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. Mike

    As an Arizonan, I agree with the suggestion to the bleeding hearts and ACLU'ers that they come and live here for a while. For worse, Arizona is turning into North Mexico. Spanish language signs, radio stations and TV stations litter our environment, "suspicious" Mexicans stand around outside of every Home Depot, illegals drive cars, wreck cars, kill innocent people, suck up welfare benefits, pop out endless kids, steal shopping carts, kill themselves and others in every way imaginable and we, the true CITIZENS of the United States have to put up with this? I say we build a flaming river of gasoline at the border to keep out the scofflaws who come here and then want me to pay their way and protect THEIR rights. They have no rights – they are ILLEGAL! Enough already from the northern states that don't have this problem. You don't see Canadians coming here illegally!

    April 30, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  2. Wert

    It's amazing the number of self-loathing white Americans. They hate our society so much that their knee-jerk reaction is to condemn in the most vile terms anything that may protect our country. The necessity of stopping the flood of destitute foreigners across our borders should be obvious to anyone. You can have open borders or, you can have a welfare state but, you can't have both. Anyone who can't understand this needs a refresher course on first grade arithmetic.

    April 30, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. Holding Up A Mirror

    For years I heard insecure people in the majority rail about how intellectually superior one group of people were, how hard working they were, how law abiding and honorable they were.

    The inference was that those people in the minority were somehow inferior to the majority on all these points.

    The reality of it is that a "minority" is having to clean up the mess.

    Ending the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan
    Providing healthcare to American citizens ( a 80 year fight)
    Preventing the economy from plunging into a 2nd Great Depression
    Solving the DECADES OLD immigration problem.

    Remember that the next time some "conservative" white supremacists starts mouthing off.

    April 30, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  4. NVa Native

    Un-Constitutional but the crowd who crows about the "rule of law" love it. Sad to see what we have become – "papers please".

    April 30, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  5. wwf

    I am sure that there are going to be a few citizens that get questioned. What do they have to fear. Bottom line is that they are citizens. This is not a perfect world. It will never be perfect, so quit trying to make it perfect. There are always going to be a few mistakes, but that outways the many who will get caught being here illegal. My great grandparents were arrested because they had their church service in German back during WW1. They got over it and so have I. People need to learn to deal with it.

    April 30, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. Gee money

    Do you idiots know anything about immigration from Mexico and how clogged up the system is? Some of you Americans are the dumbest people in the world. Lucky for you, you live in America because you would not make it anywhere else where you had to use your intellect.

    You don't understand why these illegal immigrants avoid going to the U.S. embassy in Mexico? Wow!! Have you idiots ever stood in a line that does not move? I'm sure that all of you remained in that line for long being the law abiding fools that you are. 31% of Americans haven't heard or do not have an opinion on the new law and another 39% want to abandon the constitution when it is convenient. Frankly, I wonder why these Mexicans still want to come over here to work – this country is on the way down, the best days are behind it. I would concentrate on separating the progressive minded people from the regressive minded people in this country rather concentrate on immigration.Progressives live in one area of the country and the regressive people in another – I'm tired. That is where we are heading. Why should progressive -leaning states always be picking up the tax tab for these backward states – talk about spreading the wealth. Why should my taxes be supporting such backward thinking people? Why are LA, MS, AL be on NY's tax tab?

    April 30, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. Ken

    I love hearing the executive office tell us how "against our principles" it is to support and enforce FEDERAL LAW! We used to be a country of laws, I guess that is no longer the case with our dear leader.

    April 30, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. Alicia

    Beverly H Tatum you just posted that the new law does not go after businesses for employing illegals. Have you even read the law? Have any of you complaining about the law even read the law? Are you all just blindly listening to what the news and famous people are saying?

