Nearly six in 10 Americans support Arizona's new law aimed at cracking down on illegal immigrants, according to a Pew Research Center poll
conducted May 6-9.
Eighty-two percent of Republicans support the law as do 64 percent of independents. By contrast, 45 percent of Democrats approve of it.
Asked about specific elements of the law, 73 percent support requiring people to produce documents verifying their legal status, 67 percent say police should be able to detain anyone unable to verify their legal status and 62 percent say police should be allowed to question anyone they think may be in the country illegally.
The broadest support is for the requirement that people produce documents verifying their legal status. Eighty-six percent of Republicans, 65 percent of Democrats and 73 percent of independents back that provision. But Democratic backing for allowing police to question people who they have reason to believe are here illegally and then detain them is much lower than that of Republicans and independents.
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