Election 2010: Arizona governor
Immigration law gives Brewer poll bounce
SB 1070 signing gives governor 16-point boost
Gov. Jan Brewer has jumped in the polls after signing the controversial state law that requires Arizona police to check for immigration paperwork, a survey says.
Putting her name to SB 1070 gave the governor a 16-point boost. 56 percent of likely voters approve of Brewer's performance, says Rasmussen Reports. Two weeks ago, just 40 percent did.
The new figure includes 22% who Strongly Approve of the governor’s performance. That’s up from five percent (5%) before Brewer signed the law that authorizes local police to stop and verify the immigration status of anyone they suspect of being an illegal immigrant.
The bounce in the polls is also evident in new numbers on the November election. If Brewer is the Republican nominee, she would get 48% of the vote while her likely Democratic opponent, State Attorney General Terry Goddard, would attract 40%. Two weeks ago, it was Brewer 44% and Goddard 40%. Goddard is an outspoken opponent of the new law.
As with all poll bounces, it remains to be seen whether this is a temporary spike in support for the governor or if it signifies a lasting change in the race.