CNN poll: 82% oppose boycotts of Arizona over immigration-enforcement law

posted at 12:55 pm on May 27, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The Obama administration’s war on Arizona has certainly had an effect on public opinion — only it isn’t the effect Obama intended.  CNN polled over a thousand adults over the weekend, in part to determine their attitudes on immigration.  In what is almost breathtaking political consensus, over eighty percent of respondents oppose boycotts of Arizona over the new law, and 57% outright approve of the law.  Andrew Malcolm notes the political implications:

Despite President Obama’s claim that he sees no congressional appetite to address immigration reform this midterm election year, there’s more convincing evidence this week that Americans want it.

No White House administration wants to admit that it governs by polls. And this one hasn’t. For more than a year now polls have shown the top concerns on American minds are jobs and the economy. As a result, this Obama White House and the whopping Democratic congressional majorities lead by Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi invested those many months in rancorous intra-party debate to obtain broad healthcare legislation.

The sampling of adults is telling.  Normally, that produces results more sympathetic with liberal policies than do surveys of registered or likely voters.  This poll shows the American public moving sharply to the right on immigration, however, and rapidly:

  • Those who want the number of illegal immigrants decreased went up three points in seven months to 76%
  • Those who want all illegal immigrants expelled increased four points to 41%
  • The split on whether immigration reform should focus on normalization or enforcement increased from 41/56 in December 2005 to 38/60 today
  • Support for border fence went from a steady 45% over the last 4 years to 54%
  • Support for stiff employer fines rose from 58% in 2006 to 71%
  • Increasing federal agents at the border now supported by 88%, up from 74%

Speaking of federal efforts at the border, this week’s announcement of the dispatch of 1200 National Guard soldiers to the Arizona-Mexico border turns out to be much less than advertised:

US National Guard troops being sent to the Mexican border will be used to stem the flow of guns and drugs across the frontier and not to enforce US immigration laws, the State Department said Wednesday.

The clarification came after the Mexican government urged Washington not to use the additional troops to go after illegal immigrants.

President Barack Obama on Tuesday authorized the deployment of up to 1,200 additional troops to border areas but State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters, “It’s not about immigration.”

So what happens when the Guard soldiers see people crossing the border illegally? Are they being ordered to turn a blind eye to it? The new Arizona law instructs its law-enforcement agencies to check immigration status when detaining people for other purposes because the federal government refuses to enforce border security. This is a great example why the Arizona legislature passed SB1070 in the first place — and why the consensus among Americans is that Washington has abdicated its essential duty to defend the nation’s borders.


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How can a president on the wrong side of virtually every issue that is polled still poll over 40% approval?

AUINSC on May 27, 2010 at 1:02 PM

President Barack Obama on Tuesday authorized the deployment of up to 1,200 additional troops to border areas but State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters, “It’s not about immigration.”

Gee, didn’t see that comin’.

badtemper on May 27, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Elites that have never done a damn thing of use, know better.

jukin on May 27, 2010 at 1:04 PM

If 82% of those who oppose the boycotts actually boycott those who are doing the boycotting, things would fix themselve. This is the first time in history that a president has declared war on an individual state. If E PLURIBUS UNUM actually means anything and 82% of people support Arizona, then a new meaning of the UNITED States of America should be reinforced. If one state can be punished for protecting their citizens, it could happen to ANY state. United States should never let ONE person cause so much grief for one of our neighbors.

volsense on May 27, 2010 at 1:07 PM

President Obama, with regards to our borders and illegal immigration – “just plug the damn hole”.

SouthernRoots on May 27, 2010 at 1:07 PM

People don’t want the pollsters calling them racist.

tarpon on May 27, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Re: AUINSC

He speaks well.

Voyager on May 27, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Build the damn fence! I don’t know how – I’m in chrage! Just do it!

-White House

Good Lt on May 27, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Despite President Obama’s claim that he sees no congressional appetite to address immigration reform this midterm election year, there’s more convincing evidence this week that Americans want it.

Give the people what they want.

Thats kinky.

