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These poll numbers were released earlier today by Rasmussen Reports -- "an electronic publishing firm specializing in the collection, publication, and distribution of public opinion polling information."


Most Arizona Voters Still Support Immigration Law

Sunday, October 31, 2010
Arizona voters are still bullish about the state's new immigration law despite the U.S. Justice Department's ongoing legal challenge.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Arizona finds that 50% now think the immigration law has affected the state's image positively. That's up nine points from 41% in May.
Forty-four percent (44%) believe it's had a negative impact on Arizona's image, down slightly from the previous survey. Four percent (4%) say it's had no impact. (To see survey question wording, click here .)

In spite of the flurry of boycott threats heard in the spring just after the law was passed, 50% of Arizona voters think the legislation will be good for the state's economy, up three points from May. Thirty-seven percent (37%) say it will be bad for the economy, while six percent (6%) say it will have no impact.

Sixty-one percent (61%) of the state's voters still favor the new law, while 34% are opposed to it. That's down a bit from 64% in April just after Governor Jan Brewer signed it into law. Support for the law among Arizona voters hit a high to date of 71% in May when the state was the target of repeated criticism by President Obama, major Hispanic groups and others.

The survey of 500 Likely Voters in Arizona was conducted on October 28, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC . See methodology .

Brewer, a Republican, remains well ahead of Democratic state Attorney General Terry Goddard in Arizona's gubernatorial contest . Brewer supports the immigration law; Goddard does not.

Longtime Republican Senator John McCain tacked to the right and became an outspoken supporter of the immigration law when faced with a Republican Primary challenge from conservative ex-Congressman J.D. Hayworth. McCain appears on track to an easy reelection Tuesday. 

Fifty-five percent (55%) of Arizona voters agree with Brewer's challenge of a federal judge's decision blocking implementation of some portions of the new law. Thirty-eight percent (38%) disagree with that challenge.

In late July , just after the judge acted, voters in the state approved of Brewer's action by a 59% to 34% margin.

Eighty-five percent (85%) of Arizona Republicans and 65% of voters not affiliated with either of the major parties continue to favor the new immigration law. Sixty-four percent (64%) of Democrats oppose it.

Seventy-two percent (72%) of GOP voters and 50% of unaffiliateds say the law has been good for the state's image, but 75% of Democrats disagree and say it's been a negative.

Forty-seven percent (47%) of all voters in the state describe their personal finances as good or excellent, while just 12% view them as poor. Twenty-nine percent (29%) say those finances are getting better, but 40% believe they are getting worse.

Voters who think their finances are improving are evenly divided over whether the immigration law is good or bad for the state's economy. Sixty percent (60%) of those who think their finances are worsening see the law as having a positive impact on the economy.

Twenty-nine percent (29%) of Arizona voters say they are members of the Tea Party, much higher participation than is found nationally . Fifty-eight percent (58%) say they are not members, but 13% more are not sure.

Ninety percent (90%) of Tea Party members support the state's immigration law. Among non-members, 42% support it, but 51% are opposed.