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.