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. Sniffit

    Same exact thing as the War on Drugs. America doesn't want to take responsibility or hol ditself accountable for its role in the problem, so it turns the focus outward. We won't get rid of either problem until we recognize and accept that the ONLY truly effective, efficient, non-wasteful method of stopping illegal immigration (or drug trafficking) is to attack and decrease the demand...not the supply.

    But that's ok...I'm sure most people in AZ are thinking "hey, it's not us white peoples' faults...it's those d-mn brown peoples' faults....they're the ones who are coming here illegally...we should be allowed to only turn a blind eye to a few coming over so labor will be a little cheaper, but keep out the rest...we only want them to the extent that they serve a purpose."

    April 30, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. carol

    Gee, how many Hispanics do you think were included in the poll?

    April 30, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  3. Blaum

    Of course the democrats sympathize with illegal immigrants.... that's their future voting support......

    one of these days people may wise-up to the fact that the democrats and their socialized agenda are the ones that are 'oppressing' minorities..... keeping them 'government dependent' is the master plan of the party and has been for years..... but I'm not banking on people wising up any time soon....

    illegal means illegal...... if the fedral government refuses to inforce the law on the border... don't be surprised if the states take matters into their own hands.... if you have a gripe.... send your complaint to Obama....

    April 30, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  4. If We Can Defeat Him On Healthcare, It Will Be His Waterloo

    Maybe if the survey question was:

    "Do you believe that the police should be able to stop a "suspicious-looking person" on the street and ask for their papers?"

    Betcha the answer is 80 plus per cent "NO".

    It all depends on how the polling question is phrased.

    April 30, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. Sniffit

    What's truly mind-boggling is that anyone at all thinks that public opinion on the subject matters. That's not how the Constitution works. Yet another reason on the list conservatives have for hating the Constitution....

    April 30, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. JIM El Paso Tx

    I'm amazed that anyone would oppose the Arizona law. What part of the words ILLEGAL immigrants don't they get??? A California man was crying about being an "immigrant" who made a life for his family here. Of course he came over LEGALLY rather than through a hole in the fence in the dead of night! No one that opposes any immigration law EVER uses the word ILLEGAL in their rants. Why not?????????

    April 30, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I want to know who is being polled. How about polling a totally hispanic community and see what the favorability of the law is then. You can take these poll numbers and shove it.

    April 30, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. jdmintexas

    What suprises me is that 20% of people haven't heard of this law. What the heck are ya'll doing?

    April 30, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. wwf

    Forget political correctness. Where are most of the illegals from. The color of their skin cannot be helped. Bottom line is that they are here illegal. They have broken federal law and state law. What do people not understand about that. I do not have a problem what so ever with people wanting to come here, but they need do it the right way and then learn how to speak English. For all of you bleeding heart liberals out here who are only interested in the vote, maybe you will see the light when you have trafic signs in 20 different languages. No drivers license until they pass the test in English. I don't care where they came from. To all of the people who are hiring the illegals, I wish they would start enforcing the law with you to. Why is it that our country is more than willing to give people who break the law food, housing, free insurance and free education all the while they are being paid by someone who is breaking the law by hiring them.

    April 30, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    I for one would sure like to know who these folks are that CNN polls because I find this truly surprising and almost hard to believe..Given the fact that HIspanics and other minorities make up the majority of this country, this one is alittle hard to swallow, which begs the question who are these folks they poll ?? Strange that I have never rec'v a call from a pollster..CNN poll results almost always come out in support of those on the right..Does that tell you something ? Well if it doesn't, it very well should !!!!!

    April 30, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |

    And when they pull over a Latina and ask for papers, while her son is fighting for us in Afghanistan – what do you say then?

    April 30, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  12. Four and The Door

    The Administration and Congress will not do anything about illegal immigration but only out of their own self-serving reasons. They are worried about all of the hispanic votes they would lose by doing their job. That sounds like deciding to go with personal greed at the expense of our country.

    April 30, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  13. Eric in Denver

    The number favoring the bill would be a lot higher if people took the time to educate themselves on the bill rather than listening to the liberal media. A person can't be dragged off the street and forced to show an ID. There has to be an arrest or a significant amount of evidence that a person commited a crime in order to ID. What is the big deal with that? These people that oppose it are just your typical left wing racists that want to make everything a racial issue and by doing so cause racism rather than quieting it. It does exist but this is not a case. This is the exact opposite of Barack's healthcare bill in which the more people read about it the more they are against it. If people took the time to read this law the people in favor would be 90%+

    April 30, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. Beverly H Tatum

    I don't think any American citizen supports the presence of ILLEGAL immigrants in our country. They drive up crime rates, deplete our school resources, run up the costs of our healthcare system etc.

