May 5th, 2010
02:16 PM ET
4 years ago

Arizona Poll: Majority support state's immigration law

Washington (CNN) - A majority of Arizonan voters support their state's tough new immigration law, according to a new survey.

A Rocky Mountain Poll conducted by Behavior Research Center and released Wednesday indicates that 52 percent of Arizonans back the measure, with 39 percent opposed and nine percent unsure.

The new measure, signed into law by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on April 23, requires immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times and requires police to question people if there is reason to suspect they are in the United States illegally. The measure also makes it a state crime to live in or travel through Arizona illegally.

The law has ignited protests in the state and across the country and some are urging economic boycotts of Arizona. Supporters say the law is needed to confront rising problems involving illegal immigrants in Arizona, particularly those with criminal records.

The Rocky Mountain Poll suggests a partisan divide, with 76 percent of Republicans favoring the new law and 58 percent of Democrats opposed to the measure. Six out of ten independent voters questioned say they back the law.

According to the survey, nearly two-thirds of white voters support the measure, with seven out of ten Hispanics opposed to the law.

Fifty-one percent of people questioned in a CBS/New York Times national poll released Tuesday say the new measure is about right, with another nine percent saying it doesn't go far enough and 36 percent saying it goes too far in its scope. But more than eight in ten questioned say its very or somewhat likely that the new law will lead to police officers detaining people of certain racial or ethnic groups more frequently than other racial or ethnic groups.

The Rocky Mountain Poll was conducted April 22-25, before during and after the legislation was signed into law, with 552 Arizona voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.


Filed under: Arizona • Immigration • Jan Brewer
soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. Dorkus Malorkus

    Isn't Arizona 39% Mexican?

    May 5, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. Jo Jo

    The whole immigration "law" is just a smoke screen to cover up the real issue the state of Arizona is dealing with. Think about it, why all of a sudden had immigration reform became such a dire need they felt they had to act fast by establishing this law? It’s not like the immigrants just started migrating to Arizona a year and a half ago. Why? I’ll tell you why. It’s because we now have a black president in office, that’s why. This law is just another form of secession by the state of Arizona. Of course, the "non-minority” people have been wanting to get rid of the minority people for quite some time but since the republicans were in charge, they did not want to look like a bunch of racists. But now that we have a black president, all hell has broken loose. Not only has the state tried to delegitimize him by saying he is not a natural born citizen, they want to go even further by passing a law that any person running for a government position must show proof of citizenship, “to their satisfaction”. By establishing their own version of immigration reform, they are telling the federal government, “You are not the boss of me”. So, this is really more about the angry and rebellious bigots who are upset because we have a black president more than trying to get immigration reform.

    May 5, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. Dean

    I support Arizona's immigration law. I wish all states would do the same. I also am going to stay home from SanFrancisco because of their statements against the bill. I am also considering giving up that wonderful Boudin bread and Ghirardelli Chocolate.

    May 5, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. pt

    Why the uproar about AZ enforcing laws that our country's requirements?
    Those who cheat the immigration process must consider they are more important than those who follow the laws and regulations. Since we do not tolerate people cutting in line at Walmart, why should we tolerate people cutting in other lines? It's rude and insulting to the rest of us.

    May 5, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. YY

    I thought conservatives were always aghast at the thought of carrying a national ID card. But, now that they support the concept of carrying papers, perhaps Arizona should be the pilot state for a National ID program. No national ID card, white, black, hispanic, asian... jail time. The only way to make it completely fair and unbiased. Then the government can keep track of all the "appropriate" residents to, you know, "protect" them.

    May 5, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. David

    Is this a surprise? It shouldn't be. The media can paint it however they want but the citizens of this country are fed up with the federal governments lack of enforcement.

    May 5, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. Lisa Huff

    I wonder if those numbers reflect the true opinion of the people. I don't think so. I think there is more support for Arizona's enforcement of the law than the 'poll' shows. Many people do not keep up with the news and simply repeat the 'friendly' position, and many more will say they are against it so they don't have to think of themselves as racist.

    We, the citizens of the United States who wish to protect our sovereignty should not be afraid of getting called a 'racist' these days. The word is thrown around as a common descriptive. Racism has nothing to do with the chaos that has resulted from massive illegal immigration. Immigration laws were put in place to protect the tax paying citizens in many different ways and to protect the sovereignty of our nation. We are not racists. But we are in favor of enforcing our immigration laws. Raciscm is a confusion tactic, just one of the many used to confuse the citizens of this country.

    May 5, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Wes

    I am in full support of Arizona's new immigration law and believe it should become a federal law for all 50 states. If I break a law, I pay the price for breaking that law without exception!! I your here illegally then your breaking the law, no EXCEPTIONS. I tired of hearing everybody cry racism for everything non-whites believe in. Our forefather’s written constitution cannot legally and should not be changed for any reason!!!

    Sincerely,
    Legal American, Tax paying, law abiding, Citizen

    May 5, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. Dale

    A majority of 1963 Alabama voters supported segregation.

    A majority of 1937 Germany voters supported internment of Jews.

    A majority of 2010 Arizona voters support racial profiling and required proof-of-citizenship on demand for Mexicans.

    May 5, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. Wes

    I am in full support of Arizona's new immigration law and believe it should become a federal law for all 50 states. If I break a law, I pay the price for breaking that law without exception!! I'm your here illegally then your breaking the law, no EXCEPTIONS. I'm tired of hearing everybody cry racism for everything non-whites believe in. Our forefather’s written constitution cannot legally and should not be changed for any reason!!!

    Sincerely,
    Legal American, Tax paying, law abiding, Citizen

    May 5, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. FL

    Its their law and their state. If the federal government would actually uphold the law they would never have had to pass their own law. A legal U.S. Citizen can be thrown in jail for far less crimes but an IlLEGAL ALIEN IS GIVEN FAR MORE RESPECT.

    May 5, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. Mike

    Arizona's law is a mirror of the federal law, however, the federal government is not enforcing the law, hence Arizona must. Good for Arizona.

    May 5, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  13. VAVoter

    "nearly two-thirds of white voters support the measure, with seven out of ten Hispanics opposed to the law."

    Right. So that ought to tell you that the poll participants were made up of mostly white or non-hispanic respondents.

    This poll is worthless, since the people most affected by this law will be the hispanics.

    Also is 51% of respondents in a poll support the measure, but 80% say that the law will likely lead to racial profiling, then obviously some of the respondents who support the measure thinks that racial profiling is ok....way to go AZ. :-(

    May 5, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. SocialismBad

    The Rocky Mountain Poll suggests a partisan divide, with 76 percent of Republicans favoring the new law and 58 percent of Democrats opposed to the measure. Six out of ten independent voters questioned say they back the law.
    =====================================================
    As usual.... the DemocRATS support lawlessness and refuse to enforce the immigration laws of this nation. Why would ANYBODY vote to put these people in office? Don't they swear to uphold the laws and Constitution of this country???

    May 5, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  15. Mason

    You bet they support the LAW. Live in a southern border state of Texas, Arizona, New Mexico or California for a while and you get sick of it. It used to be when the illegals crossed the border we would give them water and they were on their way. Now it is dangerous and they leave all their trash coming in, inundate our schools and hospitals and don't contribute to the tax base. It has become too much of a burden.

    May 5, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. dc

    This law creates a second class of people and the Republicans love it. Vote no for Republicans in November!

    May 5, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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