WASHINGTON -- A strong majority of Americans support Arizona's controversial new immigration law and would back similar laws in their own states, a McClatchy-Ipsos poll found.
Sixty-one percent of Americans -- and 64 percent of registered voters -- said they favored the law in a survey of 1,016 adults conducted May 6-9.
Strikingly, nearly half of Democrats like the law, under which local law enforcement officers are tasked with verifying people's immigration status if they suspect them of being in the country illegally. While the Democratic Party generally is regarded as more sympathetic to illegal immigrants' plights, 46 percent of Democrats said they favored the law for Arizona and 49 percent said they'd favor the law's passage in their own states.
More than eight in 10 Republicans and 54 percent of independents favor the law.
In addition, about 69 percent of Americans said they wouldn't mind if police officers stopped them to ask for proof of their citizenship or legal rights to be in the country; about 29 percent would mind, considering it a violation of their rights; and about 3 percent were unsure.