April 30th, 2010
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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. shooter

    This new laws has to be revised and allow the police to shoot down all criminals.

    April 30, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Whats so ironic about this is Mexico deporting Americans as if were costing them any thing or killing people if they want to deport Americans they should get Dog the bounty hunter to help im sure there's a few people over there he would like to get his hands on .

    April 30, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. donttreadonme

    It is about time we stop the lies about this bill. It does not allow the Police to pull someone over just becuase he or she looks like an illegal immigrant. That is a total lie by the left wing talking heads.

    April 30, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. 8 Years of “trickle down economics” has only left a wet spot on working America's shoes!

    As a white native born American in Louisiana and now living in Texas a "border" state, I find this to be legalized racism. If Arizona statistics show the legal white couple in the 1997 Buick are stopped in the same numbers as the legal Hispanics in jacked up "donks" and all need to produce their birth certificate then fine the law is not racist.

    However, if it is just folks with brown skin then it is obviously racial profiling. What will Arizona require next, legal resident Gays have a "pink" birth cert"? The legal citizens that are mentally challenged will the have to have a "grey birth cert"?

    And to those stating that undocumented workers are breaking the law, YOU are the reason. When YOU will pay $3 for a head of lettuce or $7 for 6 six tomatoes which is what it would cost for Americans to collect this produce, as we will not work for 3.50 an hour from sunrise to sunset. live in the back of pickups and travel the entire country to follow the produce as it matures.

    So, until YOU the CONSUMER is willing to pay 10 dollars for a simple lettuce and tomato salad without whining, then shut up!

    And to you proclaiming that "70 percent" of Arizona citizens support this law, just a note about the Constitution, it was created to protect the minority from the tyranny of the majority. Without this perspective the majority of Southern whites would still own slaves as they would have been in the majority in th 1800's.

    The legal brown residents of Arizona are now subjected to the tyranny of the majority just because they are not white.

    Next will Arizona require all Hispanics legal or otherwise to live in specified "ghettos" so the police state can keep an eye on them all?

    April 30, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. noillegals

    its illegal to be illegal? no way!

    whats all the fuss about

    get them out of our country already

    if they want to live here, they need to go through the established process of becoming a naturalized citizen

    if they don't like our laws, they can leave and then they don't have to abide by them! what a concept...

    April 30, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. jimmyleetexas

    While some folks yell about illegals and disrespect the President, others are trying to find solutions that don't involve unconstitutional methods. Legislation has been proposed in congress but conservatives think it's "too soon". What they are really saying is that they want to stop this administration from accomplishing anything. They don't care about Americans, they just want to stop any meaningful laws from being passed when they are not in control. Even here in Texas, Republicans are jumping on the "Let's pass an unconstitutional, racist law" wagon. We need to get serious here, folks. Tell your congressman that we need a federal law to address this problem. That is the correct solution.

    April 30, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |

    I am already sick of hearing how you have lost your freedom becasue you have brown skin and would have to carry documents to prove your a citizen. It is not that tough, everyone has to carry a license when they drive. 99% of the population carries ID when your in public right now!

    Up to now illegal immigrants have been treated like it was a game. If we catch you trying to get here you have to go back. But if you can "Tag base" before We catch you your safe. If I rob a bank and get home with the $$ it's mine right? It wouldn't be right for the police to question me becasue I made it to base with it. Right?

    how about the illegals sneak in and have a baby, the baby is a citizen? Let's see commit a crime and receive a benefit... Does that make sense? Does not work in life in any other way...

    April 30, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. Brenda

    As has been said numerous times--the majority in the country want our laws enforced-–which means arrest/deport.

    The majority in the country will also stop any/all attempts at amnesty--just like we did 2 years ago.

    We do not reward breaking the law in our country. These illegals need to go back home--apply and wait in line-–just like the millions of other people throughout the world who are trying to come to our country through the proper, legal process.

    And, Arizona and its new law are going to gain even more support after this weekend-–as the illegals and their supporters are planning their annual protests/tantrums throughout our country this weekend. They will NOT gain more sympathy through these protests--they are going to sicken/anger US citizens even more.

    April 30, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. A Whitmore

    I am really glad that something is finally being done to try and stem the tide of illegal immigration. For those who are sympethetic to the illegals, What laws should we abide by and what laws should we ignore? I would go one step further and stop any and all entitlements to anyone here illegally. The states that do that will once again prosper.

    April 30, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. VAVoter

    How do they know that 30% of the population either doesn't know anything about this or has no opinion, from a sample of 1000 or so people? How can you know what individual people DON'T KNOW from statistical samples?

    April 30, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. Michael

    God forbid we actually ask people to carry around an ID card in their wallet. Oh wait, don't we already do that with a drivers license? And aren't cops allowed to pull over a vehicle if they have reasonable cause and ask to see your license? So what is the difference here? Oh right................democrats will gain a political advantage by coming out against this law as every illegal that they keep here and eventual try to legalize illegally will mean more votes for them. Simply put, screw you American citizens, we want to keep our jobs in office.

    April 30, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  12. VAVoter

    To Michael Armstrong, Jr.: Actually we do NOT have to accept state laws if they violate federal law, since constitutionally, federal law is the law of the land. Just like with any law, state law can be challenged in court and if it doesn't cut it, then it will be struck down....In this case, I hope and expect that it will be.

