July 27th, 2010
02:37 PM ET
4 years ago

CNN Poll: Quarter of Hispanics support Arizona law

Washington (CNN) – A quarter of Hispanics support Arizona's controversial immigration law, according to a new national poll. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey also indicates a generation gap among Hispanics over the new measure.

Twenty-four percent of Hispanics questioned in the poll favor the new law, with 71 percent opposed. Support for the measure jumps to 61 percent among white respondents, with opposition dropping to 34 percent among whites.

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The survey also suggests divisions among older and younger Hispanics.

"The biggest difference in the Hispanic community on this issue is the generation gap," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Forty-five percent of Hispanics who are 50 or older support Arizona's law. Among Hispanics who are younger than 50, support for the new measure drops to 17 percent. Three-quarters of younger Hispanics oppose the law."

The survey also points to a gender gap among Hispanics on the issue.

"But the gender gap is nowhere near as big as the generation gap. Nineteen percent of Hispanic women support Arizona's law, compared to 28 percent of Hispanic men," adds Holland.

Earlier: Most Americans support Arizona law but concerned about effects

The survey's Tuesday release comes two days before the scheduled implementation of a tough and controversial immigration law in Arizona. The measure, signed into law by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in April, requires police to question people about their status if they have been detained for another reason and if there is reason to suspect they're in the United States illegally. It also targets those who hire illegal immigrant laborers or knowingly transport them.

Critics have said the law will promote racial profiling. Supporters of the bill say its aim is only to enforce federal law.

Will the law work?

According to the poll, only 35 percent of Hispanics say the measure will be effective, 15 points lower than how whites responded. The survey also indicates that 74 percent of Hispanics say the law will lead to discrimination, 25 points higher than the 49 percent of whites who say the law will increase discrimination against Hispanics.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted July 16-21, with 1,018 adult Americans questioned by telephone, including a special sample of 308 black and 303 Hispanic respondents. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


Filed under: CNN Polls • Immigration • issues
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Pkm

    If this law passes no spanish person is safe

    July 27, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. The legals support....

    The Hispanics who are here legally are in support ....The United States of America must stand together and defend the countrys'
    Sovereighty,,,,Who is running the country anyway....??

    July 27, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. Washington DC Insider

    I find it really interesting that a majority of the older Hispanics support the law. I wonder why. It would be interesting to hear from some people on why this is the case.

    July 27, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. marcia

    This is not a race issue. Hispanics are caucasian!!!!

    July 27, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. Jaywing

    Once again, CNN's polling is lousy. Your sampling is far too small to provide any reliable extrapolated estimates. Please, CNN, get some people in your organization who can do proper polling, and quit trying to foist on the American people your pathetic attempts to MAKE news instead of reporting it. There are 300 million Americans. You sampled a little over 1,000. Really - a thousand and extrapolated to cover the trends and beliefs of the ENTIRE population of the country? Are you people crazy or stupid or simply out to promote 'yellow' journalism? Here's an idea for you - randomly sample 3,000,000 people - 1% of the population - then make your pronouncements about what we as Americans think or feel. Otherwise, shut up and keep your OPINIONS to yourselves!

    July 27, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  6. Jesse in Texas

    At the moment, he is the sitting President of a very disfunctional family known as the United States of America. Most appropriate for him to appear on this show with several other disgruntled characters of a like nature.

    July 27, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. Chris

    That means absolutely nothing.
    A quarter of poor people support leaders and politicians that are anti-poor and shift the economy in favor of the uber rich.

    You can get a quarter of any group to support legislation that harms them if you control them enough and feed them constant fear and propaganda.

    I don't think anyone is in favor of letting illegal immigrants stay; but a state that tries to override federal law is flirting with disaster.
    What's next? Each state is going to decide whether or not abortion is illegal?
    If you don't like the federal laws, either move or rally your state to secede from the U.S. I'm sure people would support the idea of AZ becoming its own nation. That would be awesomely hilarious.

