California Voters More Tolerant of Illegal Immigrants, Poll Finds

Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times, October 28, 2012


In the nearly two decades since Californians voted to bar undocumented immigrants from utilizing public schools and hospitals, the state’s electorate has become increasingly tolerant toward people who are in the country illegally, although it remains tough on border security and enforcement, a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll shows.

The shift is partly explained by the growing clout of Latinos, who now make up 20% of California voters. But the attitudes of whites also appear to have changed.

If placed on the ballot today, a measure similar to Proposition 187 would be supported by 46% of voters, according to the poll, with 44% against—a statistical tie, given the 2.9% margin of error. In 1994, by contrast, the proposition passed with 59% of the vote.

The primary provisions of the measure did not survive legal challenges, and were never enacted.

In another sign of the electorate’s evolving attitudes, Californians overwhelmingly are in favor of President Obama’s new program granting work permits and a two-year reprieve from deportation to some young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Respondents also favor granting driver’s licenses to the same group.

But voters’ generosity toward the undocumented apparently has limits: The poll found that most Californians want increased border enforcement and think that local police and sheriffs should have a role in apprehending suspected illegal immigrants.


Schnur called the electorate’s move away from Proposition 187 “a profound change”—with the opinions of whites and Latinos converging over the last two decades.

A Times exit poll the day of the 1994 election found that 63% of whites voted for the proposition. White respondents in the latest poll remain in favor, but by a narrower 51%-41% margin.

Only 23% of Latino voters favored Proposition 187 in 1994, when about 8% of voters were Latino. Today, 33% favor such a proposal at a time when Latinos make up 20% of the electorate.

Increased contact with immigrants may have softened opinions among white voters, while the second- and third-generation offspring of Latino immigrants may adopt harder stances against newcomers, pollsters and immigration experts said.


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  • Puggg

    One reason why California’s voters are more “tolerant” is that so many “intolerant” whites have moved out.

    • Yeah, you said it Pugg. The only Whites left in California have something wrong with them, are demented, handicapped (to get their checks,) or they are too old to escape. Of course, if you take a poll of 1000 mexicans and ask them what they think about illegal immigration, they’re going to be keen on it. If they were letting White Germans flood into our country illegally, I’d be perfectly fine with that. I’d hand them sandwiches as they crossed the border.

      • The__Bobster

        A lot of the whites that are left are older state workers that are waiting for retirement so they can move out.

    • I agree with you. We left California over 20 years ago because we were seeing the beginnings of these problems back then. We have gone back to visit but will never go there to live. It is too expensive. 

  • Triarius

    California voters are more tolerant to illegal immigrants because so many voters in California are illegal immigrants.

    That’s like asking me if I like me. Of course I do!

    • IstvanIN

       But a lot of white don’t like whites.

  • Of course this from the La Raza Times, who has yet to meet an illegal invader they didn’t fall in love with.

    “The shift is partly explained by the growing clout of Latinos, who now make up 20% of California voters. But the attitudes of whites also appear to have changed”

    How many of that 20% is either illegal or the byproduct of illegal invaders. My guess is all of it!

  • Big surprise, a state filled with Mexican illegals has no problem with Mexican illegals.  Gosh I think a tax payer funded study complete with a requisite diverse board of directors is needed to ascertain why.

  • For the record, the only reason I still live in So CAL is because I love surfing and the ocean and snowboarding.  If I can’t surf and snowboard, I really have no reason to live.  I would be absolutely miserable in the midwest or the Great White North.  I will stay and fight in So Cal because this is my heaven, this is my dream.   Mexicans/blacks HATE surfing/swimming and HATE the snow.

    • But they love the welfare state.

  • This story is a complete joke. California is a different planet, in a different galaxy and in another dimension. It’s a liberal LaLa land or as I like to refer to it as “The world’s largest outdoor insane asylum”. The laws of physics don’t even apply here and for all you Superman fans, it more closely resembles the  Bizzaro World.

    I would gladly be joining the white exodus if not for family obligations. I feel like a Jew in 1938 Nazi Germany, and I see the coming storm. With so many anchor babies on the voting rolls it won’t be long before there’s a measure on the ballot taxing anyone who can’t speak spanish. If you work, own a home, or make more than $50k a year you’ll soon be asked to give a little more so that everyone can have a fair shot. (A fair shot at your money that is.)

    The older white folks who lived here after WW2 literally get tears in their eyes talking about how it use to be. I’ve seen school year books where classes were 95% white with maybe one black, one hispanic and two asians in the entire class.

    Now with the reconquista in full swing it’s only a matter of time before all intelligent, non-liberal, whites are all gone.  I hope to join them as soon as I can.

  • IKantunderstand

    Actually, attitudes by Whites didn’t change. They wasted their time the first time around voting for a proposition that wasn’t implemented. How stupid do you think they are?  What would be the point? Besides, how many Whites are left  there anyway? Oh, wait, the rich Hollywood gated community types, and the rich San Francisco types, and the rich silicon valley types. What do they care? Cheap gardeners, cheap nannies, cheap housekeepers, and  fabulous tax shelters. Enjoy it while you can,  blanco amigo, because it will soon be piper paying time.

  • bluffcreek1967

    I still live in California, mostly because I’m too established in my career at this point to make any dramatic changes. But I’m caught in between two emotions: I love this State and its beauty. I grew up here. But it’s overpopulated with Mexican illegal aliens. It’s also very expensive to live here and we are taxed enormously high. In my heart, I have given up on this State.

    But I too remember those better and simpler times in California. It wasn’t overcrowded; the majority population was White; one didn’t see graffiti and filth everywhere and Mexicans were not as common as they are today. Most business signs were written in English, and a good majority of our cities reflected the influence of White culture – namely, clean streets, safe neighborhoods, safe schools, careful organization and efficient planning in both business and public life, a common decency prevailed among folks. People even dressed more appropriately as opposed to the slovenly, frumpy attire of far too many Californians. Granted, things were not perfect, but it was a much better world back then.

    But as soon as our State got hijacked by social-marxist liberals and lawyers in the late 60s, everything changed (albeit gradually). Before long, Mexicans were everywhere, gang murders escalated, crime went through the roof, Whites started to flee the State, everyone started to think it was cool to be as coarse and crude in public as possible, and Whites began to emulate the fashion and mannerisms of Blacks. A thug culture and anti-White mentality took over and I don’t believe we will ever recover from it.

  • JackKrak

    1994 – Latinos were 8% of the electorate
    2012 – Latinos are 20% of the electorate

    Two and half time what it was 18 years ago…..

    I predict Mexican governor within 15 years and no white governor ever after that.

    • The__Bobster

      It’ll take less than 15 years.

  • ageofknowledge

    Not this one. Report and deport. NumbersUSA.

  • ageofknowledge

    Ironically, they are facing serious financial trouble.