Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #19331
 
Kansans Say States Should Be Able to Pass Own Immigration Laws;
Residents Agree with Some of Supreme Court Arizona Ruling, Disagree with Other Parts:

Kansas by 3:1 agrees with the portion of today's 06/25/12 Supreme Court of the United States ruling that allows Arizona police officers to continue to ask to see proof of citizenship when they stop a person, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted for KWCH-TV in Wichita.

Kansans also agree, by 5:3, with the portion of the ruling that struck down the portion of Arizona's law which made it a state requirement for illegal immigrants to register with the federal government. By a 12-point margin, Kansas adults disagree with the Court's ruling on another portion of the law, which made it a state crime for illegal immigrants to work in Arizona.

Residents are more evenly divided on the portion of the Arizona law that allowed police to arrest any person, without a warrant, if the officer believed the person had committed an offense that could lead to deportation.

 
1The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled on Arizona's immigration law, finding several parts of the state law unconstitutional because they conflict with federal law. In general, should states have the right? Or no right? To create immigration laws that preempt federal law?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalNortheasSoutheasWestern
Right To Create55%60%50%50%57%59%52%53%56%59%17%56%**70%37%48%75%46%30%50%61%57%
No Right37%36%38%38%38%35%37%38%35%33%79%25%**22%52%45%17%44%59%43%31%30%
Not Sure8%4%12%12%5%6%11%9%8%8%3%18%**8%11%8%7%10%10%8%7%13%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%29%26%27%18%55%45%81%5%8%5%42%29%26%40%39%16%50%34%16%
 
 
2Now, specifically: the Supreme Court found unconstitutional the part of Arizona's law that made it a state requirement for illegal immigrants to register with the federal government. Do you agree? Or disagree? With this part of the ruling?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalNortheasSoutheasWestern
Agree51%47%55%58%42%51%55%50%52%49%69%65%**50%65%40%44%56%62%53%57%33%
Disagree34%42%26%36%34%35%27%35%32%36%19%27%**34%23%43%43%31%27%31%35%40%
Not Sure15%11%19%6%24%14%18%15%15%15%13%8%**16%12%17%13%13%11%16%8%27%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%29%26%27%18%55%45%81%5%8%5%42%29%26%40%39%16%50%34%16%
 
 
3Next, the Supreme Court found the part of Arizona's law that made it a state crime for illegal immigrants to work in Arizona to be unconstitutional. Do you agree? Or disagree? With this part of the ruling?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalNortheasSoutheasWestern
Agree40%33%46%43%35%36%46%39%40%40%71%30%**32%56%34%28%45%58%42%39%34%
Disagree52%62%42%46%55%60%45%50%54%53%26%66%**65%38%50%65%49%37%53%53%46%
Not Sure8%5%12%11%10%4%10%10%6%8%3%4%**4%6%16%8%6%5%5%7%20%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%29%26%27%18%55%45%81%5%8%5%42%29%26%40%39%16%50%34%16%
 
 
4The Supreme Court also found unconstitutional the part of Arizona's law that allowed police to arrest any person, without a warrant, if the officer believed the person had committed an offense that could lead to deportation. Do you agree? Or disagree? With this part of the ruling?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalNortheasSoutheasWestern
Agree47%48%45%47%47%43%52%47%47%51%34%35%**42%54%48%43%46%62%47%43%54%
Disagree48%49%47%50%46%53%42%48%49%44%61%65%**52%42%48%54%49%32%48%53%40%
Not Sure5%2%7%2%7%4%7%5%5%5%5%0%**6%4%4%3%5%7%5%4%7%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%29%26%27%18%55%45%81%5%8%5%42%29%26%40%39%16%50%34%16%
 
 
5However... the Supreme Court ruled that the part of the Arizona law that allows Arizona police officers to check the immigration status of any person stopped for any reason can remain in effect. Do you agree? Or disagree? With this part of the ruling?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalNortheasSoutheasWestern
Agree72%75%68%73%71%73%69%72%72%74%62%71%**84%59%65%83%68%62%74%73%63%
Disagree24%23%24%27%22%21%23%25%22%21%37%28%**11%35%31%14%26%36%22%23%31%
Not Sure5%2%8%1%7%5%7%4%6%5%2%1%**4%7%4%3%6%1%5%4%6%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%29%26%27%18%55%45%81%5%8%5%42%29%26%40%39%16%50%34%16%
 
 
6Based on what you know so far about this ruling, do you think it benefits President Obama, benefits Mitt Romney? Benefits both? Or benefits neither?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalNortheasSoutheasWestern
Benefits Obama28%30%25%28%21%31%33%25%31%29%20%17%**32%27%23%26%29%35%27%28%28%
Benefits Romney9%12%6%8%8%12%6%8%10%8%8%18%**11%9%5%9%9%11%11%9%2%
Benefits Both17%16%17%17%18%12%20%18%15%17%13%6%**19%11%17%22%8%17%10%21%27%
Benefits Neither38%39%38%36%43%40%32%39%37%37%39%59%**30%40%48%34%45%33%44%33%30%
Not Sure9%3%14%11%9%5%9%10%7%9%19%1%**7%13%7%9%9%5%7%9%12%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%29%26%27%18%55%45%81%5%8%5%42%29%26%40%39%16%50%34%16%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.