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Arizona immigration crackdown divides California voters, new poll shows

July 16, 2010 |  7:01 am

California voters are divided on Arizona's crackdown in illegal immigration, according to a Field Poll released Friday.

The poll found that 49% of respondents said they support the Arizona law while 45% said they oppose it.

A Times-USC poll released in late May found a somewhat divided public sentiment. Overall, 50% of registered voters surveyed by the Times and USC said they support the law, which compels police to check the immigration status of those they suspect are in the country illegally, while 43% said they oppose it. That level of support is lower than nationwide polls have indicated.

The Arizona law, set to take effect July 29, requires police to investigate the immigration status of people they lawfully stop and have reason to believe are in the country illegally. It also makes it a crime in Arizona to lack immigration documents.

The Field Poll was a survey of 1,390 registered voters and was conducted June 22 through July 5. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

-- Shelby Grad