Large Majority of Arizonans Think the State Is a "Good Place for Minorities"
A large majority of Arizonans think the land of SB 1070 is a "good place for minorities."
Gallup polled residents of all 50 states, asking, "Is the city or area where you live a good place or not a good place to live for racial or ethnic minorities."
In Arizona, 84 percent of residents said it's a good place for minorities, which was the 16th-highest level among the 50 states.
That seems like a minor miracle, considering not only SB 1070, but also Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose office was found to have racially profiled Latinos, and it was just a couple decades ago that Arizona voters rejected the creation of a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
However, seeing as about 57 percent of Arizona's population is white, chances are that minorities in Arizona agreed with the sentiment that it's a good state for minorities.
Still, it's not like a majority of any one state's residents thought they lived in a racist state -- in West Virginia, only 74 percent of people said it's a good place for minorities, which was the lowest level of any state. Only 13 states measured below 80 percent.
The two states with the highest levels are two of the four "minority-majority" states -- Hawaii (95 percent) and Texas (92 percent). The other two minority-majority states, New Mexico and California, were also in the top 10.
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