Under constant attack by the mainstream media and under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department because of his aggressive enforcement of illegal immigration laws and the people of Arizona still love him.
A new Ramussen telephone survey of Arizona voters reports that 68% of Arizona voters have a favorable view of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and 46% view him very favorably.
The Justice Department is investigating Sheriff Joe at the urging of Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and U.S. Congressman John Conyers of Michigan. They are alleging that the Sheriff's office is racially profiling Hispanics during Arpaio's illegal immigration enforcement efforts in the county.
Arizona voters by huge numbers seem to solidly support immigration enforcement efforts by local police however, with 74% saying that police should automatically check to see if a person is in the country illegally during traffic stops, a common method used by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, (MCSO).
63% of Arizona voters say that law enforcement officers should sometimes conduct surprise raids to identify and deport illegal immigrants at places where they are known to gather to find work, 31% said they oppose such raids.
A contradicting number of Arizona voters however are concerned that efforts to identify and deport illegal immigrants may also violate the civil rights of some American citizens, with 56% saying they are somewhat concerned and 32% responding that they are very worried.
Other findings of the survey indicate that 60% of Arizona voters are more concerned about drug violence from Mexico spilling over into the state then they are about illegal immigration, 29% however say illegal immigration is still their biggest worry.
Three fourths of Arizona voters, or 76%, think that the U.S. military should be deployed to protect American citizens if drug violence continues to escalate along the U.S./Mexican border.
Republican voters in Arizona have an even greater favorable opinion of Arpaio then the average voter with 87% saying they have a somewhat favorable view of him and 76% of GOP voters saying they support surprise raids of illegal immigrant gathering locations.