Voters favor Minutemen, guest workers, poll shows
Associated Press
Apr. 26, 2005

A majority of registered Arizona voters interviewed in a statewide poll approve of an effort that has placed volunteers along the Mexican border this month to watch for and report illegal immigrant activity.

Most of those polled also said they back President Bush's proposal to create a guest worker program as a means of reducing illegal immigration.

In all, 57 percent of those interviewed said they supported the Minuteman Project, while 34 percent were opposed and 9 percent did not know or gave no opinion.

Bush's guest worker program drew 62 percent backing, with 29 percent opposed and 9 percent saying they did not know or expressing no opinion.

In addition, 54 percent of voters said they would favor the plan even if it contained a provision to allow permanent status for people already illegally in the country, while 37 percent were in opposition and again, 9 percent did not know or had no opinion.

Finally, the 75 percent of all registered voters surveyed statewide said companies hiring illegal immigrants knowingly should be punished.

The poll of 415 registered voters statewide conducted by KAET-TV and Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications in Tempe from April 21-24 had a sampling error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.