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Arizona Immigration Law Has Broad Support, Pew's Pollsters Say

"The public broadly supports a new Arizona law aimed at dealing with illegal immigration and the law's provisions giving police increased powers to stop and detain people who are suspected of being in the country illegally," the pollsters at the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press report this morning.

According to Pew, results of a May 6-9 national telephone survey show that:

"Fully 73% say they approve of requiring people to produce documents verifying their legal status if police ask for them. Two-thirds (67%) approve of allowing police to detain anyone who cannot verify their legal status, while 62% approve of allowing police to question people they think may be in the country illegally.

"After being asked about the law's provisions, 59% say that, considering everything, they approve of Arizona's new illegal immigration law while 32% disapprove."

Pew interviewed 994 adults and says each of the results has a margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points.

Last week, Pollster.com cautioned that there hadn't yet been enough national polling about the Arizona law to give a good sense of public opinion. And it noted that "to get a full picture of national attitudes, a survey should test supporting and opposing arguments to the bill, and see how, if at all, the arguments change voters' opinions."

There's nothing in the materials posted online today by Pew to indicate that it did dig into the "supporting and opposing arguments."

More polling, of course, is sure to come.

Yesterday, Frank noted that the new law appears to be hurting some Arizona businesses.

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