May 5th, 2010
02:16 PM ET
13 years ago

Arizona Poll: Majority support state's immigration law

Washington (CNN) - A majority of Arizonan voters support their state's tough new immigration law, according to a new survey.

A Rocky Mountain Poll conducted by Behavior Research Center and released Wednesday indicates that 52 percent of Arizonans back the measure, with 39 percent opposed and nine percent unsure.

The new measure, signed into law by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on April 23, 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 law has ignited protests in the state and across the country and some are urging economic boycotts of Arizona. Supporters say the law is needed to confront rising problems involving illegal immigrants in Arizona, particularly those with criminal records.

The Rocky Mountain Poll suggests a partisan divide, with 76 percent of Republicans favoring the new law and 58 percent of Democrats opposed to the measure. Six out of ten independent voters questioned say they back the law.

According to the survey, nearly two-thirds of white voters support the measure, with seven out of ten Hispanics opposed to the law.

Fifty-one percent of people questioned in a CBS/New York Times national poll released Tuesday say the new measure is about right, with another nine percent saying it doesn't go far enough and 36 percent saying it goes too far in its scope. But more than eight in ten questioned say its very or somewhat likely that the new law will lead to police officers detaining people of certain racial or ethnic groups more frequently than other racial or ethnic groups.

The Rocky Mountain Poll was conducted April 22-25, before during and after the legislation was signed into law, with 552 Arizona voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.

Filed under: Arizona • Immigration • Jan Brewer
soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. Travis In Colorado

    I am of mixed hispanic and british race, and I totally support this law. Illegal is illegal. I wish that Obama, Pelosi, and Napatalino would start supporting the rights of Americans, and not illegal immigrants. That is their job. Not to pander to people who are here illegally. The people of the state of Arizona have spoken, and they have spoken clearly. After all, government of the people, for the people, by the people. Look it up. Good job Arizona, I wish Colorado would adopt a similiar law.

    May 5, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. DJ

    Here is the question, what guidelines will the police use to question people if there is reason to suspect they are in the United States illegally? I mean are we strictly talking about race here? If so everyone is fair game if a policeman has a wild hair in his butt and want to harass a person. AZ will go broke trying to defend all the Civil right cases this law will produce when a law enforcement over steps. Folks really don't get it, this law is not only about Hispanics it is ANY ONE!!!

    May 5, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. diesel35

    illegals are scum. Let's clean up are country.

    May 5, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. Raul

    majority can support what ever they like , its still unconstitutional.
    thats like saying the nazis majority thought anti semetic was ok.

    May 5, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. Jim in San Mateo

    The majority of Arizonans also supported not allowing the Martin Luther King holiday to be celebrated in the state and see where that got them.

    Right now the Arizona is on the very of losing the Major League Baseball All Star game which they worked so hard to get. Many of the league's players are Latino and this law is an insult to them. Therefore they have begun to pledge not to play in the All Star game if it is held in Phoenix in 2011.

    May 5, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. Christian Values

    yo whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazupp dude???

    I would like to support a law that Arizona passed recently – I WOULD STAND UP ON ONE LEG OR IN A BURNING SUN OR IN THE FREEZING WATER if someone comes up with such a law for the moslims or "allaaah uh akbhers" – there are more number of these arssehholes turning up than the decent /moderate / good ones out there ... lets just let them ROT in their deserts or great nations!!!

    albeit Arizona passed the law for our nice Jose, they should extend it to Muhammeds and deport them regardless of what their status is – just get out there (from the rear) with your beggum and go to Dubai!!

    May 5, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. Sean

    So then 52% of Arizonans support taking steps towards fascism. And trust me, I do not assign labels like "fascism" loosely. In fact, this is the first time I've ever accused done it.

    More than eight in ten people acknowledge that "the new law will lead to police officers detaining people of certain racial or ethnic groups more frequently" than others, and yet they're okay with this? What an un-American bill. Arizona residents should be ashamed.

    May 5, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. Luis Teixiera

    Please do not tell me about polls, if you have 6,000,000 people living in AZ 30% is hispanic, if you want ask about how many of this population like milk, may you have a 50% by 50%, if you like ask to the population if you like democrats and republicans may you have 30% and 30%...because all don't like.....but if you whatn ask abaut the law betwen the people that is afected, hispanics, totally, withes may have 70%, 30%, and black may even don't when ask abaut polls, be realistic....and act responsable....

    May 5, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. Norski

    Did the survey exclude Illegal Immigrants from the polling group? Those people in the USA illegally should not have a say in whether their illegal activities should be punished or not.

    May 5, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. Gary, Los Angeles

    Most people support Arizona. It's about time someone does something about it. These people are a drain to our economy and our country.