    Read the bill then you can at least complain and be informed about what you are complaining about! The law does go after businesses that employ illegal immigrants. It even toughens the laws for it. It does not tolerate racial profiling, and police officers have to have just cause to ask about immigration status. Many other countries require you to carry documentation when you travel or work there from another country, however no one is calling them Nazis, no one is saying that they are unreasonable. Mexico's immigration laws and penalties are stiffer than ours in the USA and they are sitting there condemning Arizona for having laws that are not even as tough as theirs!

    If you break a law then you have to face the punishment. Don't hate on the state for enforcing the Federal Laws that already exist. Our law basically just allows the state to enforce the federal laws because, face it, the feds are not. When someone is arrested for committing a crime here and found to be an illegal ICE has to be contacted. If they do not show up within 24 hours, which they usually don't, the police have to let the illegal immigrant go. I wish that if I committed a crime they would just let me go after 24 hours because the lazy feds didn't want to or were to busy to deal with it. The new law just fixes these problems by allowing the state law enforcement to enforce the federal laws as well. They still have to contact a federal agent to determine the if the person is here illegally or not.

    The new law also states that you can only receive state benefits if you are a citizen of the USA or legally here (through visas extra). I am sorry for all of those who do not agree but in Arizona we are tired of paying for people to live off our welfare that are not citizens. I can't go to any other country and demand they pay my health care and give me food stamps even though I pay no income tax, have no right to live there and came there illegally. Why should Arizona or the USA be required too?

    All I ask is that you at least read the law and decide for yourself. Stop listening to all the fear mongering that is going on in the news.

    April 30, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. Anne

    I wonder how many people who suggest the immigrants should just come here legally know that the legal immigration population caps haven't been changed since 1960. Western Europeans (rich white people) have the highest proportion allowed, but the lowest actually vying for spots.

    Maybe if our immigration laws weren't still stuck in the pre-Civil Rights Bill era, illegal immigration from Hispanic nations wouldn't have become the huge problem it is now.

    April 30, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. Suki

    I live in Az. and a friends of mine that lived in Canada, husband American, wife Canadian. They bought a home here, had their belongings packed but when they got to the border she was turned back as she did not have a green card. Took her one and a half years to get it. She is now down here. So do not tell me they only stop dark skin people. Come in here like she did and you are all welcome just do not be illegal.

    April 30, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. Lori

    Yes I believe in some type of reform. This should have been dealt with a long time ago. My grandparents and mother-in-law followed the rules to become citizens, but they shouldn't have to be asked for their papers if they just happened to be in Arizona.

    I was born and raised in El Paso,tx lived by the rio grande. My mom still lives in the neighborhood where i grew up and I see nothing spilling over. No break ins, no shootings, nothing.

    It begins with securing our borders and stop the hiring of cheap labor. When we stop hiring cheap labor then get ready to pay $$$ for our fruits and vegetables. Don't complain when prices start going up.

    Geez I'm going to have to carry my oldest sons birth certificate when we drive through Arizona to get to Texas because he looks hispanic(brown skin, black eyes), while my other child looks white because his skin is very light and has brown/blond hair. Yes same dad, just happens that my side of the family are white skinned mexicans and my husbands side are brown skinned. So how do you distinguish who's mexican/latino?

    April 30, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. Connor Garafalo

    Sorry I don't support racial profiling. Jan Brewer should be ashamed. Go Right Wingers! White Power as normal.

    April 30, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. Wisconsinite

    "The poll suggests a partisan divide, "

    Duh. We need a new poll to point out that more Republicans than Democrats are racist???? They could have just called me and saved time and money . . . I would have told them the same thing!

    April 30, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. Realistic Dad

    Arizona did the RIGHT thing. It's time to quit making excuses and protect the citizens of that state. The rest of you ignorant liberals need to take a hike, or get a brain. For all of your socialist garbage that you want to put on America, why do you get upset with Arizona for doing what every other nation is doing concerning entering their country? I'm proud of Arizona for having the ba$$s to stand up and what's right, regardless of the liberal media spin.

    April 30, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  15. dgwilson429

    that the 31% exist is a dangreous and serious national security issue.

