A March 7 story from Bloomberg Businessweek reported on a new poll that surveyed Americans on immigration. The Bloomberg lede was that 61 percent of Americans believe that “continued immigration into the country jeopardizes the United States.”
The New York Times editorial "Mr. Obama's Moment on Immigration," garnered 458 comments, 322 of which made the "Readers' Picks" list. Of those 322, I counted 25 that supported the editorial's pro-executive-action stance. Of the 25 comments in favor of executive action, 21 were recommended ten times or less. None of the 25 received more than 67 recommendations (and that comment stated, in part, that "The message should be clear that US values legal immigration over illegal entry. If we make laws, we should implement them.").
Earlier this week, Republican Rep. Iliana Ros-Lehtinen told The Hill that she worries about the GOP's chances of winning the White House in 2016 because the party hasn't backed a mass amnesty for illegal aliens. But a brand new poll from Pew Hispanic Research on the voting tendencies of Hispanic Americans reveals something very different.
A new poll from The Polling Company shows overwhelming support among likely voters for significantly lower immigration levels, increased enforcement and an opposition to Pres. Obama's plan to move forward with an executive action that could grant amnesty and work permits to millions of illegal aliens. 74% of likely voters chose Pres. Obama working with Congress on the immigration issue rather than acting alone, and 75% of likely voters want to see more enforcement of immigration laws.
A new survey of Americans from Gallup found that a plurality of Americans support reducing current immigration levels (approximately 1 million per year). 41% of Americans support lowering immigration levels, while only 22% support increasing immigration levels. The Senate-approved Schumer-Rubio amnesty bill, S.744, would nearly triple the number of work permits granted to new legal immigrants over the first decade by doubling legal immigration and granting amnesty to more than 11 million illegal aliens.
A new CNN Poll found that 61% of Americans disapprove of the administration's handling of illegal immigration. The poll was taken between May 29 and June 1 and asked for a simple approve or disapprove rating of a variety of issues. Only 35% said they approved of the President's handling of illegal immigration.
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) delivered a one-minute speech on the House floor today, touting a recent poll from the Washington Post and ABC News reflecting voter views on amnesty. When asked if they would be more or less likely to support a candidate who supports a path to citizenship for illegal aliens, the poll found that registered voters who would be less likely to support a candidate outnumbered those who would be more likely by a 39-to-27 margin.
A Gallup poll released this week found that a roughly equal number of Americans want to beef up border security and deal with illegal aliens in the U.S. As blogger Micky Kaus notes, the poll never specifies what “deal with” means but that did not stop main stream media outlets like CNN from trumpeting the good news for advocates of a comprehensive amnesty.
A new Quinnipiac poll finds that Iowa voters would be less likely to support candidates who support amnesty. The poll specifically asks about candidates for the United States Senate, but the results are revealing since Iowa is typically the first state to hold a presidential primary. The poll surveyed 1,617 registered voters and 46% said they would be less likely to support a candidate who supports amnesty, while only 24% said they would be more likely.
Roger Daltrey, the lead singer of the Who, has blasted the former Labour-led government of the United Kingdom for allowing in large numbers of foreign workers. Daltrey, who has also criticized the current government for failing to tackle high immigration numbers said immigration has "undercut" workers.
A new poll from Winthrop University finds that Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-S.C.) favorability in his home state has plummeted after co-authoring legislation that would grant amnesty to 11 million illegal aliens and double annual legal immigration flows. According to the poll, only 45% of GOP voters (including leaners) support the job that Sen. Graham is doing.
A unique look at the American electorate confirms opposition to amnesty among key swing voter groups. The poll conducted jointly by NBC News and Esquire magazine grouped American voters into one of eight different categories, creating what they call a new "American Center," and this new "American Center" has little appetite for amnesty.
A new poll from Rasmussen asked voters whether they think Congress will pass an immigration bill that includes an amnesty for 11 million illegal aliens in 2013, and only 28% of respondents said yes. That number is down from 37% in May and June who thought Congress would pass a bill. Sixty-three percent of respondents thought passage of an amnesty was unlikely in 2013.
At its Summer meeting last week, the Republican National Committee rejected the Attrition Through Enforcement policy established in its 2012 National Platform in favor of amnesty for illegal aliens. Since illegal aliens would be legalized but denied citizenship, the RNC’s spin suggests the new policy would cause no harm. But the work permits offered to illegal aliens cause the greatest damage. And since most voters do not support this shift in policy, the RNC has likely harmed itself.
A recent Rasmussen poll finds that support for the Senate immigration bill has dropped. Only 50% of likely voters now favor a plan to give legal status to illegal aliens, even if the border is secured to prevent future immigration. This figure is down from 60% less than three weeks ago. The figure drops to 39% when voters were asked if they support a plan that only cuts the flow of illegal immigration by 50%.
These results come after the Congressional Budget Office estimated last week that the Senate immigration bill would only stop the flow by 50%.
A new National Journal poll found that 49 percent of GOP voters say they will be less likely to support their incumbent lawmaker if he or she votes for a path to citizenship for illegal aliens. Only 15 percent of Republicans would support the incumbent who backs a path to citizenship.
