While most Arizonans like the new immigration law, a new poll shows they’re not necessarily convinced it’s going to be good for the state.
The Rasmussen Reports survey found that 46 percent of those questioned in the automated telephone survey believe that SB 1070 has had a negative impact on Arizona’s image. Another 40 percent think it’s good for how the state is perceived, with just 5 percent saying it hasn’t made a difference one way or the other.
Separately, 43 percent of the 1,200 likely voters questioned said they believe the legislation will have a positive effect on the state’s economy, with 9 percent saying it won’t matter and 37 percent saying there will be negative fallout.
The survey was conducted a day before a federal judge heard arguments over whether the provisions of the law are legal and whether she should temporarily block at least several provisions from taking effect as scheduled next Thursday while the lawsuits against it make their way through the system.
One of the seven lawsuits was filed by the U.S. Department of Justice which contends key sections of the law are an illegal effort by the state to interfere with federal immigration policy.
But 60 percent of Arizonans disagree with the decisions by the Obama administration to challenge the law, with only 34 percent in support. And 65 percent of those questioned say they are in favor of the law while just 27 percent oppose it.
The questions raised Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton suggest she believes there are legal problems with several of the provisions.
She specifically grilled John Bouma, the attorney for Gov. Jan Brewer, on sections that create new state crimes, one for foreigners to be in this country without carrying federal immigration documents and the other for illegal immigrants to seek work in Arizona. Bolton also had questions about a prohibition against police releasing anyone they have arrested until they check that person’s immigration status.
But Brewer, who attended Thursday’s hearing and heard the judge’s questions, said Friday she was not convinced that it might have been better to omit some of the provisions.
``I think we’re going to wait and see what comes out of the judiciary and move forward,’’ the governor said.
``I think that there were a couple of provisions that she questioned,’’ Brewer said, specifically referring to how the legislation was worded. And she said both Bouma as well as the attorney for the Department of Justice said ``maybe it wasn’t as artfully scripted as we had wished.’’
Brewer’s outspoken support for the legislation hasn’t hurt her image.
The Rasmussen survey shows her maintaining her strong lead over Democrat Terry Goddard. She now has a 19-point edge; two months ago Rasmussen had her up by 14 points.
That is sharply different from a March survey which found Goddard ahead by 9 points. That was before Brewer signed SB 1070 and before she gained national attention for going toe-to-toe with the president over what she said has been the failure of the federal government to secure the border.
The survey has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.
How has the new immigration law affected Arizona’s image:
40% -- positively
46% -- negatively
5% -- no impact
9% -- not sure
Will the new legislation be good or bad for Arizona’s economy:
43% -- good
37% -- bad
9% -- no impact
11% -- not sure
Brewer v. Goddard
|Date||Brewer||Goddard||Someone else||Not sure|
Source: Rasmussen Reports