New poll says Arpaio's approval rating declining

New poll says Arpaio's approval rating declining

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Sheriff Joe Arpaio

PHOENIX (AP) - A new poll says Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's approval rating declined over the last 18 months.

The poll released Thursday by the Behavior Research Center found 37% of those were surveyed approved of Arpaio.

Twelve percent say Arpaio was doing a fair job.

Another 42% disapproved of the sheriff.

The poll of 418 heads of households in Maricopa County was taken between July 8 and July 21 and has a sampling error of plus or minus 4.8 percentage points.

Arpaio won his sixth term last year in his second-closest election.

A January 2012 survey by the Behavior Research Center found 49% of those surveyed approved of Arpaio, while 15% said he was doing a fair job and 32% disapproved of the sheriff.

Statement by Sheriff Joe's campaign office:

"The Arpaio campaign finds the latest quote unquote poll numbers by Behavior Research Center a bit suspect, not only did it take them two weeks to conduct the survey, which is odd and out of practice, they did not interview likely voters in Maricopa County. They merely interviewed members of the quote unquote public. This is the same firm that releases polling results every year describing the dire circumstances the sheriff finds himself in, yet he is continually re-elected and enjoys popular approval ratings from the people of Maricopa County and the state of Arizona."

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press modified.

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