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56% Oppose Justice Department Challenge of Arizona Law; 61% Favor Similar Law In Their State
Rasmussen ^ | 7/8/10 | Rasmussen report

Posted on 07/08/2010 1:26:38 PM PDT by highlander_UW

56% Oppose Justice Department Challenge of Arizona Law; 61% Favor Similar Law In Their State

Voters by a two-to-one margin oppose the U.S. Justice Department’s decision to challenge the legality of Arizona’s new immigration law in federal court. Sixty-one percent (61%), in fact, favor passage of a law like Arizona’s in their own state, up six points from two months ago.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 28% of voters agree that the Justice Department should challenge the state law. Fifty-six percent (56%) disagree and another 16% are not sure.

These findings are unchanged from late May when the possibility of such a challenge first surfaced in news reports.

Eighty-six percent (86%) of all Likely Voters say the immigration issue is at least somewhat important to how they will vote for Congress this November, with 55% who say it is Very Important.

Those who say the issue is Very Important to their vote are even more likely to oppose the government action. Seventy-two percent (72%) of those who rate the immigration issue Very Important to their vote disagree with the Justice Department challenge.

On the other hand, the nation’s Political Class thinks the legal challenge is a great idea. Seventy-three percent (73%) of Political Class voters agree with the Justice Department decision to challenge the Arizona law, while 67% of Mainstream voters disagree and oppose that challenge.

But then 71% of Mainstream voters favor passage of an Arizona-like immigration law in their home state. Seventy-two percent (72%) of Political Class voters oppose passage of such a law.

Among all voters nationwide, just 28% oppose passage of an immigration law like Arizona’s in their state.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 6-7, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Republicans and voters not affiliated with either major party strongly favor passage of a law like Arizona’s in their state and disagree with the Justice Department challenge. Democrats lean in favor of a challenge and against a similar law in their home state but by much narrower margins.

Supporters of the law in Arizona say it’s necessary because the federal government is not enforcing immigration policy and illegal immigrants are an increasing budget and public safety burden on the state. The law requires local police to check the immigration status of those they suspect of being illegal immigrants.

President Obama, the president of Mexico and others including several major Hispanic organizations have complained that the law may lead to racial profiling. The Justice Department suit challenges Arizona’s law on the grounds that it tries to usurp legal responsibilities reserved to the federal government.

Sixty-four percent (64%) of voters believe the federal government by failing to enforce immigration law is more to blame for the current controversy over Arizona’s new statute than state officials are for passing it.

The Justice Department challenge takes on even more importance since several other states are already considering laws similar to Arizona’s to crack down on illegal immigration.

The president has indicated that he hopes the debate over the Arizona law will force Republicans and Democrats in Congress to agree on immigration reform legislation. That seems highly unlikely in an election year in which the issue puts a number of Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, at risk.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of voters say that when it comes to immigration reform, gaining control of the border is more important than legalizing the status of undocumented workers already living in the United States. Just 24% say legalizing the status of illegal immigrants is more important. These findings have remained consistent for several years.

Again, the difference between the Political Class and Mainstream voters is striking. Seventy-six percent (76%) of Mainstream voters say gaining control of the border is the priority, but 71% of the Political Class think it is more important to legalize the status of undocumented workers.

Among voters who rate immigration as Very Important to how they will vote for Congress this November, 82% say gaining control of the border is more important.

It’s important to note, however, that 59% of all voters favor a welcoming immigration policy that excludes only national security threats, criminals and those who would come here to live off the U.S. welfare system. Twenty-five percent (25%) disagree with such an immigration policy, and 15% more are undecided.

This suggests that voters make a significant distinction between legal and illegal immigration. That distinction is often ignored in Washington policy discussions.

These views, too, have changed little over the past four years since the last congressional debate over immigration reform.

It’s also important to note that voters consistently blame the federal government, not immigrants, for the problem.

By a two-to-one margin, voters believe the policies of the federal government encourage people to enter the United States illegally.

As the country wrestles with a future of historic-level deficits, 67% say that illegal immigrants are a significant strain on the U.S. budget.


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: aliens; arizona; immigration; immigrationpoll; invasion; obama; sb1070; standwitharizona; suit

1 posted on 07/08/2010 1:26:41 PM PDT by highlander_UW
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To: highlander_UW

Man, Mr. Skittles is going to step on Arizona’s neck. He wants to “kick some ass”. Stand back America, when Mr. Skittles gets mad, things happen.


