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.