Californians split on Arizona's illegal immigration crackdown: poll

08:28, May 31, 2010      

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California voters are closely divided over the crackdown on illegal immigration in Arizona, with sharp splits along lines of ethnicity and age, a new Los Angeles Times/USC poll which was released Sunday shows.

Overall, 50 percent of registered voters surveyed said they support the law, which empowers Arizona police to check the immigration status of those they suspect are in the country illegally, while 43 percent oppose it, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Strong majorities of white voters and those over 50 support the Arizona law, while Latinos and those under 30 are heavily opposed. That level of support is lower than polls have indicated nationwide.

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, The Times said.

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