BobMbx on May 27, 2010 at 1:12 PM

The clarification came after the Mexican government urged Washington not to use the additional troops to go after illegal immigrants.

That would violate Mexico’s Commerce Clause.

BobMbx on May 27, 2010 at 1:15 PM

How can a president on the wrong side of virtually every issue that is polled still poll over 40% approval?

AUINSC on May 27, 2010 at 1:02 PM

White Guilt and the black community!

belad on May 27, 2010 at 1:15 PM

How can a president on the wrong side of virtually every issue that is polled still poll over 40% approval?

AUINSC on May 27, 2010 at 1:02 PM

+1 trillion

(I think I just went into congressional deficit levels of thumbs-up spending).

WitchDoctor on May 27, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Sorry about this question, I have no knowledge on the military. Does Gov. Brewer have authority over these troops in her state? Can she tell them to inforce the law to check for illegal aliens? Are these troops the same as national guard in a state? Thanks in advance.
L

letget on May 27, 2010 at 1:17 PM

So what happens when the Guard soldiers see people crossing the border illegally? Are they being ordered to turn a blind eye to it?

They’ll be awarded the Presidential “Didn’t Rat Out The Illegal Immigrant” Citation.

BobMbx on May 27, 2010 at 1:18 PM

If 82% of those who oppose the boycotts actually boycott those who are doing the boycotting, things would fix themselve. This is the first time in history that a president has declared war on an individual state. If E PLURIBUS UNUM actually means anything and 82% of people support Arizona, then a new meaning of the UNITED States of America should be reinforced. If one state can be punished for protecting their citizens, it could happen to ANY state. United States should never let ONE person cause so much grief for one of our neighbors.

volsense on May 27, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Well, the San Diego City Council just reversed it’s boycott of Arizona after catching absolute he11 from the citizens of San Diego California over it.

doriangrey on May 27, 2010 at 1:21 PM

GOP, there’s your mandate. But I fully expect you to run the other direction.

hoosiermama on May 27, 2010 at 1:27 PM

So what happens when the Guard soldiers see people crossing the border illegally? Are they being ordered to turn a blind eye to it?

If they don’t arrest them, the troops will have only have one alternative: They must treat border-crossers like any other American citizens hiking through the desert.

They will have to check to make sure the border-crossers have enough food and water. And if they don’t, the soldiers will have to provide it, along with fufilling any medical care and transportation needs the illegal immigrants may have.

In other words: for all practical purposes, Obama has ordered the troops to escort illegal immigrants across the border.

logis on May 27, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Stupid Right Wing Shills at CNN…

dczombie on May 27, 2010 at 1:30 PM

This is a must see

saiga on May 27, 2010 at 1:33 PM

They way are the happening and why are the working? I hate multiple conflicting posts.

Sultry Beauty on May 27, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Well, the San Diego City Council just reversed it’s boycott of Arizona after catching absolute he11 from the citizens of San Diego California over it.

doriangrey on May 27, 2010 at 1:21 PM

I looked that up. Apparently they simply clarified that their resolution didn’t actually call for a boycott, but just condemned the law.

In any case, too little, too late.

Alana on May 27, 2010 at 1:41 PM

saiga on May 27, 2010 at 1:33 PM

relax spathi

Inanemergencydial on May 27, 2010 at 1:41 PM

It’s so refreshing to find that 82% believe in the RULE OF LAW…it’s not that hard to figure out…you’re either here LEGALLY or ILLEGALLY.
As far as the National Guard, 1200 is pathetic, BUT for the agents working the border, any help is appreciated…they can do the adminstrative crap while the agents go out and plug that ho’!

HornetSting on May 27, 2010 at 1:41 PM

This is a must see

saiga on May 27, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Uh, yeah….this was released around Cinco De Mayo…

HornetSting on May 27, 2010 at 1:42 PM

If we are not trying to keep out illegal immigrants with these Nat’l Guard troops, what’s the point of the US Border Patrol? If you cross the border on a street, you will get searched, checked, must have a passport, but if you go around the street (like through that alley over there!), no checks? Why do we need USBP? Can’t we get rid of that dept & save some money?

mdenis39 on May 27, 2010 at 1:46 PM

How can a president on the wrong side of virtually every issue that is polled still poll over 40% approval?

