Given the heavy-duty smear job the Democrats have employed against Arizona’s new immigration law, these are beyond impressive numbers.
The Pew Research Poll also provided some more startling news, a good deal of Democrats support it too. Notice that a majority of Democrats support each provision.
So if most Americans are supportive of Arizona’s law, including a healthy number of Democrats, what is the benefit to smearing the law? For that answer we turn to this Wall Street Journal poll that finds most Hispanics disapprove of the law.
By a two-to-one margin Hispanics are more strongly opposed than Americans overall to the recent immigration measure signed in to law in Arizona that would make it a state crime to reside there illegally.
Seven in 10, 70%, of Hispanic respondents said they are somewhat or strongly opposed to the law, compared with 34% of all respondents in the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll set for release later today.
Among Hispanics, 27% are somewhat or strongly supportive of Arizona’s law; that compares with 64% of respondents overall.
Hispanics’ opposition to the law stems from a widely held concern that it will lead to discrimination towards Hispanics who are citizens, or who are residing in the U.S. legally. Fully 82% of Hispanics said they are concerned about profiling, compared with 66% overall.
Basically what the Democrats are trying to do with Arizona's law, is to strengthen their support among Hispanics just in time for the midterms. Now will Hispanics flock to the poll in November out of fear? I have my doubt. 2012 on the other hand could be a different story. Fortunately, we have two years to make sure everyone actually reads the bill.
Via: Pew Research