Interesting poll results from the uber-blue state of Massachusetts â€” they are nuanced, shall we say.
According to the Rasmussen pollsters, a stunning 70 percent of those polled reject taxpayer-funded goodies for illegal aliens, while only 41 percent support Arizonaâ€™s enforcement law.
(Of course, many rank-and-file Democrats dislike immigration anarchy as much as anyone, unlike the D-elites, although at lower levels than Republicans and independents.)
70% in Massachusetts Favor Ban on Public Benefits For Illegal Immigrants, Rasmussen Reports, May 12, 2010Seventy percent (70%) of Massachusetts voters favor a proposal recently rejected by the state legislature that would stop illegal immigrants from receiving public benefits.A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey shows that just 17% oppose the proposal to prevent illegal immigrants from gaining access to public housing, unemployment benefits, welfare or workers compensation. Thirteen percent (13%) more are not sure.The proposal failed to pass in the Democratically-controlled State House last month by a 75 to 82 vote.Fifty percent (50%) of voters in Massachusetts oppose a boycott of Arizona like the one just passed by Boston City Council to protest that stateâ€™s new law cracking down on illegal immigration. Thirty-four percent (34%) favor such a boycott, while another 16% are undecided.But just 41% favor a law like Arizonaâ€™s that empowers local police to stop anyone they suspect of being an illegal immigrant. Forty-eight percent (48%) oppose such a law. Eleven percent (11%) are not sure.Nationally, 58% support a law like the one recently adopted in Arizona.The survey of 500 Likely Voters in Massachusetts was conducted on May 10, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.Sixty-seven percent (67%) of Bay State voters are at least somewhat concerned that a law like Arizonaâ€™s might violate the civil rights of some U.S. citizens while 30% donâ€™t share that concern. Those figures include 40% who are Very Concerned and 11% who are Not At All Concerned.Fifty-eight percent (58%) favor a welcoming immigration policy that only excludes â€?national security threats, criminals and those who would come here to live off our welfare system.â€? Just 23% disagree with such a policy. This is comparable to findings among voters nationwide.Governor Deval Patrick yesterday criticized the public benefits proposal and denounced the Arizona bill, saying he would veto a similar law if passed by the state legislature. However, he also said the state would not follow Bostonâ€™s example and divest state funds from Arizona as a protest.His two chief opponents for governor, Republican Charlie Banker and Democrat-turned-independent Tim Cahill, both favor the legislation barring illegal immigrants from public benefits. Cahill has defended the Arizona law; Baker has not commented in detail on it.Patrick now earns 45% of the vote in his bid for reelection to Bakerâ€™s 31% and Cahillâ€™s 14%.Republicans and voters not affiliated with either party overwhelmingly support the proposal that would stop illegal immigrants from getting public benefits, as do 53% of Democrats.But 52% of Democratic voters favor a boycott of Arizona, while 74% of Republicans and 66% of unaffiliateds oppose it.When it comes to having a law like Arizonaâ€™s, however, 64% of GOP voters are in favor of it, but 68%of Democrats are opposed. Among unaffiliated voters in Massachusetts, 46% favor such a law, while 39% oppose it.