Poll: Majority Back Arizona Law

Monday, 03 May 2010 09:11 PM

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Even while many expect it will overburden police departments and disproportionately affect certain ethnic groups, a slim majority of Americans are supporting the illegal immigration measure recently signed into law in Arizona, according to a newly-released CBS News/New York Times poll.

Fifty-one percent of those surveyed say the law, which critics say essentially mandates racial profiling, is “about right.” They think it takes the right approach, and nine percent say it should go even further.

Thirty-six percent say the law goes too far.

Two in three Republicans say the law takes the right approach, along with roughly half of independents. Among Democrats, support for the law stands at 38 percent. Americans living in the South and Midwest are more likely than those in the East or West to support the measure.

One in two Americans say it is "very likely" that the law "will lead to police officers detaining people of certain racial or ethnic groups more frequently than other racial or ethnic groups." Another 32 percent say that prospect is "somewhat likely." Just 15 percent do not expect some racial or ethnic groups to be affected more than others.

Read the full story at CBS News.

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