As the Federal government tries to mount a legal challenge to the controversial Arizona immigration law, a new poll has found that a majority of Americans continue to support the measure, in line with some of the early polls that were conducted shortly after it was passed in April.
According to a newly released Washington Post–ABC poll, a total of 58 percent of respondents support the law, which would give local police new powers to demand ID from individuals who they "reasonably suspect" of being in the United States illegally.
The news source specifies that the survey further found that Republicans and independents are the strongest supporters of the bill, while Democrats—especially those who belong to minority groups—are most adamantly against it.
The poll also suggests that slightly more than half of Americans disapprove of President Obama’s handling of border control issues.
Ever since the bill passed and was signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer, civil rights advocates have warned it may open the door to racial profiling of minorities and may thus be unconstitutional.
Despite the uproar and mounting legal challenges, it is expected to come into effect at the end of July.