Californians divided on new Arizona law
May 30, 2010
The recent crackdown on illegal immigration in Arizona finds Californians closely divided, with deep splits along age and ethnicity, according to a new Los Angeles Times/USC poll. [Los Angeles Times]
Overall, 50 percent of those surveyed indicated support for the Arizona law, while 43 percent oppose it. The level of support is lower than in other parts of the nation.
The new law, expected to take effect July 1, allows police to check the immigration status of anyone they feel is in the country illegally.
Support for the Arizona law can be found in those over 50 and white. Latinos and those under 30 remain opposed.
The illegal immigration issue has sprung to the forefront of many of the June 8 election races, including heated sparring locally between Republicans Etta Waterfield and Matt Kokkonen, both vying to be the nominee for state Assembly. However, the new survey suggests that voters are unlikely to vote for or against a specific candidate just on the issue of immigration.
Voters also expressed their clear opposition to any new oil drilling off the California coast, by a margin of 48 to 41 percent, a marked reversal from recent years when support for drilling had grown dramatically. Analysts tie this recent shift to concern over the British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.