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Poll shows declining support for Arizona’s anti-immigrant law

The latest survey from Public Policy Polling shows declining support in Arizona for the state’s anti-immigrant law, but supporters still outnumber opponents of the measure.

Almost four years after it passed, PPP found declining support for Senate Bill 1070. In October 2010, the left-leaning firm found voters favored the legislation by a 25-point margin — 60-35. Voters still support the measure, but only by an eight-point spread — 44-36.

The measure’s popularity has declined with Democrats, Republicans and independents.

The survey also found: 

• Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain is unpopular with Republicans, Democrats and independents and is, according to PPP, the least popular senator in the country.

Only 30 percent of Arizonans approve of McCain and 54 percent who disapprove. McCain trails in a hypothetical general election against Richard Carmona and Gabby Giffords. He would defeat former Gov. Janet Napolitano.

• In presidential polling, Hillary Clinton narrowly trails Jeb Bush in a hypothetical general election contest in the state. She leads Chris Christie, Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee. In the GOP primary field, Ted Cruz leads.

• Jeff Flake’s poll numbers “went into the gutter last April after he voted against requiring background checks on all gun purchases and they haven’t seen any improvement since.”

• A majority of voters — 53 percent — support increasing the minimum wage to $10 an hour.

• Support for legalizing medical marijuana is at 67 percent. The state is more evenly divided on recreational marijuana use — 46 percent think marijuana should be legal and 48 percent think it should continue to be illegal.

“Craigslist” congressman and deadbeat dad among those awarded perfect scores for ‘family values’

Ahead of the November elections, the Family Research Council’s Citizenlink has released its scorecard for the 112th Congress. The scorecard tallies the percentage of votes cast by individual members of Congress that concurred with the right-wing hate group’s position.

Those positions included support for bills to: repeal health care reform, which extends care to millions who are currently uninsured; to defund Planned Parenthood, which provides cancer screening and other critical heath services to women who could not otherwise afford it; ban a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy; and prevent equal treatment for LGBT military personnel.

Among those who scored a 100-percent rating for voting in line with FRC’s “family values” was disgraced New York Congressman Christopher Lee. Married and a father, Lee resigned after it was revealed that he trolled Craigslist with shirtless pictures of himself while hitting on women and cross-dressing men. After resigning office, a Democrat picked up Lee’s seat in his Republican-leaning district during a special election.

Also earning a perfect record was Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., who was declared a deadbeat dad by a judge for refusing to pay more than $100,000 in child support to his ex-wife over the course of a decade. He also lost his automobile insurance for non-payment.

FRC also awarded Todd Akin, R-Mo., a flawless score. Akin made headlines for declaring that not all rapes are “legitimate rapes” and for claiming that a woman’s body shuts down automatically to prevent pregnancy when she’s not enjoying her rape.

Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., also scored perfect. He was one of only two members of the House to oppose a bill protecting young girls from sex slavery.

None of Wisconsin’s representatives achieved 100-percent, although Reps. Paul Ryan, Jim Sensenbrenner, Sean Duffy and Reid Ribble scored 90.

For the complete list of ratings, go to FRC action.