AUINSC on May 27, 2010 at 1:02 PM

The Koolaid is sweet and colorful.

shick on May 27, 2010 at 1:49 PM

So what happens when the Guard soldiers see people crossing the border illegally? Are they being ordered to turn a blind eye to it?

They’ve been instructed to wave ‘em home like a third base coach.

BuckeyeSam on May 27, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Uh, yeah….this was released around Cinco De Mayo…

HornetSting on May 27, 2010 at 1:42 PM

It was new to me and very disturbing. I don’t see a positive end game with this kind of stuff.

saiga on May 27, 2010 at 2:03 PM

From the Washington Times:

The Senate on Thursday blocked a move to deploy 6,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border…

60 votes were needed, but the amendment only received 51. Schumer pushes Obama’s plan for 1200 troops to the border plus legalizing the illegals who are in the country. They are simply pushing their agenda, people of Arizona be damned.

Desert Gardens on May 27, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Uh, yeah….this was released around Cinco De Mayo…

HornetSting on May 27, 2010 at 1:42 PM
It was new to me and very disturbing. I don’t see a positive end game with this kind of stuff.

saiga on May 27, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Yes…prospective…THIS plus the five boys that were ordered to remove their American flag shirts, the Mexican students that flew a Mexican flag over the American flag, all in California….Yes, the end game will be the American people DEMANDING the lawbreakers deporting themselves because they can no longer get a job or obtain welfare….

HornetSting on May 27, 2010 at 2:16 PM

come on GOP, please embrace this issue, STAND UP for America!

ginaswo on May 27, 2010 at 2:16 PM

The left is all about the Arizona law being used for PRETEXTUAL STOPS. Perhaps the left might also want to acknowledge their PRETEXTUAL PROTESTS in support of ILLEGAL immigration.

GarandFan on May 27, 2010 at 2:24 PM

The boycotts are pathetic and will be ignored by most people. I have no problem with the IDing at a police stop (despite ending up in jail once for no ID in CA) but there were other measures included and following the main bill which are pretty silly.

We need a serious debate on this vital topic but with both parties allowing the most unreasonable wings of the parties to frame the debate it won’t happen soon and it won’t be good law.

lexhamfox on May 27, 2010 at 2:31 PM

That only means 82% have read the bill…the other 18% work for the administration…

right2bright on May 27, 2010 at 2:31 PM

This administration governs by the polls….they look at what the majority of the country wants and then do the exact OPPOSITE.

search4truth on May 27, 2010 at 2:51 PM

This is a great example why the Arizona legislature passed SB1070 in the first place — and why the consensus among Americans is that Washington has abdicated its essential duty to defend the nation’s borders.

excellent Ed

cmsinaz on May 27, 2010 at 3:09 PM

How can a president on the wrong side of virtually every issue that is polled still poll over 40% approval?

AUINSC on May 27, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Among liberals it is still not socially acceptable to not support Obama. When the tipping point finally comes it will come hard.

pedestrian on May 27, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Despite President Obama’s claim that he sees no congressional appetite to address immigration reform this midterm election year, there’s more convincing evidence this week that Americans want it.

That’s because to Obama, “immigration reform” = massive amnesty to unknown millions (or tens of millions) of illegal aliens, many of whom are violent criminals, and the vast majority of whom are un- or under-educated and unskilled individuals who will be competing for jobs with out of work Americans.

But the “immigration reform” that the vast majority of Americans want is to have the borders secured and existing immigration laws enforced.

