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Poll: Mass. Voters Back Tougher Immigration Checks

A new poll finds Massachusetts voters backing tougher restrictions on non-citizens.

The Suffolk University/WHDH-TV survey released Wednesday found 84 percent of voters recommending Massachusetts lawmakers require people provide proof of citizenship to receive state benefits. Just 12 percent said no and 4 percent were undecided.

Voters were more divided on Arizona's new immigration law, with 53 percent backing it and 40 percent opposed. Asked if Massachusetts should pass a similar law, 43 percent agreed while 50 percent said no.

The poll surveyed 500 Massachusetts registered voters from Thursday to Sunday and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

This program aired on May 27, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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