    April 30, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. M in Iowa

    So, what does an "Illegal" look like?

    Brown skin, dark hair? That sounds like a lot of natural born Americans (and Native Americans) to me. I have met quite a few very fair, blue eyed Mexicans in Mexico. So please, those who are in favor of this law, explain to me how this "suspicious looking person" thing is fair. Ther are illegal Canadians too. Are white people being stopped in Arizona to show their papers in the event they are here illegally too?

    This law is sad. I feel bad for those who live in Arizona that match this state's "profile." I'm sure you will have neighbors turning in neighbors because of this, and they better have their proof of American birth or papers with them. Disgusting.

    April 30, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. Wisconsinite

    Laura, Paulden AZ April 30th, 2010 12:35 pm ET

    It is so very easy for all the pundits to criticize this new law...they don't have to live here everyday. They don't walk into an emergency room filled with illegals who speak no English and take up space and time that doctors should be spending with American citizens

    The NERVE of those non-English speaking "illegals" to get sick or hurt and go to emergency rooms because they have no health insurance! By the way, do you ask for their papers because you don't have to be "illegal" to not speak English, you know. Let me guess, Laura . . . your a Republican . . . .right????

    April 30, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. I see the truth

    Gee, I wonder who did they ask to take the poll?

    April 30, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. NVa Native

    If our country really cared about stopping cheap labor coming across the border (which is what this is all about) the fix is very easy. Fine the hell out of companies or individuals who hire them.
    And most of the money from those fines would be coming from the tea-baggers, fox-followers, and ditto-head schmucks. And I bet it would make wages rise and build back up the middle class.

    But all these talking heads (Beckler, insHannity, O'Really, Limpball, etc.) and right-wingers who want to sound "tough" love and support cheap labor. Hypocrites!

    April 30, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. had enough

    I say we start making citizens arrest of all illegal aliens and dropping them off at your local police stations, INS BUILDINGS or where ever the nearest law enforcement station is . we need to start rounding them up for our own safety .then maybe they will get the hint .no more ,no more ,NO MORE of the ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION B$#@LS%$#T nuff said

    April 30, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    As a reminder to those who say the Federal Government (i.e. the Obama Administration) has failed in controlling the borders, the Bushies established the department of Homeland Security and placed the Border Patrol under it. DHS prefers to spend their money on airport Full-Body Scanners, doing patdowns of 80-year-old grannies and 2-year-old toddlers, and dividing 250-year-old towns along the US Canada border to reinforcing the border protection along our Mexican border.
    As long as the big Republican donors were building all the housing, industrial and commercial developments in Arizona, no one minded the inexpensive labor pool coming north. Once these projects were nearing completion (and the same donors had the potential of being arrested for willingly hiring illegal immigrants) the same folks put pressure on the Legislators to pass this Draconian measure.
    While I do not approve of the Minutemen with their private border patrols or Arizona's legislation I remind you they were bred by the misactions of the previous administration.
    I can just see the next SNL parodying this one. Someone dressed in a police uniform speaking with a poor movie-German accent going "Identity papers, pleez?"

    April 30, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. Mark

    Liberals and reality just do not mix.

    April 30, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  23. warren smith

    the law just needs to be explain
    then maybe people will understand

    April 30, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. joe

    OK all you liberals out there. Mexico immigration laws: 10 yrs in prison and fined. No documentation asked to leave. If caught again, fined and deported. Will allow intelligencia, professionals and investors to immigrat and then face bribery from every level to be able to gain status. If born there not a citizen. All this is a liberal venue to gain more domecrats to vote for democrats. When is this country goingto wake up. Rome was destroyed by warring tribes. We are being destroyed by illegal immigrants(and i am not just taling about Spanish people...) The Federal Government is not going to do anything so it is up to the STATES

    April 30, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. Stacey

    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.

    Wow! Someone forgot to take their meds today, LOL! What a racist rant! Too funny!

    April 30, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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