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Poll: Immigration Reform Supported in AZ

PHOTO: A new poll shows 65-percent of Arizonans of all political stripes support immigration reform drafted by the so-called 'Gang of Eight' in the U.S. Senate. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith
PHOTO: A new poll shows 65-percent of Arizonans of all political stripes support immigration reform drafted by the so-called 'Gang of Eight' in the U.S. Senate. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith
June 17, 2013

PHOENIX - Sixty-five percent of Arizonans polled said they support the immigration reform package drafted by the so-called "Gang of Eight" in the U.S. Senate, which includes Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake. The bill contains border security measures, and sets a long list of requirements over more than a decade for immigrants now living in the country without documents to become citizens.

While the issue is often perceived as partisan, according to Brock McCleary, president of conservative-leaning Harper Polling, Republican support is strong.

"Republicans - conservative, moderate, whatever they may be - have found that impeding progress on reform, standing in the way of getting this problem solved, has really exacerbated it," the pollster said.

Sixty-four percent of Arizonans polled said they'd be more likely to vote for an elected official who supports the Senate legislation. The bill passed its first procedural hurdle in the Senate last week.

Arizona isn't the only traditionally red state showing support for reform. Charles Spies with Republicans for Immigration Reform, a political action committee, said the poll results tell the same story in other regions.

"This shows that Republican voters across 29 states overwhelmingly support the bipartisan approach of the 'Gang of Eight' bill, and also believe that it's time to get it done," Spies said.

Tom Jensen, director of left-leaning Public Policy Polling, which co-conducted the poll, said he was somewhat surprised by the results.

"It's gotten a little depressing over the last few years in most of our issue polling because everything we poll, either Democrats support it and Republicans don't, or Republicans support it and Democrats don't," he explained. "And it's a little bit uplifting to actually see something that Democrats and Republicans agree on."

In the survey, 89 percent of Arizonans polled said it's important for the immigration system to be fixed this year. Forty-three percent were Republicans, 38 percent Democrats and 19 percent independents or other.

The polling cited was done by Harper Polling and Public Policy Polling, and sponsored by the Alliance for Citizenship, Partnership for a New American Economy and Republicans for Immigration Reform. Full results are at bit.ly/14zpOFP.

Doug Ramsey, Public News Service - AZ