Raleigh, N.C. – A new poll released today by the Civitas Institute reveals that 51 percent of North Carolina voters want state Attorney General Roy Cooper to support Arizona’s enforcement of new immigration laws.
According to the live caller poll of 600 likely voters, 51 percent of voters said they believe Cooper should join with nine other state Attorneys General to support Arizona’s immigration law enforcement. Twenty-eight percent said they do not believe Cooper should join in support, and 21 percent said they are not sure.
“North Carolina voters agree with the actions of Arizona enough to want to see the North Carolina Attorney General join the effort supporting Arizona,” said Civitas Institute president Francis De Luca.
Further analysis reveals that the majority of Republicans (69 percent-14 percent) and unaffiliated voters (52 percent-29 percent) believe Cooper should join with the other states in supporting Arizona. Democratic voters were mixed in their opinion with 39 percent in opposition while 36 percent said they support Cooper lending his support for the legislation.
“Voters are offering their support for a state that is trying to clean up the federal government’s immigration enforcement mess,” added De Luca. “These results, along with last month’s strong support among North Carolina voters for the Arizona law, should be a wakeup call to North Carolina leaders on the issue of immigration.”
The Arizona bill requires that law enforcement officers check an individual’s immigration status when enforcing other laws. So far nine states – Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia – have voiced their support for the legislation in federal court briefings. The case will remain static until November, while the government will argue its federal immigration laws supplant those of the state.
A June 2010 Civitas Institute poll found that 58 percent of voters think North Carolina should enact a law similar to Arizona’s which enforces illegal immigration laws. Thirty-two percent of voters said the state should not enact such a law, and nine percent said they did not know.
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 believe Attorney General Roy Cooper should join with nine other state Attorneys General to support Arizona’s enforcement of new immigration laws?
Yes – 51%
No – 28%
Not sure – 21%
Click here for full results and crosstabs.
This poll of 600 likely general election voters in North Carolina was conducted July 19-21, 2010 by Tel Opinion Research of Alexandria, Virginia. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of registered voters in North Carolina. For purposes of this study, voters we interviewed had to have voted in either the 2004, 2006 or 2008 general elections or were newly registered voters since 2008.
The confidence interval associated with a sample of this size is such that: 95 percent of the time, results from 600 interviews (registered voters) will be within +-4% 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 either the 2004, 2006 or 2008 general elections or were newly registered voters since 2008.