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- 12-10-2012, 08:48 AM #1
Most back path to citizenship
Battleground Poll: Most back path to citizenship
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By JAMES HOHMANN | 12/10/12 6:01 AM EST
Americans want amnesty.
A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground poll finds that 62 percent of those surveyed support an immigration reform proposal that would allow illegal or undocumented immigrants to earn citizenship over a period of several years. Thirty-five percent oppose it.
The national poll, conducted last week, finds more Republicans — 49 percent — support a path to citizenship than oppose it — 45 percent. Democrats favor this approach 3-to-1, 74 percent to 24 percent. And independents back it by a 26-point margin, 61 percent to 35 percent.
The poll reveals significantly greater overall support, 77 percent, for an immigration law that allows the children of illegal or undocumented immigrants to earn the right to stay here permanently if they complete a college degree or serve in the military. Just 19 percent oppose this key element of the so-called DREAM Act.
The White House reportedly plans to aggressively push immigration reform in January after the resolution of the fiscal cliff that will include a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million people now living illegally in this country.
A plurality of 48 percent disapproves of President Barack Obama’s handling of the immigration issue, with 45 percent approving. The Democratic incumbent took fire during the campaign from Latinos for not aggressively pushing reform during his first term.
“The public is there for immigration reform,” said Democratic pollster Celinda Lake, who helped conduct the bipartisan poll. “The Republicans are marginalizing themselves and losing Latino voters, and their own base is not even with them.”
Republican pollster Ed Goeas, who also helped conduct the bipartisan poll, said Romney lost because of “a little bit of everything and not a lot of any one thing.”
The Republican pollster warns against thinking of an immigration reform bill as a panacea.
“Immigration just gets us a seat at the table, that maybe gets them to listen to us,” Goeas said. “It does not get us votes.”
“We need to do it because it’s the right thing to do,” he added, “not to get a constituency.”
Only 2 percent of respondents identified illegal immigration as their most important issue. Seventy percent picked pocketbook matters, including government spending, the economy and jobs.
The POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground poll, conducted by the Tarrance Group and Lake Research Partners, surveyed 1,000 registered likely voters from Dec. 2 to Dec. 6 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
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- 12-10-2012, 10:56 AM #2
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This poll is inverted. Most Americans oppose Amnesty but these special interest groups can afford these designer polls that get all the coverage to make people believe up is down and down is up!
One way we can tell this poll is fake is that if it were true that most Republicans supported a path to citizenship for illegal aliens A. Mitt Romney would have endorsed such a plan in response to his campaign's internal polls and desire to win and B. Most Republicans would have supported such a plan in Congress before now.
Our problem is that our side cannot afford many polls much less designer polls designed to tell the public whatever we are willing to pay for and if we do have polls that prove our point, the media is slanted against us.
They will tell everyone about the fake poll and censor our data if we try to release it.
Here are some polls that are much more accurate.
70% of Americans say it’s important to locate and deport those residing in the U.S. illegally, 53% say children born to illegal immigrant parents should not be automatic citizens. An incredible 92% of those responding said developing a plan to stop the flow of illegal immigrants into the U.S. is important, including 74% who said it’s very important. Just 7% said such a plan is not important. (August 20-23, 2010 ZOGBY International Poll)
On immigration, 69% of American voters say that reform should move in the direction of stricter enforcement of laws against illegal immigration, while only 22% say that reform should primarily move in the direction of integrating illegal immigrants into American society, Quinnipiac University poll (question 43), July 2010
61% in a poll of nationwide voters think we should enforce current immigration laws to solve the illegal immigration problem, while only 34% think we should overhaul immigration laws, Fox News Poll/Opinion Dynamics (question 33), May 2010
76% of Born-Again Protestants support immigration enforcement that pushes illegal aliens out of the country while only 12% support legalization. 64% of Mainline Protestants and Catholics prefer enforcement while only 24% support legalization or amnesty. 43% of American Jews prefer enforcement while 40% prefer legalization. ZOGBY POLL December 2009
59% of executives (e.g., CEOs, CFOs, etc.), 67% of small business owners, and 58% of union households support enforcement of our immigration laws over granting amnesty to illegal aliens. This is in stark contract to the push for Amnesty by the US Chamber of Commerce, AFL-CIO, and the Service Employees International Union. ZOGBY Poll February, 2010
Seventy-eight percent (78%) of likely voters were opposed to legalizing the status of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. with only 19% supporting it. 88% of African-Americans were opposed to legalization. Pulse Opinion Research, LLC, September, 2009
Transatlantic Trends: when asked about what governments should do to address illegal immigration, 83% of respondents supported stronger border controls, 74% supported cracking down on employers, and 68% supported deportation, [November 2008, TNS Opinion]
69% of voters say controlling the border is more important than legalizing the status of undocumented workers, while just 21% think legalization is more important, [August 2008, Rasmussen Reports]
68% of North Carolinians disagree (including 41.6% who strongly disagree) with proposals that would allow undocumented immigrants to stay in this country for several years as long as they have a job, [September 2007, Elon University Poll]
Just 22% of American voters currently favor the “comprehensive” immigration reform bill in the U.S. Senate despite a despite a massive White House effort, [June 2007, Rasmussen Reports]
Which approach do you prefer – enforcing the law and cause illegal immigrants to go home over time or granting legal status and citizenship to those who meet certain requirements? 56% prefer “Enforce the law” while 35% prefer “Grant legal status.” [May 2007, Pulse Opinion Research]
58% of likely voters prefer that the 12 million illegal immigrants in the country go home as opposed to 30% who prefer they be allowed to stay legally, [May 2007, Pulse Opinion Research]
61% of likely American voters oppose providing a path to US citizenship for those illegal immigrants who entered the United States illegally, and who fraudulently obtained green cards and Social Security numbers, when millions are playing by the rules and waiting in their countries to enter the United States legally, [April 2007, McLaughlin & Associates Poll]
A poll of likely voters, using neutral language, found that Americans prefer the House of Representatives’ enforcement-only bill by 2-1 over Senate proposals to legalize illegal immigrants and greatly increase legal immigration, [April 2006, Zogby America]
81% WANT local police to detain illegals: ONLY 35% WANT GUEST WORKER. 81 percent believes local and state police should help federal authorities enforce laws against illegal immigration. Only 14 percent disagreed. 35 percent gave their support, and 56 percent said no to the Bush plan to give illegals a path to citizenship according to a (April, 2005 ZOGBY America Poll)Click here to learn more about William Gheen President of ALIPAC