These poll results come after 15 Republican Senators voted to pass the Schumer-Corker-Hoeven amendment yesterday. The passage of this amendment will make it easier for the Gang of 8 amnesty bill, S. 744 to likely pass the Senate.
A new CNN/ORC International survey found that 62% of Americans say border security should be the main focus of U.S. immigration policy, while only 36% say a path to citizenship for illegal aliens should be the top priority.
According to the poll, more than six in ten Americans say border security is a bigger priority than a path to citizenship for illegal aliens.
The Washington Post is confounded by its own poll. Only 18 percent of Americans support the Gang of Eight's legalization-first approach to illegal immigration, according to a Washington Post / ABC News poll. Yet the Post began its story on the poll with, "Comprehensive immigration reform moves to the Senate floor next week with solid overall support from the public."
A new Rasmussen Reports poll has found that only 30% of American voters believe the federal government will actually secure the border if Congress passes an immigration reform bill. This shows an ever-increasing pessimism from Americans that the government is serious about securing our nation's borders: in March, 38% said the federal government would secure the borders if legislation passes and in January, the figure was 45%. In the same poll, only 7% of voters consider it "very likely" that the border will be secured, while 24% consider it "not at all likely."
Numbers USA, a group that favors “lower immigration levels” and opposes the Gang of Eight’s bill, recently commissioned polling in states such as Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, and North Carolina, all of which voted for Mitt Romney, where incumbent Democrats are seeking reelection in 2014. The results, obtained by National Review Online, indicate that likely voters in those states do not support the major policies in the Gang’s bill, particularly its lack of a strong border-security and enforcement trigger, and would be unlikely to back a politician who does.
A recent Gallup Poll shows that immigration is a low priority for Americans. According to the poll, Americans believe the most important problem facing the country today is the economy, followed by unemployment/jobs and dissatification with the government. Despite the Senate releasing an 844-page immigration reform bill last night, immigration ranked 7th on the list with only 4% of Americans thinking the issue is most important.
Details of the Senate Gang of Eight's legislation that's set to be introduced on Tuesday reveal that the bill would have a dramatic effect on the annual number of green cards given out each year. Various reports indicate the legal flow of legal immigrants would increase by more than 50% for the current level of 1.1 million new green cards issued each year. Numerous polls, however, show strong support for reducing current legal immigration flows or maintaining current levels.
A new poll conducted by Reuters/Ipsos has found that a majority of Americans favor enforcment of immigration laws over legalization for the 11 million illegal aliens. Thirty percent of respondents think that most illegal aliens should be deported with some exceptions. Another 23% of respondents think that all illegal aliens should be deported. Only 36% of respondents think most or all illegal aliens should be allowed to stay in the United States.
A new Gallup poll finds that Americans aren't as enthusiastic about "immigration reform" as some Members of Congress and most of the main stream media would like you to believe. The poll asked Americans what is the most important problem facing the country today, and only 2% of respondents said that immigration was the top concern.
By Nicholas Riccardi-Associated Press
A new poll from Gallup found that 62% of Americans think stopping illegal immigration should be a top priority for Pres. Obama's second term, while only 37% think providing a pathway to citizenship for the nation's 11 million illegal aliens should be a top priority. The poll questioned 1,000 Americans from Nov. 9-12 and asked them to rate 12 different issues ranging from the economy to military spending to immigration to the environment.
As the major networks began calling the election for President Obama, several commentators expressed a sense of relief after a long campaign in which each side attempted to scare the electorate away from the other by making their opponents out to be monsters. The campaign was over and the hard work of governing could resume.
In the wake of the Supreme Court decision on Arizona's SB 1070 law and the Obama Administration’s executive “DREAM” amnesty, two-thirds of likely voters say they want their own states to enact police immigration status check laws. The Washington Times/JZ Analytics poll also found that 49 percent think illegal aliens should be "given a chance to get their affairs in order then sent home.”
A new poll released today by CNN revealed that three-quarters of Americans support Arizona’s SB 1070 law, which allows police to check the immigration status of suspected illegal aliens after a lawful stop. Another poll by CBS News found that sixty-two percent of Americans believe that both the federal government and state governments should be able to determine laws regarding illegal aliens.
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will listen to arguments in the Obama administration's lawsuit against Arizona's immigration-enforcement law. In advance of the hearing, public opinion polls are showing that by more than a 2-to-1 margin, Americans support Arizona's efforts and don't want the high court to overturn it.
In Arizona where immigration was near the top of voter concerns, the candidate who “owned” the E-Verify issue was bound to benefit. While many pundits claimed Romney’s robust advocacy of national mandatory E-Verify was a blunder that somehow put him on the political fringe, the Arizona election results tonight and a new national poll show him to be identifying with overwhelming majorities of virtually every type of American.
A new Gallup Poll shows that 42% of Americans say they wish immigration could be lower. Only 6% say they want immigration levels to be higher. Opinions were slightly different when broken down by political affiliations, but overall, Americans ranked immigration the third most important issue on a list of 16 other issues polled by Gallup in the survey.
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will be reviewing Arizona's S.B 1070 sometime next spring. A new telephone survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports, asked likely U.S. voters if they would support immigration-enforcement legislation similar to Arizona's in their state. Over 52% of voters said they would support the legislation. Thirty-four percent of those surveyed said they would oppose the legislation, and 15% more are undecided.