Poll: Most Americans Think Arizona Immigration Law Is “About Right”

Lucy Madison, CBS News, June 7, 2012

As the Supreme Court weighs a decision on Arizona’s controversial immigration law this summer, a new CBS News/New York Times poll shows that more than half of Americans see the law as “about right.”


According to the survey, conducted from May 31-June 3 among 976 adults nationwide, 52 percent of Americans believe Arizona’s immigration policy is about right, while 33 percent say it goes too far. Eleven percent say the law does not go far enough.

The U.S. Department of Justice is challenging the law on the grounds that it conflicts with what it contends is the federal government’s exclusive right to set immigration laws for the country.

Most Americans seem to disagree. Sixty-two percent of respondents—and majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and independents—say both the federal government and state governments should be able to determine laws regarding undocumented immigrants. Twenty-five percent (30 percent of Democrats and 16 percent of Republicans) think such laws should be determined exclusively by the federal government, and 11 percent (4 percent of Democrats and 15 percent of Republicans) think they should be determined by state governments only.


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  • WmarkW

    The Founding Fathers who wrote the Constitution, didn’t envision a federal government that wasn’t interested in enforcing its own laws, and so didn’t write anything specific about the rights of states to do so.  Illegal immigrants costs the federal government almost nothing (they might even make it a small profit), but are an economic disaster to state who have to provide education and health services.  

    “The power to tax is the power to destroy” is concept introduced early in the history of federalism.   Compelling spending without the ability to tax, is same result with the accounting stated backwards.

  • I vote in the 11% that say not far enough.  The problem is that the law had to be written to split the difference between effectiveness in solving the problem and its prospects to survive what everyone knew would be a Federal court challenge.

  • And those who DISAGREE?
    …Amnestied mexes – looking to import more MUSCLE.

    Deport ALL mexicans.

  • NM156

    The US is close to 33% Third World immigrant now, so that percentage explains the low number who thought AZ1070 was either about right or not enough. At the exponential rate of our displacement, reflected in the early, unexpected statistic that minority children now make up half of US births, those saying that laws such as these go too far will be increasing much more rapidly than expected as well. America will be a fractured, angry freak show long before 2050, 2040, or 2030. Personally, I hope some quasi-cataclysm such as Peak Oil or a prolonged, deep recession will save us. These scenarios are the only likely means of cutting off both market demand for cheap labor and the lure of massive govt. support for immigrants.

  • JohnEngelman

    Immigration restriction is an idea whose time has come. 

  • This in fact is the essence of the problem. Illegal invaders and their enablers do not have to do anything but stall for more time. Each anchor baby they pump out becomes an “American” citizen, entitled to all the privileges herein. They are gaining a foothold via anchor births and nothing is being done to address this issue. After much longer, if the 14th Amendment is not repealed and illegal invaders rounded up and deported, it will be too late.

    • Major

      Tell me friend…..how do we “round up” 11 million POS? Do we start at the Trailways stations or the borders?

      • I am all in favor of rounding up illegal invaders anywhere you may find them. I really do not care where you start.  I suppose the parking lot of Home Depot would be as good of place as any to start.

        The reality is we would not have to round up anyone up if we simply enforced our laws against illegal invaders and cut off the welfare to these leeches. Moreover, harsh prison sentences for the traitors which hire these criminals should be mandatory.

          Nevertheless, the truth is this government is never going to round up anyone, especially those of a diverse and illegal nature. I know this and it pains me to have to face this grim reality.

  • Steve33

     I think of what it would be like in my area if all the illegal aliens and their children weren’t here. It would be a much more serene place. No traffic congestion, no overcrowded schools, white neighborhoods being overrun only by blacks. Man, what a peaceful place it would be.

  • Major

    I’m praying that Jan Brewer will take this state out of the “union” and secede.

    Who could blame them? Over run by taco insane illegals and criminals?

    We need… or Brewer needs… a couple battalions of my beloved Marines, hard core, battle hardened to stand that wall along the border of that insane asylum called mexico.

    Bravo Zulu Brewer…BZ.

  • Major

    What totally flabbergasts me is….don’t Jews know that blacks hate them more or maybe the same as AH did?

    So why…do the Jews think they need to save the all the Schwartzes? 

    • blight14

      The answer is very easy-‘never again’ is their mantra, they decided long ago to work very hard at diluting the host nation with every third world vermin they could….The goal is to destroy the hosts(ie:white) solidarity…..

    • The__Bobster

      Even worse, they intentionally import muzzies to use as camouflage. How crazy is that?