Despite all efforts by the media to demonize the entire state of Arizona over its immigration law, the law is still extremely popular. In fact, it is now popular nationwide!
Polls show that nationwide support for the law has climbed from 50-51% in 2010 to 65-68% today!
According to the latest national Quinnipiac poll 74% of whites, 55% of black, and 47% of Hispanics support the law. 92% of Republicans, 46% of Democrats, and 72% of Independents support the law. The same polling agency has been reporting a steady climb in approval for the law over the past two years. In May of 2010, only 58% of whites, 25% of blacks, 34% of Hispanics, 75% of Republicans, 28% of Democrats, and 57% of Independents said they support the law.
Polls show that two out of three registered voters (or more) support Arizona’s immigration enforcement nationwide. The law enjoys far higher support than Barack Obama, who is trying to get the law declared unconstitutional.
The media has spent the past two years telling people that they are a “racist” if they support the law. There was even an episode of the Simpsons that stated people from Arizona “have no souls.” The media has failed! We can beat the “mainstream” media.
In national polls, there have consistently been more supporters than opponents of the Arizona law, with the latest polls showing higher support than at any point since its passage. More than two-thirds of registered voters (68 percent) approved of the law in an April Quinnipiac poll, while only about a quarter disapproved (27 percent). Voters backed the law by a slimmer 51 to 31 percent margin in Quinnipiac’s earliest gauge, which did not specify that the law requires police to verify some people’s legal status. The law has received at least 60 percent support in every public poll this year.
The law’s key provisions also enjoy wide public support. In a May 2010 Pew poll taken just after the law was passed, 73 percent approved of the law’s requirement that people produce documents verifying their legal status, 67 percent approved of allowing the police to detain people who cannot do so and 62 percent approved of allowing police to question anyone they suspect is in the country illegally.
Support for the law is high even as most Americans acknowledge it might lead to discrimination. More than half the public — 54 percent — said the Arizona law would lead to discrimination against Hispanics in a 2010 CNN/ORC poll, including 69 percent of African Americans and 74 percent of Hispanics. Whites divided evenly on whether the law would lead to discrimination.
One reason for such wide support may be the broad sentiment that the U.S. government is not doing enough to keep illegal immigrants from coming into the country. Three-quarters of Americans said this in a 2010 Washington Post-ABC News poll, and at least as many said so in polls back to 2005. It’s unclear whether this attitude will weaken in the wake of recent data showing the rate of immigration has slowed to a standstill in recent years, with just as many Mexicans leaving the United States as immigrating to it.
The law also has been popular in Arizona, and a political winner for Republicans. Fully 68 percent of voters in the 2010 gubernatorial race favored the law according to network exit polls — 53 percent strongly — and these voters supported Gov. Jan Brewer’s reelection by a more than a three-to-one margin. She beat her opponent by double digits.