(CNSNews.com) – With the media and the nation zeroed in on the immigration debate in the state of Arizona, Gov. Jan Brewer (R) received a 16-point bump in her approval rating after signing the current immigration bill into law.
According to a new Rasmussen Report, just two weeks ago Brewer’s approval ratings were hovering around the 40 percent marker. After signing the immigration law last week, her approval rating shot to 56 percent.
These newly released figures show 22 percent strongly approve of the governor's performance, up five percent before the bill took effect that authorizes local police to stop and verify the immigration status of anyone they suspect of being an illegal immigrant.
Brewer, who is up for reelection this year, would now receive 48 percent of the vote while her likely Democratic opponent, State Attorney General Terry Goddard, would receive 40 percent. Goddard is in opposition of the new law.
Most Arizonans welcome a new immigration law, as 64 percent support the current legislation.
Brewer became governor after Janet Napolitano left and joined the federal government as the secretary of Homeland Security. In the past, Brewer ran into trouble with Republicans while supporting a tax hike to help balance the state budget.
In March, Brewer trailed Goddard by nine percentage points. Then, after the passage of the federal health care law, Goddard refused to file a lawsuit against the federal government challenging the constitutionality of the law. Brewer found a way around this, and joined other states in the legal challenge. After doing so, Brewer’s numbers improved, and she held a slight advantage over Goddard.
Despite her past troubles with Republicans in the state of Arizona, her approval ratings amongst them sit at 81 percent, which is up from 52 percent before signing the immigration law - those include 31 percent who strongly approve, up from a meager 7 percent.
The Rasmussen Report Arizona State Survey includes 500 likely voters and was conducted on April 27, 2010 and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.