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Whites, older voters more likely to support Arizona illegal immigration law, poll finds

May 30, 2010 |  4:06 pm

The new L.A. Times/USC poll shows Californians are divided on Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrations.  And the poll found strong dividing lines based on age and ethnicity.

Strong majorities of white voters and those over 50 support the Arizona law, while Latinos and those under 30 are heavily opposed.

Arizona's adoption of the law in April stirred passions and protests across the nation, with cities including Los Angeles voting to boycott the state. The matter has turned into a pressure point in electoral battles, including the Republican gubernatorial primary in California. But the poll shows that most voters, even those with ardent feelings about the measure, said they were unlikely to reject candidates based solely on their immigration stance.

Those who oppose the law were more likely to say they would only support a candidate who agreed with them on that issue, with 1 in 3 making the Arizona law a litmus test for their vote. Supporters of the Arizona law were more likely to say they were voting on other issues.

Read the full story from Times political writer Seema Mehta. In the video above, Mehta analyzes the poll results.

Photo: Immigration protest over the weekend in Arizona. Credit: Reuters

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