On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will listen to arguments in the Obama administration's lawsuit against Arizona's immigration-enforcement law. In advance of the hearing, public opinion polls are showing that by more than a 2-to-1 margin, Americans support Arizona's efforts and don't want the high court to overturn it.
The recent poll about the Arizona's Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, SB 1070 shows:
- 65% of voters favor the law, while 31% oppose it.
- 84% of Republicans favor Arizona’s law, while 46% of Democrats do. A 51% majority of Democrats opposes the law.
- Independents favor the law by a 40 percentage-point margin, 67% in favor, 27% in opposition.
- 72% of voters who live in the West and 69% of voters who live in the Midwest approve of the Arizona immigration law, compared to 61% of voters who live in other regions of the country.
The Fox News poll is based on landline and cellphone interviews with 910 randomly-chosen registered voters nationwide and is conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) from April 9-11.
A Quinnipiac poll taken April 11-17 found that 62% of American voters want the Supreme Court to uphold Arizona's immigration law. Only 27% of American voters would want the Supreme Court to overturn Arizona's law.
The Arizona law took effect in July 2010. It makes illegal immigration a state crime and allows local law enforcement to question the legal status of anyone stopped on suspicion of a crime and detain anyone who cannot prove his or her immigration status.
The Justice Department filed suit challenging it, and the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments next Wednesday on whether many of the law’s key provisions are constitutional.
For more information about the poll and to see the full poll results, read Fox News.
To see the full results of the Quinnipiac poll and other polls on immigration from the past year, read PollingReport.com
Updated: Tue, Apr 24th 2012 @ 1:51pm EDT