Networks: Most Polled Support Arizona’s Immigration Law

By:  R. Cort Kirkwood
06/11/2012
       
Networks: Most Polled Support Arizona’s Immigration Law

Two recent polls show that Americans support Arizona’s tough immigration law that the Obama administration is trying to overturn in the U.S. Supreme Court. The CNN and CBS/New York Times surveys both show that most Americans clearly don’t think the law is racist and believe the states should play a role in enforcing immigration law.

Two recent polls show that Americans support Arizona’s tough immigration law that the Obama administration is trying to overturn in the U.S. Supreme Court.  The CNN and CBS/New York Times surveys both show that most Americans clearly don’t think the law is racist and believe the states should play a role in enforcing immigration law.

Arizona’s law, passed in 2010, has been under siege ever since the Obama administration declared it racist and launched a full-scale legal assault on the Grand Canyon State that is now awaiting a settlement by the highest court in the land.

The Polls
According to CNN, 75 percent of those answering its poll favor the law, with 24 percent opposed. CNN did not offer much detail about its poll beyond those numbers; but the numbers show that most Americans clearly believe that Arizona — which pays $2.1 billion annually to support its illegal alien population, according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) — has the right to protect its borders.

The CBS/New York Times poll offered a little more detail. It reported that 52 percent said the law is “about right,” with 11 percent saying SB 1070 “doesn’t go far enough.” About 33 percent think the law “goes too far.”

The numbers mean that 63 percent of those polled, a clear majority, believe the law is a good one that may be too lax. Those opposing the law are a clear minority.

Oddly, the New York Times did not report the 11 percent figure that CBS put in its story, but did add an interesting bit of detail: “As a general matter, more than 6 in 10 Americans said both the federal and state governments should play a role in addressing illegal immigration. A quarter said the federal government should have sole responsibility, and 11 percent said only state governments should address the matter.”

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