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Support for more drilling, Arizona immigration law spans spectrum

A new Quinnipiac poll shows expanded offshore oil drilling and Arizona’s strict new immigration law garnering majority support among the American public. And it’s not just coming from the right.

Fifty-seven percent of independents and 28 percent of Democrats approve of the Arizona law, while 49 percent of independents and 41 percent of Democrats support more drilling – even in the immediate aftermath of the still-simmering situation along the Gulf Coast.

Overall, the Arizona bill, which allows law enforcement to request documentation in order to verify a person's immigration status, gets a 51-31 percent majority, with just under a majority – 48 percent – saying they would like their state to pass similar legislation.

Expanded offshore drilling is supported by 53 percent and opposed by 40 percent. Conservatives support it overwhelmingly, with 72 percent in favor.

Nearly half of the poll’s respondents, including 38 percent of Democrats, say the situation in the Gulf does not make them less likely to support expanded offshore drilling.

--Aaron Blake

By Aaron Blake  |  June 1, 2010; 10:06 AM ET
Categories:  Polls  
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