April 30th, 2010
11:41 AM ET
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Natl. Poll: More favor than oppose Arizona immigration law

Washington (CNN) - Nearly four in ten Americans support Arizona's new immigration law while three in ten say they oppose it, according to a new national poll.

A Gallup survey released Thursday indicates that 39 percent of the public says from they know or have heard about the new law, they support it, with 30 percent opposed and 31 percent saying they have not heard of the new law or have no opinion.

The poll was conducted April 27-28. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the legislation into law on April 23. The law 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 laws has ignited protests in the state and across the country and some are urging economic boycotts of Arizona.

According to the survey, nearly eight out of ten Americans have heard about the law. Of those, 51 percent support the measure and 39 percent oppose the law.

The poll suggests a partisan divide, with 27 percent of Democrats supporting the law, 45 percent opposed and nearly three out of ten not hearing of the new measure or undecided. Sixty-two percent of Republicans questioned say they favor the law, with 14 percent opposed and 24 percent unaware of the measure or undecided. Thirty-seven percent of Independents say they support the law, with 29 percent opposed and one in three not hearing about the new measure or unsure.

"That gap is a reflection of how Democrats and Republicans feel about illegal immigrants themselves, not just the new law," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "In a March CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, two-thirds of Democrats said they sympathized with illegal immigrants and their families. Only four in ten Republicans said they felt that way."

The Gallup poll was conducted by telephone, with 1,013 national adults questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.

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  1. Nellie Bly

    I lived in Az for over 20 years. I know illegal immigration is a problem but this presumption that only Mexicans, El Salvadorans, etc are illegal is absurd. And this bill will lead to everyone thinking brown is illegal. Let's start at the Canadian border and work our way down. I live in a state that shares a border with Canada. Let's question every Canadian looking person!

    April 30, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. Spanish American

    Celicia and Mad as Hell in Arizana, so you don't mind if all illegal just crash at your place then huh? Let me get them your address please...

    April 30, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. rizzo

    To all the idiots who are not familliar with the constitution. The tenth ammendment allows this law to take place. States rights. Like Nevada having legalized prostitution. The constitution was created by immigrants from England in the united states. We faught wars to have these ammendments.

    April 30, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. Matthew in Washington

    Wow, talk about much ado about nothing. Have any of you actually read the law? The law basically makes Arizona law enforcement officials additional boarder control guards. The law states the immigration status will be determined and enforced under the Federal Statutes. It also makes human smuggling a crime. It makes the first offense of being caught here illegally a misdemeanor, unless you are caught with illegal substances, guns, etc. Essentially, the reason why it is a crime is to give police the authority to arrest the person and transport them to the feds for processing.
    So there is nothing really "new" about the law. The novel concept is Arizona law enforcement officials can now "help out" the federal boarder patrol. If you are in the country legally you have nothing to worry about except maybe having some of your time wasted to prove your status. If you are here as an illegal alien then you have something to worry about. But not much, the law says there has to be a "lawful contact" prior to reasonable suspicion of immigration status. In otherwords, if your wife calls because a guy stole her purse and they see a guy on the street with a similar purse they can stop him and ask questions. Broken tail light in a car they can stop you. The cops aren't authorized to set up road blocks to check legal status, the legal status can only be checked after a "lawful contact" occurs.
    The funny thing is no one is talking about the real beef of the law which makes it basically impossible to hire an illegal alien. It is a crime even to pick a guy up from home depot to help dig a hole for the day. Also if you are illegal you get no state benefits. Sounds like a way to help unemployment and protect tight budgets. Oh yeah, transporting illegals in your car and they can take it. But people are ticked about showing proof of status and if here illegally then going to federal processing (which is what they skipped over to get into the country illegally).

    April 30, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. DfromthePeg

    For all you people saying that this is a racist nazi law:

    Do you promote the murder of ranchers on their own property?
    Do you pray for the death of politicians who supported the law?
    Do you like it when cops are killed?
    Would you endorse violence if it promoted your political agenda?

    If you answered yes to any of these, you are the true nazi.

    April 30, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  6. Don

    This country's economy is based on producing and providing a myriad
    of goods and services. We can do that because we are able to tap into a vast and vital labor pool. From the most highly skilled labor force to those who are willing to do arduous tasks. All of which is needed to run this economy.
    The next time you walk down the market aisles. Imagine how much of that production is done by a labor pool willing and capable of doing the work. There are areas of this economy that most us are not willing or are even capable of doing.
    No matter our circumstance. We live very priviledged lives and I think we are easily able to take for granted the type of work and labor that is needed to sustain the priviledged lives that we lead.
    Non-sanctioned immigration has been part of our landscape for decades now. I think if we can be less emotional about the issue.
    And if we can be honest with ourselves. We can say that we have all benefited from this immigration. To what degree may be disputable and controversial. But at the very least. It should have a consideration other than just the negative voices you hear now. In part, we have all sanctioned this immigration by accepting these benefits and producing the demand for such a labor pool.
    We have a rich history. Part of that is a hispanic ancestry that reaches
    decades prior to assimilation into our own beginnings. A part that is also entrenched in our present and future. And within that is our own. Are an entrenched that live in varying degrees of our acceptance.
    I believe it is our obligation and to our humanity to find solutions that will not lessen either.

    April 30, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
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