    April 30, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. Charles

    I am sure that more people would have voiced support for the bill had the pool not been conducted by humans. Sometimes we give answers that we think the people want to hear, rather than what we truly believe.

    I hope other states listen to the people and pass similar legislation!

    April 30, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. Charles

    I am sure that more people would have voiced support for the bill had the poll not been conducted by humans. Sometimes we give answers that we think the people want to hear, rather than what we truly believe.

    I hope other states listen to the people and pass similar legislation!

    April 30, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  15. All the news ths is fit to omit

    Rahmtards, over 70 percent of PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN AZ support the law and that includes Dems, Repubs, WHOMEVER.

    They are the ones dealing with being raped, murdered, kidnapped etc, etc bt ILLEGALS, NOT YOU rahmtards.

    51-39 OF THE REST OF the US again, a HUGE MAJORITY, are for this bill and MOST OF US ARE FOR LEGAL IMMIGRATION AS WELL.

    You love illegal immigration, let them have your job, your paycheck, you feed em', clothe em' and let them live in YOUR HOUSING.

    Problem solved, right rahmtards.

    The silent majority is NO longer silent.

    April 30, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  16. DC

    Are they polling in? Hispanic, Latinos and Mexicans neighborhoods. No! White = Right

    April 30, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. Victim of George W's ECONOMY

    Illegal immigration started in 1492!

    April 30, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. immigrant

    Arizona should be rewarded by Feds and reimbursed for enforcing Federal Immigration law, which actually requires to carry immigration documents by immigrants all the times. Not sure if I understand what is being proposed by pro illegal immigration folks, – ignoring laws? For me possibility to be stopped by police and to explain my immigration status is much better than risks related to crime increase. What strikes me down is a mentioning race as defending point against immigration enforcement, since Arizona population is very diverse and all minorities here I know including myself supporting immigration law enforcement.

    April 30, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. Citizen from NY

    I am all for Immigration! My matrenal and fraternal grandparents were Immigrants. It is the ILLEGAL immigration that blows my gasket! The law in Arizona specifically addresses ILLEGAL , immigration. What part of ILLEGAL do a lot of folks, including President Obama, not comprehend?

    April 30, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. BillyBobThorton

    Everyone who is claiming that we should go after the employeers of illegal immigrants is not using common sense.
    Illegal immigrants who are employed are not generally in gangs, dealing drugs, kidnapping or hanging out in the ER. They are keeping their heads down so they can keep their jobs.
    Arizona has a huge problem that they are trying to address. Is the problem a federal issue–yes. Is the federal government dealing with it–no.
    I would like to apologize to every brown skinned person who came to this country legally & who will be asked to show their identification while in Arizona. However, I would also like to ask you to quit supporting law breakers who drain this country of resources & security.

    April 30, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  21. Desertpuma

    As an Arizona native, I can say this was a step in the right direction. Arizona was #1 in the country for grand theft auto, human trafficking, identity theft, stolen cellphone numbers and meth production prior to the series of laws we have enacted. Since these laws, those have all dropped.

    We have suffered more from illegal immigrants than not. Of all the drugs that come up from Mexico, 50% come through Arizona. We have dealt with more uninsured motorists being illegal immigrants than any other state.

    If you have not actually read the law, then you would not know the law specifically prohibits racial profiling. Furthermore, all the law truly does in regards to the police is give them the same powers the Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents have as supplied by the Federal government. It also makes being ILLEGAL immigrant a State crime, levies fines against employers who hire illegals, and levies a fine against day workers if they cause traffic to stop.

    In the Arizona Republic earlier this week, they profiled a couple who were illegal immigrants who had been living in Arizona for 8 YEARS!! After 8 years illegally in a foreign country, do you think you would have gone and at least become a citizen? That's 8 years without paying taxes but leeching off of our state. ... Yeah, the law was done for the right reasons.

    April 30, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  22. John from Dallas

    I agree Perry. Today it is the rich, tomorrow it is the middle class and poor. Wake up people.

    April 30, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. tony

    Unless police would also arrest anyone who does not have an ID and put them in jails (this means even the people who support the immigration law can be arrested) this law will fail on search and seizure (the Fourth Amendment) and equal protection (the Fourteenth Amendment) grounds. There are no neutral and objective criteria for stopping people to ask them to provide an ID unless the law applies to everyone (including the supporters of the immigration law). If the law goes into effect, once a record develops that only people with brown skin are stopped, and that even people who are born in this country or have legal status are stopped and put in jail because they don't have ID with them, the law will be struck down because of the de facto discriminatory effect.

    April 30, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. Jim Brodie

    What businessman in his right mind would support this new legislation? These people are not illegal aliens, they are cheap labor!! How is a businessman supposed to make a profit?? You can't do that hiring American citizens! Any crime, overburdened health care and justice systems and the like is the collateral we must pay to live in this free, capitalistic society, the BEST country in the world!! The people who support this legislation are not TRUE AMERICANS!

    April 30, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  25. Larry

    Anonymous/ What kind of wacky weed are you smoking. Hispanics and minorities do not make up the majority of this country, not even close. Your not going to win this one if you are illegal. Legal Americans of all backgrounds, including Hispanics that have come in legally, are for stoping illegal immigration.

    April 30, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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