California Poll Data
Rasmussen Poll: Arizona Law SB 1070
Suppose the new Arizona immigration law was being considered for your state. Would you favor or oppose passage of that law in your state?
The U.S. Justice Department has decided to challenge the legality of Arizona’s new immigration law in federal court. Do you agree or disagree with the decision to challenge the legality of Arizona’s new immigration law?
Rasmussen, July 22, 2009, poll of 500 likely voters in California
- 64% say illegal aliens put a “significant strain” on the state budget, while 25% say that they do not.
- 65% to 23% believe that the availability taxpayer-funded programs draw illegal aliens to California.
- 47% support cutting off welfare benefits to the children of illegal aliens, and 39% oppose it.
An Orange County Register (CA) reader’s poll published on June 19, 2009 found that of 1,631 respondents 78% opposed the provisions of the DREAM Act.
Question: "Do you think college students who are in the country illegally should be given a path to residency, protected from deportation and eligible for student loans and federal work study programs?
A Field Poll by the Field Research Corporation of 570 registered California voters taken from March 20-31, 2007 found that:
- 83% support the legalization of illegal immigrants who are employed and have resided in the United States for “a number of years,” and a lower share (67%) agree to a temporary worker program for illegal immigrants.
- 77% believe that illegal immigration is either a “very serious problem” (48%) or a “somewhat serious problem” (28%).
- 71% agree with strengthening border patrols.
- 63% support stiffer penalties for employers who hire illegal immigrants.
- 53% favor deporting illegal immigrants.
A Field Poll released March 4, 2005 with a +/- 4.1%age point margin of error found:
“A new bill currently in the U.S. Congress would effectively block states like California from providing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, by requiring all states to verify that applicants for driver’s licenses are American citizens or living in the country legally.”
The results were that 59% favored this action (vs. 38% opposed). Republicans supported by 78%-19%, Non-partisans by 57%-42%, and Democrats by 53%-41%. Latinos opposed by 53%-45%.
A question also probed the issue of California adopting a measure to allow driver’s licenses for “undocumented immigrants.” The similar results were opposition by 62%-35%. However opinions were nearly equal on whether the state should issue a different non-ID license to the illegal aliens.
65% said that illegal immigrants should not be eligible for services and benefits provided by state and local governments, except for emergency services. 53% said they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who opposes granting government benefits and services to illegal immigrants. 73% said that illegal immigrants should not be eligible for in-state tuition at state universities, and 68% opposed granting driver’s licenses to illegal aliens. (Luntz Research, October 2003)