July 13th, 2010
10:15 AM ET
4 years ago

Majority in Pennsylvania like Arizona Immigration law

A new poll indicates that Pennsylvanians approve of Arizona’s new immigration law by a nearly two to one margin.
A new poll indicates that Pennsylvanians approve of Arizona’s new immigration law by a nearly two to one margin.

(CNN) – A new poll indicates that voters in Pennsylvania approve of the new controversial Arizona immigration law by a nearly two to one margin.

According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday, 52 percent of registered voters in the Keystone State approve of the measure, with 27 percent opposed.

Forty-seven percent of people questioned in the poll say they want Pennsylvania to adopt a similiar immigration law, with 34 percent opposed. Six out of ten say they think the federal government's lawsuit to block implementation of the measure is a bad idea, with 27 percent backing the Justice Department's legal action.

The survey also indicates that by a 44 percent to 39 percent margin, Pennsylvania voters do not think the Arizona law will lead to discrimination against Hispanics. The margin is just within the poll's sampling error.

According to the survey, more than seven out of ten say that immigration reform should move more in the direction of stricter enforcement rather than a push for to give illegal immigrants legal status.

"Pennsylvanians like the Arizona law and don't like President Obama's decision to ask the courts to throw it out. In fact, a plurality would like to see a similar law in their own state," says Quinnipiac University Polling Institute assistant director Peter Brown.

The law, which is scheduled to take effect at the end of July, requires immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times and allows police to question the residency status of people in the course of enforcing another law. It also targets businesses that hire illegal immigrant laborers or knowingly transports them.

The survey also indicates that Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett, the Republican nominee for governor, holds a 44 percent to 37 percent lead over Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, the Democratic nominee, with 18 percent undecided. Indepedents questioned say they back Corbett by a 15-point margin. The two candidates are fighting to succeed Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell, who is term limited and prevented from running for re-election this year.

The Quinnipiac University poll was condcuted July 6-11, with 1,367 Pennsylvania voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. American Patriot - a "real" tea partier

    Protect our borders? Yes.
    Duplicate the methods used in 1930's Germany to do so? No.

    What's the confusion here?

    July 13, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. Sgt. USMC

    Too bad, so sad... This is America people, land of the free. Free from profiling, free to challenge the government, state and federal. You all keep supporting your tea party movements and we will keep moving forward. To those who are proponents of the AZ law, good for you, it's your right as Americans. To those of us who oppose, keep marching forward. Although it may not always be the "popular" thing to do, doing what's right is the only thing to do.

    July 13, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. mother and sister of a soldier

    This poll should send a clear message to the politicians since this state is a democrat state. The law is the law....what do they not undertsand about the word "illegal". Before you can attempt immigration reform and grant amnesty, you have got to control the borders and stop the flow.

    July 13, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. raingirl2

    Every "REAL AMERICAN" supports the Arizona law only those who are on the take don't support the law this government stinks and will pay a big price if another amnesty is given ever!! Kudos to PA I wish Illinois would have the guts to do the same thing AZ did but they won't they are pretty corrupt and brain dead. It won't hit them until it's too late and they are all ex congress men and women LOL.

    July 13, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. johnkc

    President Obama is on the wrong side of this argument. I believe that the overwhelming majority of people in this country are for the Arizona law, and the negative stand that the democrats have taken will cause them to lose some of the elections for congress. It all comes down to jobs, or more correctly the lack of them. If we put tariffs on imports, some of those jobs would come back to this country. We also need a tax on personal information that is exported to other countries. This would bring call center jobs back to this country and would eliminate the recession in the USA.

    July 13, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  6. Mark

    Now there are two intelligent states. Only 48 more to go to rid the Country of Illegals that are sucking our state, local and federal gov'ts dry from all our free liberal, hand out programs.

    July 13, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. A Conservative

    What is the surprise in this? Most American's support the law – it seems that only the idiots in Washington don't get it. Secure our borders now!

    July 13, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. Sniffit

    Too bad a poll showing that the majority of PA voters are stupid changes nothing about the AZ law failing to pass Constitutional muster. I'd like to see the GOP propose the Constitutional Amendment it would require for the federal government to completely cede that authority back to the states...I'm sure it would be perfectly responsible and wouldn't create any slippery slope effect whatsoever...

    July 13, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  9. Get A Grip

    The majority in this country like Arizona immigration law. The problem is Obama and his administration don't like it because with them it's all about votes. That's the only thing that's important to them and they couldn't care less about what's good for this country.

    July 13, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  10. Senor Steve

    Since the crucifixion Jesus Christ hate has become the easiest emotion to arouse and exploit. The Arizona law, although couched to be compliant with federal law and to prevent racial profiling, is based in hatred of a group of people.
    Regardless of the polls, Gov. Jan Brewer and Arizona are wrong and I support the Justice Department's effort to stop it's enforcement.
    Who's next, Indians? Southeast Asians? Anyone the Tea Party deems socially, politically or culturally unclean?
    What do George Wallace and Orval Faubus have in common? Hate.

    July 13, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  11. Ben Stoutemire

    Note that Gov Rendell does not support the majority of his constituency on this issue, by his own TV comments recently. But then, how many illegals does he have coming over the PA borders every day?

