The following is a release from Alabama State University:
2011 Survey on Alabama Immigration Law
The Center for Leadership and Public Policy conducted a survey of Alabama Citizens over the age of 18 years old on their opinions and experiences in regard to Alabama's new immigration law. A total of 525 people completed the survey, resulting in a confidence level of 95 percent and an interval of plus or minus 4.3%. The survey was conducted from November 1 to December 8, 2011. Fifty-nine percent of those surveyed were between the ages of 41 and 65. Nearly 25 percent of those participating were African American and 56 percent were female. Thirty percent of those surveyed made less than $40,000 annually. The general results are as follows:
- Sixty-seven percent of those survey agreed there was a need for an immigration law.
- Only 48 percent of participants agreed that the current law is fair.
- Thirteen percent of participants said that they had experienced the effects of the new law either personally or in their business.
- Fifty-two percent of those who reported experience with the new law said it was not a problem or only an inconvenience. However, 30 percent reported it was a real problem.
- Over one quarter of those surveyed said they knew of someone who had been affected by the new law.
- Of those who knew someone affected 65 percent said it was business related.
- Analysis of income crosstabs revealed that over 55 percent of every income category surveyed saw the need for an immigration law.