Despite their expectation that it will burden police departments and disproportionately affect certain ethnic groups, a slim majority of Americans believe the controversial illegal immigration measure recently signed into law in Arizona is "about right" in its approach, 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, takes the right approach, and nine percent say it should go even further.
Thirty-six percent say the law goes too far.
We found that 79% of voters have heard about the new Arizona immigration law. Time and budget did not allow us to test all the provisions or implications of this new law, but we believe our wording captures its essence a bit better than other recent polls. favor-oppose AZ immigration comparison Voters express strong support for this new law. Whether or not this question serves as a proxy to capture anger over the lack of action on illegal immigration or as an accurate reflection of the strong actions voters support, we can’t be certain.