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70% of Arizona voters like tough immigration law

But more than half are worried it could lead to civil rights violations

A new survey finds that 70 percent of likely voters in Arizona approve of a tougher immigration law awaiting Gov. Jan Brewer's signature while 23 percent oppose it.

Rasmussen Reports also found that 53 percent of voters in the state think the law will end up violating the civil rights of some U.S. citizens. But 46 percent don’t share that concern. Opponents of the measure, including major national Hispanic groups, say the new law will lead to racial profiling.

On Tuesday, U.S. Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) said businesses and organizations should boycott his home state if Brewer signs the bill, which could happen this week.

State Attorney General Terry Goddard, a Democrat running against Brewer, has publicly come out against the measure. Brewer leads Goddard 44 percent to 40 percent.

The new immigration poll results are in line with a survey last week that showed 83 percent of likely voters say that immigration will play an important role in how they vote this year. U.S. Sen John McCain is facing a tough primary challenge from former Congressman J.D. Hayworth. The latest numbers have McCain up 47 percent to 42 percent.

A large majority of Arizona Republicans – 84 percent – and 69 percent of voters not affiliated with either major party favor the legislation. Democrats are more closely divided: 51 percent like the new law, but 43 percent oppose it.

Sixty percent of Democrats and 57 percent of unaffiliateds are worried that civil rights violations could occur, but 54 percent of Republicans are not very or not at all concerned about this.

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Apr 21, 2010, 8:28 pm
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Hmmm 85% of thinking people know Rasmussen, the poll most often cited on Fox News, is unreliable and biased.

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