State Capitol News
Fri July 23, 2010
New Poll Shows State Residents Divided Over What SB1070 Will Mean
By Howard Fischer
Phoenix, AZ – Not unexpectedly, the Rasmussen Reports survey found 65 percent
of Arizonans still support SB 1070, with just 27 percent opposed.
But 46 percent of those questioned said they believe the new law
has hurt Arizona's image. Another 40 percent say it's been good
for how others see the state, with 5 percent saying it's had no
impact. Separately, 43 percent of the 1,200 likely voters
surveyed said they believe the legislation will have a positive
effect on the state's economy, with 9 percent saying it won't
matter and 37 percent saying there will be negative fallout. The
poll comes a day after a federal judge suggested there might be
legal problems with several provisions of the law. But Gov. Jan
Brewer, who attended Thursday's hearing and heard the judge's
questions, said today she is not convinced that it might have
been better to have left some of them out.
(Well, no. Not necessarily. I think we're going to wait and see
what comes out of the judiciary and then move forward.)
Brewer's outspoken support for the legislation hasn't hurt her
image. The survey shows her maintaining her strong lead over
Democrat Terry Goddard. She now has a 19-point edge; two months
ago Rasmussen had her up by 14 points. But in March, before
Brewer signed SB 1070 into law, Goddard was ahead by 9 points.
For Arizona Public Radio this is Howard Fischer.