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Polls of Eight Congressional Districts Show Benefit of Voting for Reform

by Guest Blogger on 10/29/2013 at 4:35pm

New Public Policy Polling (PPP) polls of eight congressional districts, commissioned by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), show that Republican House members can begin to rebuild the damage to their popularity caused by the government shutdown if they vote for commonsense immigration reform.

Said SEIU Executive Vice President Rocio Saenz:

It’s clear from these polls that Republicans were damaged by the government shutdown and that voters want their representatives to work on fixing the problems facing America, in this case immigration reform,”“Speaker Boehner, by siding with extremists in his party and refusing to schedule a vote on immigration, is putting at risk members of his caucus who could otherwise side with  their constituents and vote for immigration reform. Republicans, Independents, Democrats, faith, business and labor leaders are united in calling for a vote on citizenship for immigrants this year. It’s time for the Republican leadership to listen to the American public and schedule a vote on immigration reform.

Listed below are the members of Congress whose districts were polled, next to the percentage of voters in their district that support immigration reform with a path to citizenship:

Rep. District % of Voters Support
Gary Miller CA-31 66
Rodney Davis IL-13 69
John Kline MN-2 78
Frank LoBiondo NJ-2 71
Mike Grimm NY-11 72
Joe Heck NV-3 65
David Joyce OH-14 76
Mike Fitzpatrick PA-8 77

As Tom Jensen, Director of Public Policy Polling, said:

Voters in swing districts continue to be mad at their House members about the shutdownBut we also find that immigration reform is extremely popular – across party lines – and that voters will be more inclined to vote for their representatives next year if they vote for it.

Links to a summary memo and each poll are below:

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