WASHINGTON, June 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- A statewide poll of likely Arizona voters finds broad voter support for reductions in immigration in the face of massive layoffs resulting from the COVID-19 crisis. The polling was conducted on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) by the national opinion research firm, Zogby Analytics, on June 10 and 11.
The poll indicates that Arizona voters support reductions in the admission of new immigrants and guest workers in the face of the ongoing public health and economic crises gripping the nation. Arizona voters are also significantly more likely to prioritize the need for immigration and border enforcement over programs to legalize millions of illegal aliens.
Among the key findings of the Arizona opinion poll:
- By about margins of roughly 2 to 1 (59% to 29%), Arizona voters support "reductions in immigration and guest workers admissions" during the crisis.
- By a 52% to 34% margin, Arizona voters believe that "Limiting admission of new immigrants and guest workers will improve the chances of laid-off American workers being rehired."
- 80% of voters in Arizona believe that it is prudent to "slow the admission of foreign nationals until we can provide thorough health screen to everyone entering the country." Only 10% disagree.
- By a 61% to 39% majority, Arizona voters said they would prioritize reducing overall immigration, strengthening immigration enforcement and border security, and removing illegal aliens from the country, over increasing immigration, granting amnesty to illegal aliens, or decriminalizing illegal immigration.
"The polling shows clear public support in Arizona for many of the immigration policy steps that the Trump administration has taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting economic and unemployment crisis. Voters in this key state agree that reductions in the admission of new immigrants and foreign workers are a prudent response to a crisis that has resulted in some 40 million Americans losing their jobs, and there is broad support for additional measures to be taken by the White House," commented Dan Stein, president of FAIR.
"The polling numbers send a clear message to Senators Sinema and McSally and members of Arizona's congressional delegation, that jobs and economic security are always critical issues in presidential and congressional elections. Senator McSally applauded the President's travel bans on countries with high levels of coronavirus infection and has broadly supported the President's enforcement agenda. This is a great opportunity to demonstrate that she sides with American workers over corporate interests in a critical election year. Senator Sinema is not the most radical Democrat in the Senate when it comes to immigration, but she is still on the wrong side of this issue and consistently opposes efforts to curb the effects of mass immigration and guest workers.
"While voters certainly understand the extraordinary circumstances that have led to massive unemployment, they will also expect that the president and their federal representatives will take all reasonable steps to minimize the damage done to American workers, and expedite recovery for those who have lost jobs. This poll makes it clear that Arizona voters understand and support the need to reduce the flow of people entering the country who will compete for jobs during this crisis and once the economy fully reopens," Stein concluded.
The poll of 805 likely voters has a +/-3.5 percent margin of error.
Contact: Matthew Tragesser, 202-328-7004 or [email protected]
Founded in 1979, FAIR is the country's largest immigration reform group. With over 2 million members and supporters nationwide, FAIR fights for immigration policies that serve national interests, not special interests. FAIR believes that immigration reform must enhance national security, improve the economy, protect jobs, preserve our environment, and establish a rule of law that is recognized and enforced.
SOURCE Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)