Since Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed carefully crafted legislation giving the state new powers to identify, prosecute and deport illegal immigrants, her state been subject to a steady stream of criticism. It seems there is no shortage of state and federal leaders, media personalities, politicians and even pro athletes willing to let the State of Arizona know what a horrible mistake its leaders are making. Governments and professional sports are even considering economic boycotts against the state to underscore their intense opposition to the new legislation.
Interesting. And is the average American caught up in all the hysteria about Arizona’s law? No, not at all. According to a new poll from the Pew Research Center, Americans have broad support for the law. The Pew Poll, conducted May 6 to May 9, found :
73 percent support requiring people to produce documents verifying legal status;
67 percent support allowing police to detain anyone unable to verify legal status;
62 percent support allowing police to question anyone who they believe may be in the country illegally.
When broken down by affiliation, 82 percent of Republicans, 45 percent of Democrats and 64 percent of Independents support Arizona’s new law. The poll also found that only 25 percent of respondents approve of the way President Obama is handling the issue of immigration.
Now who looks like they’re out of step?