    However, the answer is NOT racial profiling.

    As usual Republicans are dancing around the REAL issue – EMPLOYERS WHO HIRE KNOW ILLEGALS. The law should be going after business owners who hire illegals and pay them slave wages with no benefits.

    Republicans will NEVER go after their business buddies. They would rather target people they consider racially inferior and helpless. Fits perfectly with their racist Party theme.

    April 30, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  15. Julie

    These statistics are conflicting.

    April 30, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. Joan

    I am sure that a lot of the people who oppose the immigration law in Arizona don't live in Arizona. I say walk a mile in the shoes of the citizens of Arizona then you will know first hand what the problem is. A problem which we have been dealing with for years. After 9-11 we thought that things would be different. At least we would have protected the border. But it is worse now. No one has been listening. Maybe NOW the people in Washington will MOVE.

    April 30, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. T'SAH from Virginia

    This is how CNN and these polls are so DISTORTED and TWISTED!

    4 in 10 favor law
    3 in 10 oppose law

    Then it goes on to say “…39 percent of the public says from[sic] 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."

    THEN "eight out of ten Americans have heard about the law. Of those, 51 percent support."

    THIS POLL MEANS NOTHING!!! The same THIRD of American NEVER even heard of the law or have NO OPINION!! And all of the TWISTED NUMBERS presented are conflicting... BOTTOM LINE – Democrats are AGAINST the law and REPUBLICAN'Ts are for it!!!!

    April 30, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  18. Future expat

    I was born in the US and I have lived and worked her all my life. I've been free to travel all over this great nation. But now I am no longer free. Because of my brown skin and dark hair, I now have to prove that I have the right to be in this country, should I have the misfortune of finding myself in Arizona.

    The far right crowd loves to talk about freedom an liberty. Funny that they now support a bill that robs people of their freedom and liberty.

    April 30, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  19. Jules

    What polls, I have spoken to everyone I know and not a one of them were polled, and all are against. I think these polls are a crock and favor the defending side.

    April 30, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. IndependentAmerican

    39% say they support the law.

    30% opposed

    and 31% do not know about the law.

    IF Gallup were able to poll those of us with cell phones the opposition would be huge!

    April 30, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  21. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    What surprises me is not that 39% of the respondants polled in favor of the law, but that 30% either haven't heard of it or have no opinion on it. Arizona is already feeling the ramifications by the cancellations of conventions and conferences. Now I can see Mexico enacting rules requiring Americans visiting to have their visas on them at all times and to display them to any police officer who thinks they may be in the country illegally! I am looking forward to the first kid of an Arizona legislator being busted in Cancun or Cozumel for not having his visa in his Speedo! Then watch the sparks fly!

    April 30, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  22. rob

    Why do we need to disemble this information CNN? It is clear from this sentance:

    "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"

    Of those who are familiar with the new law 51% approve, 39% oppose. End of story.

    Why do you add Mr. Holland's OPINION about the "Feelings" people have about Illegal Imigrants and their families and then go on to site that Republicans don't sympathize as much as Dems??????? What kind of BS reporting is that? What was the question you asked in that March Poll you conveniently put in this article? I'd like to know how you framed that one.

    April 30, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Is this a surprise to anyone? But that sentiment will be ignored by the libertards, who see more votes and a chance to steal more money from hard working taxpayers in their continued reelection. Like the call not to pass Obozocare was. People who actually work and pay taxes don't mean anything to this corrupt, slimy bunch. Their supporters are so ignorant they think Obozo is giving them his personal money and since the sit at home, smoke dope and watch Oprah rather than work, don't have a clue where all this goverment money the union backed liberals give them comes from.

    April 30, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  24. Mikey

    I guess those claiming that 70% support the law might be a little off (in more ways than one)

    April 30, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. Roc

    How in the world can someone "sympathized with illegal immigrants"? They're here illegally!! Is it now the policy of our government to selectively enforce our laws? Illegal is illegal.
    To all Americans who care about saving our country, now is the time to stand up and end the illegal influx of people hell bent on turning the USA into Mexico north.
    The new Arizona law is just a step in the right direction to curb this growing, serious problem. There is no way anyone with 1/2 a brain can think otherwise. Illegal is illegal is illegal.

    April 30, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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