The first article about public opinion polls regarding SB 1070 was published on April 22 by the Arizona Daily Star. The article, Poll: Arizonans like immigration bill, cited a Rasmussen Reports poll in which 70 percent of likely voters responded that they supported SB 1070. On April 28 the Star published a report by Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services on a poll that showed Gov. Brewer increasing her lead over Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard in the race for governor. The article, Poll: Voters like Brewer’s support of AZ immigration, concealed weapons laws, cited a poll by Rasmussen Reports and referenced SB 1070 and the concealed weapons law as sources of Brewer’s growing popularity.
The next day the Republic ran a story, Arizona immigration law boosts Gov. Brewer’s rating, that went into detail in its description of the Rasmussen Reports survey. In the story, the governor had a 56 percent approval rating from Arizonans and an 81 percent approval rating from Republicans. The article also called into question the methodology of the survey. Also on April 29, the Republic ran 51% in nation support Arizona immigration law, poll says, from Politico, which showed that a slim majority of Americans supported SB 1070. On April 30 the Republic ran a story from Politico, GOP worries Arizona immigration law could hurt party, which synthesized poll results from the previous few months.