    July 27, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. Jon Rodriguez

    They didn't asked me and I support this law

    July 27, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. Leslie

    It is clear that Americans (no matter what race!) are tired of paying for law-breaking illegal immigrants!

    July 27, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  10. dennis

    If you are here legal you shouldn't have a problem with it. By the way people read the federal law. THe govt is NOT upholding the law so I will filing a lawsuit against the govt. Thats my right. It's not only just mexicans. It is also all others from other countries...

    July 27, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  11. Enough

    I suppose they are racist too!! Time to quit throwing the race word around when there is no legitimate argument against support for enforcing the laws of this country.

    July 27, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  12. Nate

    I want to know what percentage of people read the law and what percentage are going off eric holder publicly speaking on the law condemning it as racist (admittedly) without even reading it.

    July 27, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  13. GL

    Go Figure! – Most of them are not for the Arizona law because they feel just like us black feel this law will end up discriminate against them then not. Thanks for the Latino votes for every. Republicans just shoot themselves in the foot once again with their racist views and laws that only target minorities.

    July 27, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  14. Angus McDugan

    They must be racist.

    July 27, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. GL

    Twenty-four percent of Hispanics questioned in the poll favor the new law, with 71 percent opposed. Support for the measure jumps to 61 percent among white respondents, with opposition dropping to 34 percent among whites.

    Of course more whites would support laws that only affect minorities and not them. So some whites continue to think minorities are bad for this country and are their bogyman that is coming to take from them. And I bet they are all Republicans. . Republicans just shoot themselves in the foot once again with their racist views and laws that only target minorities.

    July 27, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. Fair is Fair

    Probably all of them followed the immigration rules and feel cheated.

    July 27, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. Dutch/Bad Newz,VA

    If a quarter supports the law, that means 3/4 don't. That 25% will change their mind once they're illegally searched and harassed.

    July 27, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. GL

    But the gender gap is nowhere near as big as the generation gap. Nineteen percent of Hispanic women support Arizona's law, compared to 28 percent of Hispanic men," adds Holland.

    That right Hispanic men just like black men get pull over way more then black women and Hispanic women. I never get pull over by cops nor do my daughter no matter what, but my husband and my son get pull over for nothing and is always told I thought you where someone I we were looking for. Minorities men are seen as big threats to white men in this country and are displayed in the news as monsters, boggyman, and drug dealers. Not very minorities men are evil like the Republicans like to display and Fox News. I bet Fox News is not going to report on these polls.

    July 27, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  19. GL

    That right Hispanic men just like black men get pull over way more then black women and Hispanic women. I never get pull over by cops nor do my daughter no matter what, but my husband and my son get pull over for nothing and is always told I thought you where someone I we were looking for. Minorities men are seen as big threats to white men in this country and are displayed in the news as monsters, boggyman, and drug dealers. Not ever minorities men are evil like the Republicans and Fox News like to display. I bet Fox News is not going to report on these polls.

    July 27, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  20. GL

    The survey also indicates that 74 percent of Hispanics say the law will lead to discrimination, And it will just ask any black man in this country.

    July 27, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  21. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    This poll just shows that the genetically truncated end of of ANY racial-cultural or socio-econimic or geo-political group will be so confused or deluded as to support issues/policies which are detrimental to themselves. There is a bottom end to the intelligence spectrum of any large group of people - Hispanics included.

    How else can you explain that ~25% of Americans continue to identify themselves as [R]?

    July 27, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  22. sharon

    to bad no body includes all the Native Americans that have been falsely accused and jailed, or worse. Yes..............Native Americans.

    And to think people do not think racial profiling is going on...........

    July 27, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  23. Eric

    And, the $64,000 question is, how many of those polled were actually legal citizens?

    Because frankly, I don't care how many illegals don't like the law. Ask bank robbers how many of them hate laws against bank robbing, and I'd bet you'd get similar polling numbers. The point is, law breakers don't like laws.

    July 27, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. Bob

    Show's how young people have a sense of entitlement.

    July 27, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    POLL: 3 of 4 Hispanics do not support the law
    Headlines are what you make of them

    July 27, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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