Support of the aggressive pursuit of deportation for illegal aliens has remained strong in Arizona — even after years of relentless media efforts to demonize SB 1070, the Arizona bill that was among the nation’s most strict anti-illegal immigration efforts in existence. SB 1070, or properly named the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, sparked wide criticism across the nation — criticism that often devolved into allegations of racism or racial profiling. However, a recent poll conducted by a cooperative effort between the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and the Morrison Institute for Public Policy showed that there was no significant difference between attitudes in Latino communities and white communities on the issue. According to the Morrison Institute, “Whites (53 percent) and Latinos (47 percent)” agreed with the statement: ““Arizona should aggressively pursue the deportation of undocumented immigrants.”
There was, however, a sharp contrast between political parties. “Two-thirds of Republicans (67 percent) either agree or strongly agree with the statement encouraging aggressive deportation of undocumented immigrants, compared with 35 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of Independents,” according to the Morrison Institute.
Another aspect of the study pertaining to illegal immigration surrounded the assertion: “Undocumented immigrants bolster Arizona’s workforce and we should do whatever’s necessary to make it easier for them to come to Arizona.” The Morrison Institute writes:
Sixty-one percent either disagree (41 percent) or strongly disagree (19 percent) with that statement. Republicans are much more likely to either disagree (47 percent) or strongly disagree (31 percent) than either Democrats (30 percent and 13 percent) or Independents (45 percent and 11 percent). While Whites (64 percent) are more likely than Latinos (51 percent) to disagree with the statement, the difference is not dramatic.