AZCoyote on May 27, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Obama is looking out for the rights of illegals over the citizens of this country, and doing the president of Mexico’s bidding. Sending the guard to do paperwork is a waste of the taxpayers money. I am angry beyond belief. Texas has terrorists pouring across their border (after they have been trained by the drug cartels to look and act Mexican)and this country will pay a high price in lives because of this. After 18 months of this nonstop onslaught doled out by this administration, I am just numb. Nothing they do anymore surprises me. It’s about time for the citizens of this country to riot en masse.

silvernana on May 27, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Sorry about this question, I have no knowledge on the military. Does Gov. Brewer have authority over these troops in her state? Can she tell them to inforce the law to check for illegal aliens? Are these troops the same as national guard in a state? Thanks in advance.
L

letget on May 27, 2010 at 1:17 PM

As a retired Guardsman, I’ll attempt to answer that question. Guard duty can be a little confusing to those not familiar with it. If the President authorizes it, the Guardsmen are put on orders in federal active duty status, thus falling under whoever has been designated as the military commander of the operation. If the Governor had called the Arizona National Guard to state active duty (which the Illinois Governor did in 2008 to fight the Mississippi river flood), then they would fall under her jurisdiction. Federal law (and possibly the Constitution, I can’t remember right now) states that federal active duty military personnel cannot be used in a law enforcement role. This is to prevent the military from “taking over” the United States. When you see Guardsmen performing law enforcement activities, they are in state duty status and can then be used in that role. This may indeed preclude the Guardsmen from arresting the illegals if they are just crossing the border. Hope I didn’t confuse you.

Big John on May 27, 2010 at 3:45 PM

But don’t get me wrong and think I like it that way. It’s just the way the law works. I’d like to see a couple ‘em get a 5.56 round up their butts now and then but…

Big John on May 27, 2010 at 3:47 PM

US National Guard troops being sent to the Mexican border will be used to stem the flow of guns and drugs across the frontier and not to enforce US immigration laws, the State Department said Wednesday.

I think Obama should come up with more troops to aid in illegal immigration. However, I would not say that intercepting illegal guns and drugs is useless. I heard Rush say Why even bother? and I thought, well these thugs are trafficking in illegals guns and drugs and there is a regular crime wave down there so anything that slows down the flow can not be a bad thing. It is not enough obviously, but it is the least they can do.

Terrye on May 27, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Washington has abdicated its essential duty to defend the nation’s borders.

And THAT is the crux of the problem. However, going back to the “Motor Voter Act” rammed through Congress by Vladimir Ilyich Clinton and the party of Karl Marx, all of those illegals are translating into democrat voters, just as planned. Enter the country illegally, get a driver’s license and voters registration card, get your welfare money and vote (D).

oldleprechaun on May 27, 2010 at 4:12 PM

Hmmmm.

Simplicity itself. Station state police officers with each group of National Guardsmen. The NG look for weapons and drugs and, since this is now a legitimate interaction with law enforcement, have the LE officer check their legal status.

Win-Win.

memomachine on May 27, 2010 at 4:14 PM

I realize there have been changes lately in how the Guard is called up etc, but why can’t the Governor call up the NG if she needs it? Is it a question of the costs or is there some question as to authority?

oldleprechaun on May 27, 2010 at 4:12 PM

Not in Indiana, my husband and I had to go through all sorts of crap to get our drivers licenses renewed recently. It was just absurd. We had to have all sorts of ID and bank statements and a notice from the Post Office and then it took more than one trip.

Terrye on May 27, 2010 at 4:17 PM

“President Obama, with regards to our borders and illegal immigration – “just plug the damn hole”.”

SouthernRoots on May 27, 2010 at 1:07 PM

AMEN to that!!!

Bob in VA on May 27, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Terrye on May 27, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Perhaps its time for me to return to my mid-western roots. Here in Virginia, DMV now charges a PREMIUM in you insist on doing business in person. Just mail in whatever, and you save money. You also don’t annoy the DMV employees.

oldleprechaun on May 27, 2010 at 7:45 PM

How can a president on the wrong side of virtually every issue that is polled still poll over 40% approval?

AUINSC on May 27, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Because those 40% are on the wrong side of the Constitution and would rather live in a statist America. The same types that would follow a leader who makes the trains run on time and take care of them from cradle to grave. American exceptionalism or the notion of self-reliance is quire foreign to them.

Remember that during our two wars at home, a significant number were on the wrong side of the fight at the end of hostiilities.

AH_C on May 27, 2010 at 9:01 PM