Voters favor Minutemen, guest workers,
Apr. 26, 2005
A majority of registered Arizona voters interviewed in a
statewide poll approve of an effort that has placed volunteers along the Mexican
border this month to watch for and report illegal immigrant activity.
Most of those polled also said they back President Bush's proposal to create a
guest worker program as a means of reducing illegal immigration.
In all, 57 percent of those interviewed said they supported the Minuteman
Project, while 34 percent were opposed and 9 percent did not know or gave no
Bush's guest worker program drew 62 percent backing, with 29
percent opposed and 9 percent saying they did not know or expressing no opinion.
In addition, 54 percent of voters said they would favor the plan even if it
contained a provision to allow permanent status for people already illegally in
the country, while 37 percent were in opposition and again, 9 percent did not
know or had no opinion.
Finally, the 75 percent of all registered voters surveyed statewide said
companies hiring illegal immigrants knowingly should be punished.
The poll of 415 registered voters statewide conducted by KAET-TV and Arizona
State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications
in Tempe from April 21-24 had a sampling error of plus or minus 5 percentage