July 27th, 2010
02:37 PM ET
12 years ago

CNN Poll: Quarter of Hispanics support Arizona law

Washington (CNN) - A quarter of Hispanics support Arizona's controversial immigration law, according to a new national poll. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey also indicates a generation gap among Hispanics over the new measure.

Twenty-four percent of Hispanics questioned in the poll favor the new law, with 71 percent opposed. Support for the measure jumps to 61 percent among white respondents, with opposition dropping to 34 percent among whites.

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The survey also suggests divisions among older and younger Hispanics.

"The biggest difference in the Hispanic community on this issue is the generation gap," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Forty-five percent of Hispanics who are 50 or older support Arizona's law. Among Hispanics who are younger than 50, support for the new measure drops to 17 percent. Three-quarters of younger Hispanics oppose the law."

The survey also points to a gender gap among Hispanics on the issue.

"But the gender gap is nowhere near as big as the generation gap. Nineteen percent of Hispanic women support Arizona's law, compared to 28 percent of Hispanic men," adds Holland.

Earlier: Most Americans support Arizona law but concerned about effects

The survey's Tuesday release comes two days before the scheduled implementation of a tough and controversial immigration law in Arizona. The measure, signed into law by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in April, requires police to question people about their status if they have been detained for another reason and if there is reason to suspect they're in the United States illegally. It also targets those who hire illegal immigrant laborers or knowingly transport them.

Critics have said the law will promote racial profiling. Supporters of the bill say its aim is only to enforce federal law.

Will the law work?

According to the poll, only 35 percent of Hispanics say the measure will be effective, 15 points lower than how whites responded. The survey also indicates that 74 percent of Hispanics say the law will lead to discrimination, 25 points higher than the 49 percent of whites who say the law will increase discrimination against Hispanics.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted July 16-21, with 1,018 adult Americans questioned by telephone, including a special sample of 308 black and 303 Hispanic respondents. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

Filed under: CNN Polls • Immigration • issues
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. NC

    Well what did you expect CNN. That's like asking racists if they want a minority for President. Oh I forgot you already polled the racists in this country about our President didn't you.

    July 27, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    One quarter of Hispanics said they love the new law, when questioned by officers of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department while standing in the headlights of a patrol car.

    July 27, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. masgap

    The poll really indicates that reform is needed and wanted. Not really the current law. Reform is well overdue but both parties are afraid to take action which would show the road and steps for true and lawful reform.

    July 27, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  4. Allen

    Seems to be that those who became Americans legally – those who waited in line – don't think free-loading criminals should be here either.

    July 27, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. Dave

    The headline could have been that even established Hispanic citizens of this country have reservations about illegal immigration, especially at the age where responsibilities to one own family dominates some more remote "pride issues." It is totally understood that Hispanics view is not totally different from views of others; of course there is perhaps more sympathy but certainly not support for illegality since most Hispanic are honest, good contributing citizens.

    July 27, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  6. ME

    Lots of Germans liked yellow stars on the Jewish, too. Just wait until your Tia Alma calls you from Nogales because she went out without her ID and got deported.

    July 27, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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