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Majority of Florida voters want Arizona-style immigration law, poll finds



A majority of Florida voters say the state should adopt an Arizona-style immigration policy, according to a new poll taken as the Legislature debates legislation on the divisive subject.

The independent Suffolk University poll found 51 percent of voters said they support an Arizona style approach, while 33 percent said no and 15 percent were undecided.

In general, 52% of registered voters in Florida felt that immigration laws in the state were too lenient while just 8% felt they were too strict, and 18% said that immigration laws were about right (21% were undecided). Among Democrats some 41% said too lenient, compared to 64% of Republicans and 53% of those with no party affiliation.

The data comes from the Suffolk University/7NEWS statewide survey of 600 Florida registered voters conducted April 10-12. The margin of error is +/-4 percent at a 95 percent level of confidence. Full results here.

[Last modified: Thursday, April 21, 2011 12:42pm]


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