    May 5, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  11. Geegohns

    I'm certain that many Arizona citizens might think twice about this new law once they are racially-profiled and questioned about being a Canadian snowbird wintering over in arizona. About 350,00+ Canadians spend their winters there, and to be honest, I can't tell them apart from white americans.

    however, many do stay longer than 6 months less a day, so they are illegal too.

    May 5, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. eredman

    who the hell are they polling? Your demographics dictate your outcome

    May 5, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  13. JonDie

    Nixon had his "silent majority" and Arizona has its stupid majority. My dollars will stay OUT of Arizona.

    May 5, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. All the news that's fit to omit

    The ENTIRE Country shows the same numbers, so I guess that all those that want to abide by our laws that govern us are all racists as well?

    The media has tried to demean people from AZ and the tea partiers as racist, anyone that opposes anything THE MEDIA loves is racist.

    Sorry liars, it doesn't work anymore thanks to "new media"....

    The majority of the LSM is just an arm for the Lemocrats and all their causes and any hint of actual journalism is GONE.

    I can see November from my house and it is beautiful.........

    May 5, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  15. Clayton

    I guarantee that the majority of people living in AZ oppose this law. I also guarantee that the majority of people living in AZ legally do support this law

    May 5, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  16. Luis Teixiera

    Also tell me in polls:
    1 how many people don't like the law betwen the hispanic population.?.
    2 How many don't like the law betwen white population...?
    3 How many don't like the law Betwen the black population?
    4 how many don't like the law betwen the rest of the population.?
    5 how many think that this law is a profiling law betwen the hispanic population?
    5 how many think that is a profiling law betwen the white population.??
    6 etc...

    I am sure that you have the same results if you match all, but betwen each one you are going to have diferents don't make me laught and the next be responsable with your numbers....sombody can believe you....

    May 5, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. j russ

    As a young white guy with New York plates driving near the border at night for a couple years (while working a dead end job right after school) I was stopped and asked for ID untold times. Wasn't a problem since I didn't have anything to hide. Make you wonder what all those opposed to compling with federal law are hiding.

    May 5, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. Pragmatic

    A majority of southerners, if polled in 1860, would have agreed with slavery as an American institution: It was legal ... didn't make it morally right ...

    May 5, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  19. David in Houston

    Coming from the same state that gave us McCain...Surprise, surprise.

    May 5, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  20. Mike in NYC

    But if "democracy" means those with the loudest voices get what they want, rather than what the majority wants, then this law is probably doomed.

    It's a matter of organization. Remember the millions of illegals, their supporters and their enablers who took over the streets some years back? Until those opposed to invasion think the same way, instead of trusting in "the system," the invaders will get what they want. Thinking and acting "civil" is a losing strategy.

    And I agree that certain groups will be detained more than others. The vast majority of illegal immigrants are Hispanic. Reality is a racial profiler.

    May 5, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  21. LacrosseMom (the real one)

    Rocky Mountain pollsters are conservatives, who do you think they call?

    Polls do not matter when the U.S. Constitution is being trashed.

    May 5, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  22. if you want something ruined let a democratic community organizer handle it

    It's simple; if your are here illegally, then all you have the right to a trip back to where you came from. My parents live in Arizona, they can attest to the surge in kidnappings and home invasions being performed by Mexican drug gangs.

    A simple solution, let the bleeding heart liberals live in the border counties of Arizona and deal with their illegal pals.

    May 5, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  23. YY

    White Arizonan's are telling US citizens who happen to be hispanic, that due process and the constitutional protections against unlawful search and seizure DO NOT APPLY to them. Good job. You are in power now. In 20 years the tables may be reversed. What goes around comes around. Expect it.

    May 5, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. Ken in NC

    I wonder if the people of Arizona realize that Indians and Hispanics in the state are decendents of the native people of Arizona. That means police will need to be requesting ID papers from all other races found in the state.

    May 5, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  25. Independant in Missouri

    This is awesome! I saw another poll that said 59% of Americans support this bill. People who oppose this are out of their minds. This is not an anti-immigration bill, it's an anti-illegal immigration bill. For all of you who say the real problem in our country is jobs, keeping illegals out of our country will allow more Americans to work. For those of you who are worried about taxes and spending, why should our tax dollars help illegals, who return nothing to our country. I am all for legal immigration. Immigrants should be documented, authorized to work, and pay taxes. The AZ governor signed an amendment to this bill to prevent racial profiling, so unless you simply choose to ignore the wording of this bill, there is little reason to oppose it. The AZ governor and politicians who have come out in support of this bill only want to protect America, those who oppose it should actually read it first, as people can be easily misguided by talking heads, but not by the words on the page.

    May 5, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
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