    July 13, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  12. Don Beal

    I wish the federal government had not initiated this lawsuit. I doubt if it will succeed. The Arizona law is artfully crafted so that it does not on the surface interfere with immigration law. Illegal aliens face a trespass charge under the law, then would be turned over to the feds for immigration violations. The law is probably bad policy for individuals, for law enforcement, and for the nation. But on this one, President Obama is in check. It's what the public wants. It will take a legal challenge by an adversely affected individual to determine constitutionality of the law or parts of the law.

    July 13, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. JC

    Just goes to show even in Pennsylvania most people are not aware of the CURRENT laws on the books.

    Its already a crime to hire illegal immigrants ... the problem is the local law enforcement and the local judicial system doesn't enforce it by actually punishing employers who hire illegals.

    All employers are required to verify an employee's legal right to work here. An "Employment Eligibility Form I-9" is to be filed with every new hire.
    Failure to do so and getting caught is a minimum $2,500 fine per offense.

    If that alone was enforced ... there would be no Illegal immigrant issue

    July 13, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  14. The poll is deeply flawed............

    This poll is flawed because it asks people for a "yes" or "no" answer to question nobody has the facts about....these surveys seem to have alterior motives surveying without all the fatcs still known ..........

    1. Nobody knows the Obama administration immigration reform plan yet. We only know reform will be introduced in the future months. So we have no way to compare Arizona's law with the Fedral Government's future proposal.

    2. Nobody within the poll has read the actual Arizona law known as SB1070 and been able to compare it to the Constitution (ammendment 14).

    3. Nobody within poll can compare both plans to the Constitution (ammendment 14)

    July 13, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  15. T'SAH from Virginia

    OMG – CNN – anyone you ask will agree with the LAW because we all want IMMIGRATION REFORM!!! Jeez

    BUT – CNN – how many people really know what's in the LAW??? How many people know that "constitutionally" states CANNOT make or enforce their own laws in this matter???

    All of these POLLS make no SENSE!!! The question should be – "Would you agree with the Immigration Law passed in AZ if it was "constitutional"???? That's the REAL QUESTION.

    Once again – this world is dividing more and more because of how things are TWISTED. Now I really understand why President Obama quoted Dr. Martin Luther King and needed to run for the presidency because of the "FIERCE URGENCY OF NOW"!!!! It's all coming out!!!

    July 13, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. Granny Griper

    Has anyone ever looked closely at this immigration debocle?
    Does anyone know how long immigrants have been coming over the border and not one person has done to much about it.
    Does anyone know when the border patrol was first put into existence.
    Have they bothered to check.
    Does anyone know that when these immigrants go to work in our factories they are required to get and ID number and pay taxes, they also pay into your SS and get no benefit from either. The immigrants that work on the farms, clean homes, etc. do not do this , but if they go to work in a factory they are required to.
    I also think something needs to be done about immigration but when you let something get out of control and then try to fix it it is almost impossible to do so the same with the drug problem. This country always let things go completely out of control then tries to fix it.
    Doesn't work

    July 13, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. Liz the First

    How sad to see this hate growing like a cancer in this country! there are ways to deal with the immigration issue that will improve the situation without selling this country's soul to the devil! people need to remember that unless you are a member of a registered tribe, you are the child of immigrants. wonder if all these folks lining up to support this gestapo mentality are wanting to tear down the Statue of Liberty, too.

    July 13, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. amazing

    I'm disgusted with this country...i was born and raised here and as a latino in America...i say let's ship all euros back to where they came from! you stole this country from my ancestors!

    July 13, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. carlos

    why?????.....only to be thrown out in the court of law.......

    July 13, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. Wake Up

    When is our current administration going to "wake up" and realize that the majority of American people are for LEGAL immigration ONLY? The past administration(s) did nothing about this problem and now it has gotten to such a security concern for the United States that SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE about it!!!! When the drug cartels no longer import drugs but terrorists instead, then the President needs to do something to protect OUR citizens of this great nation!

    July 13, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  21. Marcus

    'The survey also indicates that by a 44 percent to 39 percent margin, Pennsylvania voters do not think the Arizona law will lead to discrimination against Hispanics.'

    That sums the whole survey. To think that the Arizonian law will not lead to racial profile can be only explained by:
    a) Ignorance about the law
    b) Selfishness at its best
    c) Racial prejudice
    d) All of the above

    READ THE LAW before commenting anything about it or forming an idea about it.

    July 13, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. Hobbes847

    Nothing wrong with Arizona's law.

    July 13, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  23. gt

    and so does tx .ala. fl.mo.montana. new york new jersey ,,, etc, ect. ect.

    July 13, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  24. Mark

    I'm for this law. This country needs it. Every state needs it. But I don't think our government, ALL of them, Dems and Repubs, don't have the fortitude to do it. All most politicians want to do is politic. Sad when this country can't get anything done because of the petty backstabbing and bickering politicians.

    July 13, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  25. Jane

    This crap about the law being racist is just that crap. I was in Yuma, AZ on business last week and EVERY morning on my way to work we stopped at a checkpoint and had to show ID. All of us and the majority of days everyone in the rental car was caucasion or african american. No one in my party minded showing ID it was not a big deal. If you portray it as a racist issue then people percieve it as a racist issue. People listen to what venom is being spewed by the news and people (who most by the way have NO idea about the issues in AZ (or that fact NM, CA, or Texas have to deal with on a daily basis). I am tired of people on the east coast, DC and Hollywood telling those of us in states that border Mexico that we are racist. You don't have to deal with our issues and you spin the facts to make it fit your agenda (and get votes from people who do not educate themselves).

    July 13, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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