The Obama administration has reportedly decided to challenge Arizonaâ€™s new immigration law in federal court, but a recent Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 56% of U.S. voters oppose such a challenge.
Just 26% believe the Justice Department should challenge the legality of Arizonaâ€™s law in court. Eighteen percent (18%) are undecided in the survey conducted May 26 and 27.
Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters, in fact, favor passage of a law like Arizonaâ€™s in their own state.
When asked specifically about the chief provision of the Arizona law, support is even higher. Sixty-nine percent (69%) of voters believe a police officer should be required to check the immigration status of anyone stopped for a traffic violation or violation of some other law if he suspects the person might be an illegal immigrant.
Arizona voters support the state’s new immigration lawÂ more than ever, with 71% in favor of it.
Supporters of the law say itâ€™s necessary because the federal government is not enforcing immigration policy and illegal immigrants are an increasing budget and public safety burden on the state.
President Obama, the president of Mexico and others including several major Hispanic organizations have complained that the law may lead to racial profiling.
Sixty-four percent (64%) of voters believe the federal government by failing to enforce immigration law is more to blame for the current controversy over Arizonaâ€™s new statute than state officials are for passing it. Only 27% blame Arizona officials more for passing the law.
Seventy-nine percent (79%) of Republicans and 59% of voters not affiliated with either major political party oppose the Justice Department challenge. Among Democrats, 44% favor the challenge, but 34% are opposed.
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