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Polls: Majority favor Arizona law

May 13, 2010 at 2:16 PM

PHOENIX, May 13 (UPI) -- A majority of U.S. adults surveyed support an Arizona immigration law that permits police to ask about immigration status, two polls indicate.

A third poll commissioned by the National Council of La Raza, a non-partisan group that advocates for improving opportunities for Hispanics, suggests Arizona Latino voters overwhelmingly oppose the new law and worry Latinos who are in the state legally will be targeted by police, The Arizona Republic reported Thursday.

In a poll conducted by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center, 62 percent of those surveyed nationally supported letting police question anyone they think may be in the United States Illegally and 59 percent said they approved of the Arizona law that takes effect July 29. Most of the Republicans surveyed by Pew said they approved of the law, while 45 percent of Democrats said they approved of the law.

A poll released Wednesday by the market-research firm Ipsos indicated 61 percent of those surveyed favored the Arizona law, with 46 percent of Democrats favoring it.

The La Raza poll questioned 402 Latino registered voters in Arizona via phone from April 30 to May 5 and had a margin of error of 4.9 percentage points.

The Pew poll surveyed 994 adults nationwide by phone from May 6-9 and had a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

The Ipsos poll surveyed 1,016 adults nationwide from May 6-9 and had a margin of error of 3.07 percentage points.

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