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05-12-2010, 06:20 PM
Poll: Most in U.S. approve of Arizona immigration law
57 comments by Alia Beard Rau - May. 12, 2010 03:08 PM
The Arizona Republic

A new Pew Research Center poll indicated that 63 percent of people nationally support allowing police to question anyone they think may be in the country illegally, and 59 percent approve of Arizona's new illegal immigration law.

The new law, which goes into effect July 29, makes it a state crime to be in the country illegally and requires police to inquire about the immigration status of anyone they reasonably suspect to be in the country illegally.

The poll, which was released Wednesday, surveyed 994 adults nationally by phone between May 6 and May 9, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. Of those polled, 662 were interviewed on a landline phone and 332 on a cell phone.

Of those polled:

• 73 percent indicated approval of "requiring people to produce documents verifying legal status."

• 67 percent indicated approval of "allowing police to detain anyone unable to verify legal status."

• 62 percent indicated approval of "allowing police to question anyone they think may be in the country illegally."

• 59 percent indicated approval of the new Arizona law.

Most of the Republicans polled indicated that they support the three provisions and the law itself. Most Democrats opposed the new law, were split on whether police should be allowed to question individuals thought to be in the country illegally and supported requiring people to produce documents and allowing police to detain individuals unable to verify legal status.

The older the participant, the more they indicated support for the three provisions and the new law.

The majority of individuals over age 30 polled indicated support for all three provisions and the law. The majority of those age 18-29 indicated opposition for allowing police to question anyone they believe to be here illegally and the new law itself, but indicated support for the other two provisions.

For example, 45 percent of those age 18-29 indicated approval of Arizona's new immigration law, compared with 74 percent of those age 65 and older.

McClatchy-Ipsos poll

A strong majority of Americans support Arizona's controversial new immigration law and would back similar laws in their own states, a separate McClatchy-Ipsos poll found.

Sixty-one percent of Americans - and 64 percent of registered voters - said they favored the law in a survey of 1,016 adults conducted May 6-9.

Strikingly, nearly half of Democrats like the law, under which local law enforcement officers are tasked with verifying people's immigration status if they suspect them of being in the country illegally. While the Democratic Party
generally is regarded as more sympathetic to illegal immigrants' plights, 46 percent of Democrats said they favored the law for Arizona and 49 percent said they'd favor the law's passage in their own states.

More than eight in 10 Republicans and 54 percent of independents favor the law.

In addition, about 69 percent of Americans said they wouldn't mind if police officers stopped them to ask for proof of their citizenship or legal rights to be in the country; about 29 percent would mind, considering it a violation of their rights; and about 3 percent were unsure.

lmost two-thirds of Americans said illegal immigration was a real problem that hurt the country; they were evenly split as to whether the jobs illegal immigrants take are ones that Americans don't want.

The McClatchy-Ipsos poll had an error margin of plus or minus 3.07 percentage points for all those surveyed and 3.26 percentage points for registered voters.

Includes information from Margaret Talev of McClatchy Newspapers.

(Speaking as a proud Arizona resident I completely support this law. This state is being destroyed by illegal immigration. We are tired of the mules and the coyotes overrunning our cities.

Mule - drug smuggler
Coyote - ILLEGAL Immigrant smuggler.

We are fed up having to pay for the education of illegal alien children at the expenses of our own children. In Ajo, a border town, Mexican children were caught being bussed across the border to attend American schools at the expense of Arizona taxpayers.

We had enough of the gun battles in our neighborhoods between the drug mules.

We can't afford to continue to pay the illegal aliens medical care. Our emergency rooms are over run with them.

We have had enough of paying for our police having to track kidnapped children of illegal aliens being held for ransom by coyotes.

We tried of having clean up carnage on our roads caused by overloaded vans hauling illegal aliens.. One crash last summer killed 15 on I-17 south of Phoenix.

We are tired of having Arizona ranchers being murdered on our border.

We are tired of having our young girls being RAPED by Illegal Aliens. (see the Chandler rapist. http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/0113chandlerrapist0113.html)

Every incident I've listed above along with many others has happened in last year.

Arizona does not have the money to pay for ILLEGAL ALIEN CRIMINALS any longer.

The state budget has already been cut by 22% from last year and if a one cent sales tax increase does not pass this month it will have to be cut by another 10%. To list just a few of the cuts: our state parks are being closed, our rest stops on the interstates are closed, tuition at the state university has doubled, state programs for the mentally ill have been slashed, environmental programs are being slashed, aid for senior citizens centers are being cut, money for roads and bridges has been slashed. I could go on but I think you get the point.

We here in Arizona don't care if your from Ireland or India, Canada or China, or Morocco or Mexico.

If you are in our country illegally GET OUT!

What part of ILLEGAL do you not understand?

- mesa)

05-12-2010, 06:32 PM
But Mesa, it is all about hatred and racism, not a legal status :rolleyes:

05-12-2010, 06:40 PM
this is the poll for my local papers website...

Do you oppose or favor Arizona's new law targeting illegal immigration?

Oppose 18% (255 votes)
Favor 82% (1,200 votes)
Total Votes: 1,455

05-12-2010, 07:45 PM
But Mesa, it is all about hatred and racism, not a legal status :rolleyes:


05-13-2010, 08:56 AM
"They are all racists filled with ignorant hatred. I say so."

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