Sixty percent (60%) of voters nationwide favor a law like the one passed in Arizona, though nearly as many are at least somewhat concerned that the civil rights of some U.S. citizens may be violated.
But our polling also makes clear that voters are angry about the government’s failure to stop illegal immigration and are not angry at the immigrants themselves. In fact, 58% of voters favor a policy that would welcome all immigrants except “national security threats, criminals and those who would come here to live off our welfare system.” Just 26% disagree with such an approach.
Sixty-four percent (64%) of Arizona voters support the new law, and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s decision to sign the measure has given her job approval ratings a sizable bounce. Continuing criticism of the law and rallies nationally to protest it will test that support and Brewer’s bid for reelection. Rasmussen Reports will release new numbers about voter attitudes toward the Arizona law on Tuesday.
Forty-nine percent (49%) of voters now believe relations between whites and Hispanics in America are getting worse, up 15 points from December. But voter perceptions of black-Hispanic relations are unchanged.
While civil rights concerns raised by Arizona’s recently passed immigration law are a hot topic in the news, 71% continue to believe American society is generally fair and decent, although many voters don’t believe the president shares that view.
Support for repeal of the president’s national health care plan remains strong more than a month after its passage into law as most voters believe it will increase the cost of care, hurt quality and push the federal budget deficit even higher.
Read much more at What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls – Rasmussen Reports™.