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Hispanics Oppose AZ Immigration Law, 70% To 27%

More than twice as many Hispanics oppose Arizona's new anti-illegal immigration law as favor it, according to a new WSJ/NBC News poll.

Not a surprising finding but it's still good to get some data that supports the anecdotal evidence.

The message sent by this poll is arguably that politicians who come out in favor of the Arizona law risk losing a lot of votes in an increasingly significant voting bloc.

Of course, because most respondents to national polls on the issue support the legislation, politicians risk losing perhaps even more votes if they don't back the new law.

The controversial legislation authorizes police in the state to ask people they stop ostensibly for violating the law for proof of legal residency. reports:

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.