Thursday, May 13, 2010
Sixty-one percent of Americans said they favored the law in a new survey. And 69 percent of Americans said they wouldn't mind if police officers stopped them to ask for proof of their citizenship or legal rights to be in the country.
More than 8 in 10 Republicans and 54 percent of independents favor the law.
Many Democrats also supported the bill. Forty-six percent of Democrats said they favored the law for Arizona and 49 percent said they'd favor the law's passage in their own states. (Democrats are typically seen as more sympathetic to illegal immigrants.)
The McClatchy-Ipsos poll reflected similar findings to a recent Pew survey that found 73 percent of Americans approve of requiring people to verify their legal status and two-thirds support police detaining people who can't. Pew's survey of 994 adults also was conducted May 6-9.
Here is the report from my colleagues at McClatchy Newspaper on the polls.