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Immigration SB1070

Poll: 60% of U.S. voters like new Az immigration law

More than half worried about civil rights violations


A new poll finds that 60 percent of voters nationwide support Arizona's tough new immigration law.

Brewer said the state could no longer tolerate "the crisis the federal government has refused to fix.'' The law is set to take effect in 90 days.

Gov. Jan Brewer signed SB1070 into law Friday, requiring police to verify immigration status of anyone they suspect of being an illegal immigrant. Rasmussen Reports found that 77 percent of Republicans and 62 percent of unaffiliated voters approve of the new law. Democrats are evenly divided.

At the same time, however, 58 percent of all voters are at least somewhat concerned that “efforts to identify and deport illegal immigrants will also end up violating the civil rights of some U.S. citizens.”

Brewer will be in Tucson on Monday at the Doubletree Hotel, 445 S. Alvernon Way. She is in a tough Republican primary run for governor, facing businessman and political novice Buz Mills, former Arizona Republican Party Chairman John Munger and State Treasurer Dean Martin.

The measure also is affecting the Arizona Senate race. Sen. John McCain, who narrowly leads conservative challenger J.D. Hayworth in the Republican primary, has come out strongly in support of the new law. Democratic challenger Rodney Glassman is against the new law.

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Students opposed to SB 1070 demonstrated Friday in front of the Arizona state office building downtown.

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Poll methodology

This national telephone survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted April 22-23 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence. See complete methodology.