2 posted on 07/08/2010 1:30:44 PM PDT by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: highlander_UW
Obamalama has pulled the mask off the ol’ lone ranger and spit into the wind. Probably tipped over a salt shaker, walked under a ladder and broke a mirror, too.
3 posted on 07/08/2010 1:32:51 PM PDT by JPG (Mr. Gore, or is it Mr. Stone or Mr. Woody? Whatever, you're under arrest.)
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To: highlander_UW

Bet the real numbers are actually higher than that.


4 posted on 07/08/2010 1:33:00 PM PDT by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: highlander_UW
News Flash, the average Joe is smarter than your average Washington politician.
5 posted on 07/08/2010 1:33:44 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: highlander_UW
56% Oppose I call BS.
6 posted on 07/08/2010 1:38:34 PM PDT by muddler (Obama is either incompetent or malicious, and it makes little difference which.)
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To: highlander_UW

I wonder how many realize that their state may ALREADY have similar laws?

I bet you’d have NO PROBLEM finding folks in Rhode Island and California to say they think the AZ law is racist and they DO NOT want it in their own state.


7 posted on 07/08/2010 1:39:52 PM PDT by CrappieLuck
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To: highlander_UW

On the other hand, the nation’s Political Class thinks the legal challenge is a great idea. Seventy-three percent (73%) of Political Class voters agree with the Justice Department decision to challenge the Arizona law,


Or, worded differently, 73% of the political class is in power due to liberal expansion of government and figures pandering to get 20 million more voters is the best way for them to retain power.


8 posted on 07/08/2010 1:41:26 PM PDT by Personal Responsibility (I can see November from my house!)
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To: Hoffer Rand

You beat me to it.


9 posted on 07/08/2010 1:56:23 PM PDT by library user
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To: JPG

he’s probably got supermans’ cape in his closet too.


10 posted on 07/08/2010 2:03:39 PM PDT by BenKenobi (I want to hear more about Sam! Samwise the stouthearted!)
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To: org.whodat
News Flash, the average Joe is smarter than your average Washington politician.

The Washington politician's retort to that is...but you voted me into office, so that can't be true.

11 posted on 07/08/2010 2:32:24 PM PDT by highlander_UW (The left proclaimed Obama as a Lightworker, but his work habit proclaims him to be a light worker)
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To: highlander_UW
"The Justice Department suit challenges Arizona’s law on the grounds that it tries to usurp legal responsibilities reserved to the federal government."

So when will the DoJ sue sanctuary cities?

... /sound-of-crickets

12 posted on 07/08/2010 2:34:16 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Personal Responsibility
Or, worded differently, 73% of the political class is in power due to liberal expansion of government and figures pandering to get 20 million more voters is the best way for them to retain power.

That's it in a nutshell. It's all a play for votes and power. Progressives have no interest whatsoever in rights or freedom...in fact, they are constantly seeking to limit the rights and freedoms of Americans and are doing so on a multitude of fronts.

And it's not about race...progressives are the biggest racists in the nation. Just yesterday Michelle Malkin posted some of the racist hate-mail she receives from progressives...although, to be honest, many of them seemed motivated by misogynism as well as racism.

13 posted on 07/08/2010 2:37:07 PM PDT by highlander_UW (The left proclaimed Obama as a Lightworker, but his work habit proclaims him to be a light worker)
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To: Southack
So when will the DoJ sue sanctuary cities? ... /sound-of-crickets

I was asking that question just a day or two ago to another post. In fact, it'd be an interesting line of defense in AZ to point out the dishonesty of Obama's Injustice Department.

14 posted on 07/08/2010 2:39:03 PM PDT by highlander_UW (The left proclaimed Obama as a Lightworker, but his work habit proclaims him to be a light worker)
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To: highlander_UW

“56% Oppose Justice Department Challenge of Arizona Law; 61% Favor Similar Law In Their State”

Which means 5% of the respondents are bat guano crazy.


15 posted on 07/08/2010 2:42:31 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: Fantasywriter
Which means 5% of the respondents are bat guano crazy.

Only 5%? That figure seems low...there must be at least 15% crazy, and most of them are hard core progressives and vote for anything with a (D) next to it, even if the question was...

