American mainstream rejects Arizona measure, doesn’t it?

AMERICAN MAINSTREAM REJECTS ARIZONA MEASURE, DOESN’T IT?…. It’s awfully difficult to defend Arizona’s draconian immigration measure. Most Republicans won’t even try, and some GOP leaders have even condemned it. Today, a Republican congressman from Florida went so far as to compare it to fascism.

Democrats have blasted the new law. Churches have condemned it. Editorial boards have slammed it. It’s become a frightening example of far-right excess.

And yet, there are poll results like these.

Americans familiar with Arizona’s tough, new immigration law tend to favor it, a new poll found.

51 percent of those who have heard of Arizona’s new law to crack down illegal immigration said they generally favor it, a new Gallup Poll found Thursday. 39 of those who have heard of the law opposed it, while 11 percent were unsure.

I find this very hard to believe, not because Gallup is unreliable, but because I like to think the American character is decent and strong, and would resist efforts like these.

Broadly speaking, Gallup asked all respondents for their reactions to the Arizona law. Nationwide, a plurality of 39% support it, 30% opposite it, and 31% had no opinion or had not heard of it.

But specifically among those who said they’d heard about the state measure, a majority approve of the law. That includes 50% of self-identified independents, and a whopping 75% of self-identified Republicans. A majority of Democrats (56%) disapprove of the Arizona law.

All I can do is hope that most the poll’s respondents were confused, didn’t understand the question, or lied about understanding what the law actually is.