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New Poll: Voters in Key Texas Districts Looking for Farenthold and Poe to Lead on Immigration

America's Voice | Released on 10/31/2013 at 3:36pm

texasResults Show Broad Support for House Immigration Bill and Path to Citizenship  

On the heels of new House Republicans cosponsoring the House immigration bill, HR 15, new polls in the districts of Reps. Blake Farenthold  (R-TX) and Ted Poe (R-TX) show that constituents support these measures by huge margins and are looking for their Representatives to follow the lead of these first three Republicans.

The polls, conducted by Magellan Strategies, a Republican affiliated polling firm and sponsored by America’s Voice, show that the vast majority of voters in both districts support immigration reform that creates a path to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans.  Additionally, the data also reveals that voters are hungry for leadership, bipartisanship, and problem-solving.  Voters in these districts would have a more favorable opinion of their respective Representatives if they began work with other Republicans and Democrats to pass immigration reform.

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

What are these guys so afraid of?  Their constituents want it.  Their party needs it.  And our movement is ready to keep the heat up until they deliver it.  While some Republicans have stepped up to lead their party into the future, Farenthold and Poe have at best issued vague sound bites.  Either show us you can deliver by signing onto the House immigration bill or get to work on your own bills. The future of the Republican party is at stake.

Highlights from the poll results follow below.

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

Click here for results to the toplines in Rep. Poe’s District and here for results to the crosstabs.

 

Results in Rep. Blake Farenthold’s District

According to the results, 77% of likely 2014 voters support legislation along the lines of HR 15, including 81% of Republicans.  If Rep. Farenthold were to sponsor legislation along these lines, 38% of voters say they would have a more favorable opinion of him,  while 28% say it would not change their opinion either way.  Forty-nine percent of Republicans say they would have a more favorable view of Farenthold if he sponsors the bill.

Further, a full 69% 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 provides legal status without citizenship, fifty-five percent of voters said that they prefer an inclusive path to citizenship that deals with all the 11 million, while 19% say they prefer a plan with legal status only.

 

Results in Rep. Ted Poe’s District

A new poll in Rep. Ted Poe’s district shows overwhelming support for immigration reform with a path to citizenship from likely 2014 voters across the political spectrum. According to the results, 79% of likely 2014 voters support legislation along the lines of HR 15, including 76% of Republicans.  If Rep. Poe were to sponsor legislation along these lines, 45% of voters say they would have a more favorable opinion of him,  while 25% say it would not change their opinion either way.  Fifty-seven percent of Republicans say they would have a more favorable view of Poe if he sponsors the bill.

Further, a full 72% of voters—and 83% 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-three percent of voters prefer an inclusive path to citizenship that deals with all the 11 million, while 28% say they prefer a path that deals with DREAMers only.

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Links to Poll Results in Rep. Farenthold’s District

Links to Poll Results in Rep. Poe’s District

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