Is it ok to kill your kids (D): they'd vote yes.

16 posted on 07/08/2010 2:54:34 PM PDT by highlander_UW (The left proclaimed Obama as a Lightworker, but his work habit proclaims him to be a light worker)
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To: highlander_UW

The survey makes it sound like 5% of the respondents want their own state to adopt the same law as Arizona, yet don’t support Arizona’s law. That’s cognitive dissonance at its finest.


17 posted on 07/08/2010 3:00:09 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: highlander_UW

A friend sent me the following message:

O.K. Everyone!! Here is your chance to, at least silently, vent. Hope you take the opportunity.

MSNBC has been viciously critical of conservative Americans and conservative causes. They have an online poll asking if Arizona ‘s immigration law should be on the books. I think MSNBC will be shocked at America ‘s response...

If you don’t do anything else today, please answer this MSNBC Poll question and forward it on to as many people as you can. The silent majority must not be silent on this one.

Answer This ONE Question! - Then Pass It Along!

http://world-news.newsvine.com/_question/2010/05/12/4274124-do-you-support-arizonas-tough-new-law-on-illegal-immigration

I just voted and the results right now are:

95.9%
Yes
2,546,712 votes
4.1%
No
109,263 votes


18 posted on 07/08/2010 3:30:52 PM PDT by rwa265 (Christ my Cornerstone)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; blueyon; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...
Thanks highlander_UW.
Among voters who rate immigration as Very Important to how they will vote for Congress this November, 82% say gaining control of the border is more important.

19 posted on 07/08/2010 4:00:04 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: Personal Responsibility

“Or, worded differently, 73% of the political class is in power due to liberal expansion of government and figures pandering to get 20 million more voters is the best way for them to retain power.”

What that is telling me is Shakespear may have been onto something with killing all the lawyers. Our problem is the political class. I would love to see Americans start forming posses and rounding these Commies up.

I would love to see MSNBC reporting that Olberidiot was taken by a mob and put into the stocks.


20 posted on 07/08/2010 4:03:58 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Conservatives are producers. Liberals are parasites)
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To: highlander_UW

“Among all voters nationwide, just 28% oppose passage of an immigration law like Arizona’s in their state.

Republicans and voters not affiliated with either major party strongly favor passage of a law like Arizona’s in their state and disagree with the Justice Department challenge. “

Wake up silly GOP! I think this party likes losing!

Whitman’s (McCain in a skirt!) new billboards in Spanish: I’m against Prop 187, AZ law
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 7, 2010 | Joe Garofoti

Posted on Thursday, July 08, 2010

A reader just sent us evidence of GOP guv candidate Meg Whitman’s latest outreach to Latino voters: A Spanish-language billboard saying she (would have) opposed Proposition 187 and opposes the controversial Arizona immigration law.

The billboard, spotted on Highway 99 about 2 miles north of Earlimart in Tulare County, says:

“NO a la Proposicion 187 y NO a la Ley de Arizona — Meg Whitman.”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2549347/posts


21 posted on 07/08/2010 5:42:06 PM PDT by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: AuntB
I saw that news about Whitman. I wonder if she's taking a page out of the liberal's playbook and is just saying whatever she thinks she needs to in order to get elected.

Just a couple of days ago Bill Clinton indicated that even holding a leadership position in the KKK is fine as long as it was done for the purpose of getting elected.

22 posted on 07/08/2010 5:49:16 PM PDT by highlander_UW (Education is too important to abdicate control of it to the government)
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To: highlander_UW

This is so obvious among people I know. Legal immigrants are the most fired up about this issue. More than people born in the US naturally.


23 posted on 07/08/2010 9:57:40 PM PDT by BobS
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To: org.whodat

My thoughts exactly.

And I agree with the previous poster who said the numbers are probably a lot higher than that.


24 posted on 07/09/2010 6:38:45 AM PDT by proud American in Canada (my former tagline "We can, and we will prevail" doesn't fit with the usurper's goals.)
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To: highlander_UW
BTTT

SB 1070 defense fund swells [> 1/2 of donations since US challenge to immigration law]

25 posted on 07/10/2010 9:34:20 PM PDT by EdReform (Oath Keepers - Guardians of the Republic - Honor your oath - Join us: www.oathkeepers.org)
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