July 13th, 2010
10:15 AM ET
13 years ago

Majority in Pennsylvania like Arizona Immigration law

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/13/art.borderpatrol.file6.gi.jpg caption ="A new poll indicates that Pennsylvanians approve of Arizona’s new immigration law by a nearly two to one margin."](CNN) - A new poll indicates that voters in Pennsylvania approve of the new controversial Arizona immigration law by a nearly two to one margin.

According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday, 52 percent of registered voters in the Keystone State approve of the measure, with 27 percent opposed.

Forty-seven percent of people questioned in the poll say they want Pennsylvania to adopt a similiar immigration law, with 34 percent opposed. Six out of ten say they think the federal government's lawsuit to block implementation of the measure is a bad idea, with 27 percent backing the Justice Department's legal action.

The survey also indicates that by a 44 percent to 39 percent margin, Pennsylvania voters do not think the Arizona law will lead to discrimination against Hispanics. The margin is just within the poll's sampling error.

According to the survey, more than seven out of ten say that immigration reform should move more in the direction of stricter enforcement rather than a push for to give illegal immigrants legal status.

"Pennsylvanians like the Arizona law and don't like President Obama's decision to ask the courts to throw it out. In fact, a plurality would like to see a similar law in their own state," says Quinnipiac University Polling Institute assistant director Peter Brown.

The law, which is scheduled to take effect at the end of July, requires immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times and allows police to question the residency status of people in the course of enforcing another law. It also targets businesses that hire illegal immigrant laborers or knowingly transports them.

The survey also indicates that Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett, the Republican nominee for governor, holds a 44 percent to 37 percent lead over Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, the Democratic nominee, with 18 percent undecided. Indepedents questioned say they back Corbett by a 15-point margin. The two candidates are fighting to succeed Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell, who is term limited and prevented from running for re-election this year.

The Quinnipiac University poll was condcuted July 6-11, with 1,367 Pennsylvania voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Terry

    Of course they like the law . Why would anyone not like a law whose purpose is to guard against illegal aliens entering our country.

    July 13, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  2. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Two-thirds of the entire bloody country approve of the Arizona law–proving once again how far out of touch Obama and his little minions really are.

    It's become a trend: A majority of us didn't want Obamacare, but did Obama care? No–he went ahead, quite tyrannically, and imposed it on us anyway. A majority of us don't want cap'n'tax, but Obama keeps pushing it anyway. Now the Arizona thing.

    Obama does not care what We the People of the United States want–and that makes him a tyrant who seriously needs to be removed from office as quickly as possible before he does any more damage.

    July 13, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  3. VoterinPA

    Interesting....Most of the people I know here in south-central PA think that the Arizona law is a joke and unConstitutional. Where and when was this poll taken? In a Republilcan restroom? Because it's crap!

    July 13, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  4. Legal American

    Every State should adopt the Arizona law. Maybe the ILLEGALS will get the hint that they are not needed or wanted here. We have enough Americans without jobs, our schools are overcrowded, and healthcare insurance premiums are skyrocketing.
    The Federal gov't won't do thier job to protect us, we'll have to take control. Maybe then Washington will wake up!

    July 13, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. BestProfitCompany = WAR

    How about you ask them FIRST if they read the law then you can ask them if they support it. Plus, im so sick of these stupid polls; dont you know americans are flip floppers they always changing their minds so its pointless to do poll after poll. Just another way the media wants to control the american people; control them better than any religion could ever do.

    July 13, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. Dano

    If it turns out that police are requesting proof of residency from people suspected of being here illegally from Mexico (brown skinned) and those suspected of being here illegally from Canada or Europe (light skinned) in roughly the same numbers, then the law will pass Constitutional challenges. If, on the other hand, one group is stopped and questioned in much higher numbers than the other, it will be overturned.

    July 13, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. kd

    They don't understand it. It needs to be spelled out.

    Like too many in this country, all we read are headlines and we fill in the rest ourselves. And, of course, we will vote because of fear. That's why the Republicans tend not to tell the whole story and why the Democrats are too scared to tell the whole story.

    Americans are so dumb.

