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It wasn't too surprising when Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) last week vetoed Senate Bill 1062, which would have allowed businesses to deny services to gay couples. Prominent Republicans, including both of the state's GOP senators and Mitt Romney, implored her to do so, while the business community warned that signing it would be disastrous for the state's economy; the NFL even floated the possibility of moving the Super Bowl, to be held next year in Glendale, Ariz., to another site.
But a new survey from Public Policy Polling reveals what was likely the biggest impetus behind Brewer's veto: two-thirds of Arizonans say they oppose the legislation, and 72 percent supported Brewer's decision to spike it. Moreover, for the first time PPP found that a plurality (49 percent) think same-sex marriage should be legal.