Arizona Immigration Law - Survey Says

The Arizona Immigration Law has been in the news ever since there was news that Governor Jan Brewer would out her signatures to the document and make it a law. The Senate Bill 1070 or the SB 1070 is a law that allows police enforcement personnel to detain and check on individuals in the state with regards to their legal immigrant status. The police have therefore been given the right to ask for proper documentation to be produced during lawful contact if there is reasonable suspicion.

The law has given rise to a large amount of uproar among the people and the media is replete with criticism of the law. Those angry and fuming state that the law is only likely to give relentless power in the hands of the police, prejudiced members of which shall misuse the power and harass Hispanics and those of Latino origin. It is being presented as a law that will increase ethnic profiling, giving rise to racial discrimination, community distrust, higher levels of crime and litigations; something that is likely to have national political repercussions too.

Fine for Some
Some, however have been through the details of the law and state that the law has been worded well taking into account the various fears that have been mentioned by some Hispanics. Governor Jan Brewer states that she was aware of the kind of uproar that the law might bring about but she felt that she could not allow illegal immigrants to continue coming into the state since the Federal Government at Washington had been slow in reacting to the needs of the state.

Survey Says
Despite the fact that the issue seems to have created displeasure among many, it is surprising that the poll results show differently.

In the Gallup poll held in April 2010, more than three fourths of Americans had heard about the law. Among these slightly more than half (51%) are in favor of the law that has been passed. Three fourths of the Republicans were in favor as against the 34 percent of Democrats who agreed with the law. Half the Independents were also in favor of the SB 1070. The Gallup poll results are based on a telephonic survey that was conducted among 1013 adult Americans, 18 years and above.

The national survey conducted by Pew Research Center for the People and the Press among 994 adult Americans also had a similar story to tell. At an overall level, almost 60 percent approved of the law and almost three fourths thought that it was justified to ask people to produce documents related to their legal immigrant or resident status. Two thirds were also felt that it was okay to detain someone who could not produce legal documents verifying the status.

A higher proportion of Republicans (82%) were in favor of the law at an overall level as compared to Independents (64%) and Democrats (45%). However, 65 percent of the Democrats also felt that asking people to produce legal documents to verify status was not out of line. The older Americans (65+ years) were more in favor of the law (82%) than the fiery younger ones (18 – 29 years), only 45 percent of whom approved of the law. Here again the younger group also approved of the need to produce legal documents when asked (61%).

Yet another poll conducted by McClatchy-Ipsos among 1016 adult Americans showed that 61 percent and 64 percent of registered voters favored the Arizona Immigration Law.
The latest Rasmussen Report based on telephonic interviews of prospective voters in Arizona showed that 56 percent approved of the manner in which Governor Brewer was conducting her duties. This is an increase from the 40 percent recorded a fortnight earlier.

With all the poll results showing positive numbers in favor of the Arizona Immigration Law, it seems like a case of too much noise being made by some people who are unduly feeling sensitive about the recent law that has been passed. It is merely a case of the dissatisfied making a higher ruckus of things as compared those who are satisfied or in favor.


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