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Immigration: Arizona law gets bi-partisan support

Pew Research center has one of the more interesting polls out today.  Below I note that the WSJ/NBC poll shows a majority of Americans – in fact 2/3rds – support the Arizona law.  Pew found about 59% supported it.  But they also found out that when broken down to its elements and polled on each element, more supported the elements than the overall law.  That says to me that the campaign to discredit the law has had some success.  Here are Pew’s numbers:

Note that in every one of the elements of the bill, those polled gave a higher approval rating than that which the overall bill received.  They overwhelmingly support the requirement to produce documents verifying legal status (72%).  To a little lesser extent they approve overwhelmingly that police should be allowed to detain anyone unable to verify their legal status (67%).  And finally, a solid majority are fine with allowing police to question anyone they think might be in the country illegally.

Yet when it comes to support for the overall bill in which those are the three key elements, support drops to 59% – still a solid majority, but I think indicative of the successful attempts to discredit the bill.

Another interesting thing to note when considering the politics of this issue as it pertains to the Arizona law, is both Republicans, Democrats and independents polled supported the bill components in a majority (with Dems at 50% for the last component) but only Democrats had a majority against the law as a whole:

Speaking only to the politics of this, Dems are bucking a majority trend on the issue.

Last, but not least, Pew breaks this law and it’s support by age:

Again, other than one category, each age group supports the components of the bill with the level of support rising dramatically with the age of the person polled. Unsurprisingly, the youngest among them are the least likely to support the bill overall, even while a solid majority support the first component and a slight majority supports the second.

Once more, addressing the politics, most know that the youthful demographic isn’t the most dependable on election day, while older voters do indeed turn out and vote.

Pew goes on to disagree with the WSJ/NBC news poll below showing Obama’s job approval as unchanged at 47%. It also notes that his approval rating for handling immigration is at 25. It may explain why there’s really no stomach, at least at this point, among Democrats and the administration, to address the issue.

But, as stated below, the left may be cruisn’ for a brusin’ if they keep doing to Arizona what they’ve tried to do with Tea Partiers.



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8 Responses to Immigration: Arizona law gets bi-partisan support

  • I would encourage people to read the Arizona law before passing judgment.  It’s only 16 pages long and there are a lot of measures to safeguard individual rights.  Law enforcement will be punished if they are found to have been racially profiling.
    If you are speeding or run a stopsign, the cops will stop you and ask for your driver’s license.  If you cannot produce one, you are going to be arrested, just like you would be here in Alabama.  If you cannot prove citizenship and have no green card or valid entry visa, the state of Arizona will do what the Federal Government should be doing – deport you.
    All that Obama blather about being stopped on the way to Starbucks is BS.
    Download the PDF and read the law.

  • Come on Obama Administration et al, keep on “loving” that chicken…

  • Arizona law is nothing more than Federal law, being enforced.
    Notice how more and more 0-Bambi is unhappy these days? The Lap-Dog Media is frantically running in circles trying to cover the Emperor in lies they can’t support.
    The tide has turned, and it’s all Steve Jobs fault! ROTFLMAO!

  • This seems to me to be another case of selective outrage.    Sort of like all the fuss over privacy during the Bush administration from people who never cared before who was listening to whom or what financial transactions were being tracked or that you have to declare your newborn baby and assign the child a number.
    I’m libertarian enough to notice the encroachment on privacy and potential, however guarded against, for abuse.    But I’m also libertarian enough to be disgusted at the retarded (forgive me Sarah) arguments being made by people who think that the requirement to present identification is something new and scary.
    As someone far more witty than myself remarked…  the only situations where liberals are not in favor of requiring proof of identification on demand are immigration and voting.

  • I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents.  This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds.  It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.  All of us ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be treated, but this is not the case.
    I know the proponents of this law say that the majority approves of this law, but the majority is not always right.  Would women or non-whites have the vote if we listen to the majority of the day, would the non-whites have equal rights (and equal access to churches, housing, restaurants, hotels, retail stores, schools, colleges and yes water fountains) if we listen to the majority of the day?  We all know the answer, a resounding, NO!
    Today we are committed to a worldwide struggle to promote and protect the rights of all who wish to be free.  In a time of domestic crisis men of good will and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics and do what is right, not what is just popular with the majority.  Some men comprehend discrimination by never have experiencing it in their lives, but the majority will only understand after it happens to them.

    • I think it is important to note that most people who opposed ILLEGAL immigration, don’t oppose LEGAL immigration. Most are only asking that those who want to come here do it legally. I don’t think that’s too much to ask. And the rule of law is also a foundation of this country.

  • “All Men are created equal”! The founders had it right, when attempting to form a perfect union and they also knew that they were not there yet but knew we one day would get there. Lincoln moved us forward as did JFK and LBJ. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.
    It is my contention that this AZ law is not constitutional and will fail when challenged (unless, of course, they keep adding more amendments), pretty funny for this so called perfect law.
    As for the undocumented workers, as was tagged to Ronald Reagan “It’s the Economy, Stupid”. When the economy is good we say let’s all celebrate “Cinco de Mayo, my brothers” but when the economy is down “it’s all your fault, you damn immigrant”.  This too will pass. The real problem is the narcos/drug and people smuggler that’s what the focus should be on.
    Don’t you find it funny that no one ever voted for Brewer to be Governor, it’s all about politics, do not be fooled.  Busy Brewer has passed S.B. 1070, no permit conceal weapons law, the famous Birthers law banning Ethic studies law, and if history is a lesson their House Bill 2779 from two years ago (which failed when challenged) and the one that was the funniest the boycott of Martin Luther King Day, not wanting another holiday.  I believe there is an undercurrent to their enactment of new laws, they real love following a distinct pattern.