    July 13, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. Elizabeth

    Most Americans were for slavery at one time. Didn't mean it was right.

    July 13, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Well then, pass a law similar to it, folks. Don't hold back. Get on with it.

    July 13, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. tony m

    Why does CNN keep calling this a controversial law? MOST Americans strongly support it and want similar laws in their own states. Shame on the Fed Govt for not doing their job and actually going out of the way thwarting the states right to protect citizens from foreign invaders. Definately a 1 term president that Obama.

    July 13, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. forwardgal

    Really? Cause nobody asked me! Must've been those in the center...you know, Pennsyltucky or Pennsylbama, whichever suits you.
    And Corbett is an idiot of the first degree. Dems better get their rears in gear for the election in this state or we'll be grouped in with the south and other rightwingnut states. UGH...gross.

    July 13, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. Coach Lew

    If a poll is taken in every state the results will be the same as in Pennsylvania.

    July 13, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  13. Laura

    Thank you Pennsylvania for standing up pertaining to Arizona's enforcement of SB1070.....every state that comes aboard just makes our country greater and stronger against the drug cartels, illegals and open borders....if our Federal Gov't won't enforce the laws, then the states need to....

    July 13, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  14. Steve A. , New Braunfels , Texas

    Here in Texas the "saying" Remember the Alamo is a big deal, I think all of America needs a new "saying" it should be REMEMBER ARIZONA, think about it next time you vote.

    July 13, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. Greg Pottstown PA

    PA is a state FOR the constitution. PA spent 700 million last year to care for illegals and we are fed up. We have a growing debt and that 700 million will not zero our debt but it would make a huge dent. Bottom line, I am proud of my state and unwilling to support the Illegal hordes defiling it.

    July 13, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. JES

    There is nothing wrng with the AZ law.

    Come in the front door like everyone should and go thru the process. We don't need reforn just enforcement of the law we have now.

    July 13, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. Taylor

    This is so sad how racist people in our country still are. Its incredibly sad. This "we're better than other nations" attitude has got to stop because we are NOT better than many industrialized nations. Our economy sucks, our education has fallen far below those of other industrialized countries, and our citizens are the most unhealthy on the planet. It's time we wake up and get off our pedastal.

    July 13, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. Gale

    Yes, and most of the population of the other states, even California, approve also. The media wants you to believe otherwise, but all you see are protests against Arizona, not the support. The illegals have already tried to turn our country into Old Mexico. High crime rate, graffiti and trash everywhere, filth, and complete disregard for authority. Those people here legally want to become Americans and grow with our country, not tear it down!

    July 13, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  19. jay

    Like it or not, it's racial profiling.

    July 13, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. Dale

    The MAJORITY everywhere like Az's immigration law. OH WAIT..... every American and that don't include this liberal administration that's trying to buy votes. AGAIN not listening to the AMERICAN people.

    This minority thing is OUT OF CONTROL. We are sick of everything being blamed on race and using our laws against us. This has got to stop and now.

    Your trying to start a war that you cannot win. WHY? and WHY is this so called president not stepping up and telling Minorities and the NAACP to shut up and back off before something really bad happens? Why ? is it part of the plan? It won't work out good for anyone, especially minorities.

    July 13, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  21. lolo

    This is not surprising coming from Pa.If they are liviing in the mountain and rural areas the poll is correct. I am quite sure these are the types of people that were polled.

    July 13, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  22. veteran

    Just goes to show you that the majority has been kowtowing to the smaller "rights" shrieking liberal minority in this country! Take back America NOW!

    July 13, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. cjr

    What a truly ugly country we have become! And the terrible thought is that most of you have children and you will teach them the same terrible mind set that you have. This country is on a decline –

    July 13, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. Victim of GOP Taliban

    11 million illegals working for minimum wage / no beneifts + outsourcing of at least that many American jobs overseas + worst job market in many decades = Not Good.

    Bush/McCain pushed amnesty so their Big $ corporate constituents could continue to exploit cheap labor. Bush literally met with construction industry lobbyists the same day he promoted the immigration bill. I didn't realize that all of sudden when Obama took office that Arizona had an issue with immigration.

    July 13, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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