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Kos: Immigration reform enjoys dominant support

by Jacquelyn Mahendra on 06/03/2009 at 12:26pm

Daily KosIt’s not just the Wall Street Journal.  Kos, founder of the progressive political site Daily Kos, digs into our new polling figures today in a post called, “Immigration reform enjoys dominant support.”

Beneson Strategy Group (PDF) for America’s Voice. 5/9-12. Likely voters. MoE 3.1%

Do you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose, strongly oppose Congress passing comprehensive immigration reform?

Total Support     64
Strongly support  31
Somewhat support  33

Total Oppose      21
Somewhat oppose   10
Strongly oppose   10

So check it — conventional wisdom is that tough economic times generates anti-immigrant sentiment, but these numbers are stellar. And that’s just asking people about “comprehensive immigration reform”. Look what happens when they are told what that actually means:

One version of immigration reform that people have discussed would take a comprehensive approach. It would secure the border, crack down on employers who hire illegal immigrants, and require illegal immigrants to register for legal immigration status, pay back taxes, and learn English in order to be eligible for U.S. citizenship. Would you ... Congress passing this proposal?

Total Support     86
Strongly support  58
Somewhat support  28

Total Oppose      14
Somewhat oppose    6
Strongly oppose    7

That’s a stunning 29-point shift, with well over a majority of respondents “strongly approving”. The Minutemen crowd, no matter how much noise it might make, is fringier than fringe.

Stunning is a good way to put it. One challenge, this polling shows, is just getting the message out to people that there is a common-sense solution on the table.

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