Raleigh, N.C. – Fifty-seven percent of North Carolina’s unaffiliated voters support Arizona’s new law regarding illegal immigration, according to a new National Research Inc. poll released today by the Civitas Institute.
According to the live caller poll of 400 unaffiliated likely voters, 57 percent said they support Arizona’s new illegal immigration law which requires that law enforcement officers check an individual’s immigration status when enforcing other laws. Thirty-three percent of voters said they oppose it, and 10 percent said they do not know or have no opinion.
“Voters understand that the federal government has failed to control illegal immigration and support a state stepping up and dealing with the matter in a lawful manner,” said Civitas Institute President Francis De Luca.
Native North Carolina residents are in greater support of the law by a 68 percent-19 percent margin. An average 56 percent of unaffiliated voters who have moved to North Carolina from other areas of the country are in support of the legislation.
“Regardless of where North Carolina voters are from originally, there is clear support for enforcing existing illegal immigration laws,” added De Luca. “Will North Carolina lawmakers listen?”
A July 2010 Civitas Institute poll found that 52 percent of the state’s unaffiliated voters believe Attorney General Roy Cooper should join with nine other state attorneys general to support Arizona’s enforcement of new immigration laws. Conversely, 29 percent of voters said they do not think Cooper should join this lawsuit, and 19 percent said they are not sure.
The Civitas Poll is the only monthly live-caller poll of critical issues facing North Carolina. For more information on Civitas polling see www.nccivitas.org/media/poll-results/.
Full text of question:
“Do you support or oppose that new law in Arizona regarding illegal immigration?”
Total Support – 57%
Total Oppose – 33%
Strongly Support – 45%
Somewhat Support – 12%
Somewhat Oppose – 11%
Strongly Oppose – 22%
Don’t Know/No Opinion – 10%
Click here for full results and crosstabs.
This poll of 400 unaffiliated likely general election voters in North Carolina was conducted August 16-18 by National Research, Inc. of Holmdel, NJ. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of registered voters in North Carolina. For purposes of this study, voters interviewed had to have voted in two of the past four general elections or were newly registered to vote since 2008. An additional screening question was asked to filter only those voters having some likelihood to vote in the upcoming 2010 election.
The confidence interval associated with a sample of this size is such that: 95 percent of the time, results from 400 interviews (registered unaffiliated voters) will be within +/- 4.9% of the “True Values.” True Values refer to the results obtained if it were possible to interview every person in North Carolina who had voted in two of the past four general elections or were newly registered to vote since 2008.