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New Poll: Voters in Key California GOP Districts Looking for Leadership on Immigration Reform

America's Voice | Released on 10/31/2013 at 3:33pm

californiaAs Republican Congressmen Denham and Valadao Cosponsor New Immigration Bill, Poll finds Huge Support Among Voters in Districts Held by McCarthy, Issa and Mckeon

This week, as Republican Congressmen Jeff Denham and David Valadao stepped up to support the House immigration bill with a path to citizenship, new polls from three key California Republican districts show that voters in their district would overwhelmingly support the same leadership and policy approach from their members of Congress.

The polls surveyed likely 2014 voters from districts held by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) and were conducted between October 28th and October 29th by Magellan Strategies, a Republican-affiliated polling firm.

In addition to showing broad support in these conservative districts for the components of House immigration bill HR 15, including a path to citizenship, the polls also reveal that Americans are hungry for leadership, bipartisanship, and problem-solving.  Voters in these districts across the board would have a more favorable opinion of their respective Representatives if they were to work with other Republicans and Democrats to pass immigration reform.

According to Patty Kupfer, Managing Director of America’s Voice:

Republicans in California know how this story goes. They’ve seen the consequences of letting the immigration issue fester and they’ve suffered the consequences. What these polls show is that there’s a real way out for these members of Congress. Voters are saying this is good policy. They want this issue solved and they want both parties to step up, lead and work together. That’s the leadership we’ve seen from Jeff Denham and David Valadao. It’s time for the rest of the California Republicans to take their party forward, not get stuck in mistakes of the past.

Highlights from the poll results follow below.

Click here for the results to the toplines in Rep. Issa’s district and here for the crosstabs.   

Click here for results to the toplines in Rep. McCarthy’s district and here for results to the crosstabs.

Click here for the results to the toplines in Rep. McKeon’s district and here for the crosstabs.   

 

Results in Rep. Darrell Issa’s District

According to the results, 74% of likely 2014 voters support legislation along the lines of HR 15, including 72% of Republicans.  If Rep. Issa were to sponsor legislation along these lines, 43% of voters say they would have a more favorable opinion of him,  while 32% say it would not change their opinion either way.  Fifty percent of Republicans say they would have a more favorable view of Issa if he sponsors the bill.

Further, a full 70% of voters—and 76% of Republicans—said that they support the path to citizenship that includes the requirements laid out in HR 15.  When asked to choose between a plan that includes citizenship for all 11 million immigrants or a plan that would provide legal status without citizenship, sixty percent of voters said that they prefer an inclusive path to citizenship that deals with all the 11 million, while 20% say they prefer a plan with legal status only.

 

Results in Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s District

According to the results, 76% of likely 2014 voters support legislation along the lines of HR 15, including 74% of Republicans.  If Rep. McCarthy were to sponsor legislation along these lines, 45% of voters say they would have a more favorable opinion of him,  while 27% say it would not change their opinion either way.  Forty-eight percent of Republicans say they would have a more favorable view of McCarthy if he sponsors the bill.

Further, a full 73% of voters—and 76% of Republicans—said that they support the path to citizenship that includes the requirements laid out in HR 15.  When asked to choose between citizenship for all 11 million immigrants or just immigrant youth (DREAMers), fifty-two percent of voters prefer an inclusive path to citizenship that deals with all the 11 million, while 33% say they prefer a path that deals with DREAMers only.

 

Results in Rep. Buck McKeon’s District

According to the results, 73% of likely 2014 voters support legislation along the lines of HR 15, including 65% of Republicans.  If Rep. McKeon were to sponsor legislation along these lines, 41% of voters say they would have a more favorable opinion of him,  while 31% say it would not change their opinion either way.  Forty-four percent of Republicans say they would have a more favorable view of McKeon if he sponsors the bill.

Further, a full 69% of voters—and 73% of Republicans—said that they support the path to citizenship that includes the requirements laid out in HR 15.  When asked to choose between a plan that includes citizenship for all 11 million immigrants or a plan that would provide legal status without citizenship, sixty-one percent of voters said that they prefer an inclusive path to citizenship that deals with all the 11 million, while 20% say they prefer a plan with legal status only.

RESOURCES:

Links to Poll Results in Rep. Issa’s District

Links to Poll Results in Rep. McCarthy’s District

Links to Poll Results in Rep. McKeon’s District

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