by being belligerent and hardheaded," he said.

So does he think Arpaio will be re-elected? "No," he replied.

In downtown Phoenix there is more concern.

"He is pretty tough, I agree with a lot of things, I am very conservative and I do not like what I've been reading, he is not following the law in some areas," said Christine Jacobs.

The Sheriff's campaign team calls the poll a mere snapshot in time, and says they're not concerned.

"We're confident at the end of the day, once the trial is over, and the Sheriff gets his message out, he will be succesful next November," said Willems.

Arpaio who will turn 83 next month was first elected Sheriff in 1992. He plans to run for a 7th term next year.

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