July 29, 2010 - New York State Voters Split On Arizona Immigration Law, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Enforcement, Not Integration, Is Key, Voters Say

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New York State voters are divided on Arizona's new immigration law, as 41 percent approve and 43 percent disapprove of the law, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Approval is 69 - 17 percent among Republicans and 45 - 39 percent among independent voters, while Democrats disapprove 64 - 22 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe- ack) University poll finds. Men lean to approval by a narrow 47 - 44 percent, while women disapprove 43 - 36 percent.

By a broader 50 - 37 percent margin, voters do not want New York State to adopt a law like Arizona's as independent voters shift to 46 - 38 percent against such a move.

Immigration reform should focus on stricter enforcement of laws against illegal immigrants, 58 percent of New York State voters say, while 32 percent say reform should focus on integrating immigrants into society. Here there is no gender split as women back enforcement 60 - 30 percent, while men want enforcement 57 - 35 percent.

"On immigration, New Yorkers endorse enforcement over integration as the priority. But they're split on the Arizona law. Two-thirds of Republicans like it; two-thirds of Democrats don't," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"A slim majority oppose New York's adoption of a law like Arizona's.

"Women voters don't like the Arizona law, but they do support enforcement over integration 2-1."

New York State voters say 53 - 34 percent that Arizona's law will lead to discrimination against Hispanics. But boycotting Arizona because of the new immigration law is a bad idea, voters say 73 - 16 percent.

Voters also say 50 - 38 percent the Obama Administration's lawsuit to strike down the Arizona law is a bad idea. Democrats back the lawsuit 65 - 22 percent, but independent voters oppose it 58 - 29 percent, joining Republicans who oppose the lawsuit 82 - 10 percent.

President Barack Obama's job approval rating hits a new low in New York State, 53 - 41 percent, compared to 55 - 39 percent June 22. Independent voters split 48 - 45 percent, virtually unchanged from last month.

"With overwhelming 82 - 12 percent approval from Democrats, President Barack Obama's job approval stays on the positive side in this bluer-than-blue state," Carroll said.

"But voters don't think the Obama Administration's legal challenge to the Arizona law is a good idea. Again there's the political split: Overwhelmingly, Republicans think the lawsuit is a bad idea; by a lesser margin, but still heavily, Democrats like it.

"There's little support from New Yorkers for trying to punish Arizona. A boycott is a bad idea, say three-fourths of voters."

From July 20 - 26, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,165 New York State registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio and nationwide as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

12. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Approve              53%    18%    82%    48%    51%    54%
Disapprove           41     79     12     45     45     38
DK/NA                 6      3      6      7      4      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 29  Jun 22  Apr 13  Feb 3   Dec 15  Feb 19  Jul 29
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2009    2010
Approve              53      55      62      57      59      72      53
Disapprove           41      39      33      38      36      17      41
DK/NA                 6       6       5       5       5      10       6
 
 
24. Do you think immigration reform should primarily move in the direction of integrating illegal immigrants into American society or in the direction of stricter enforcement of laws against illegal immigration?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Integrating          32%    10%    50%    29%    35%    30%
Enforcement          58     84     41     61     57     60
DK/NA                 9      6     10     10      8     11
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
Integrating          20%    48%    28%
Enforcement          72     41     62
DK/NA                 8     11      9
 
TREND: Do you think immigration reform should primarily move in the direction of integrating illegal immigrants into American society or in the direction of stricter enforcement of laws against illegal immigration?
                     Jul 29  Dec 17
                     2010    2007
Integrating          32      34
Enforcement          58      55
DK/NA                 9      11
 
 
25. Based on what you've heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of Arizona's new immigration law?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Approve              41%    69%    22%    45%    47%    36%
Disapprove           43     17     64     39     44     43
DK/NA                16     14     14     16      9     21
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
Approve              44%    31%    52%
Disapprove           33     60     35
DK/NA                23      9     13
 
 
26. Would you want New York State to pass a law similar to Arizona's new immigration law or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Yes                  37%    66%    18%    38%    41%    33%
No                   50     24     69     46     51     49
DK/NA                13     10     13     15      8     18
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
Yes                  41%    25%    48%
No                   42     65     40
DK/NA                17     10     12
 
 
27. Do you think Arizona's new immigration law will or will not lead to discrimination against Hispanics?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Will lead            53%    29%    72%    47%    50%    56%
Will not             34     62     15     38     41     28
DK/NA                13      9     13     14      8     16
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
Will lead            50%    64%    43%
Will not             36     25     45
DK/NA                14     12     13
 
 
28. Some have suggested that Arizona should be boycotted because of its new immigration law. Do you think a boycott of Arizona is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Good idea            16%     6%    29%     7%    17%    14%
Bad idea             73     91     57     78     77     70
DK/NA                11      3     14     15      6     16
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
Good idea            10%    28%     6%
Bad idea             78     61     84
DK/NA                12     12     10
 
 
29. The Obama administration has filed a lawsuit to strike down Arizona's immigration law. Do you think this lawsuit is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Good idea            38%    10%    65%    29%    40%    37%
Bad idea             50     82     22     58     55     45
DK/NA                12      8     13     13      5     18
 
                     UpStat NYC    Suburbs
Good idea            27%    55%    32%
Bad idea             61     32     58
DK/NA                12     13     10