Monday, September 27, 2010
Sixty-two percent (62%) of voters in Texas favor an immigration law similar to the one recently passed in Arizona in their own state. While support is higher than the level measured nationally, this finding is down slightly from late July when 69% of voters in the state felt that way.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state finds that 31% oppose an Arizona-like immigration law in Texas. To see survey question wording, click here.
Most Republicans (88%) and voters not affiliated with either party (64%) support an immigration law in their own state, while 68% of Democrats are opposed.
An overwhelming 75% of all voters in the state favor strict government sanctions against employers who hire illegal immigrants. Only 15% oppose such government sanctions, and another 10% are not sure.
The survey of 500 Likely Voters in Texas was conducted on September 22, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
Sixty-one percent (61%) of Texas voters agree with a welcoming immigration policy that excludes national security threats, criminals and those who would come here to live off our welfare system. Twenty-five percent (25%) disagree with that policy, while 14% are not sure.
A majority of Republicans, Democrats and unaffiliateds support an immigration policy that welcomes all immigrants aside from national security threats, criminals and those who would come here to live off our welfare system.
Likewise, most voters in all three partisan groups favor strict government sanctions against employers who hire illegal immigrants.
Republican incumbent Rick Perry remains slightly ahead of Democratic challenger Bill White in his bid for reelection to an unprecedented third term as governor of Texas.
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