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New Poll Results Show Strong Majorities Still Want National Fix to Immigration
Washington, DC – While much post-election analysis has highlighted how Latino voters were mobilized by the immigration debate and helped Democrats retain the Senate, new polling released today from Lake Research Partners on behalf of America’s Voice focus on the views of all voters toward immigration policy. The research finds that, despite midterm election gains by conservatives and Republicans, Americans’ support for comprehensive immigration reform has actually increased and that voters of every demographic and political subgroup remain broadly and intensely in favor of a national and practical fix to the immigration system.
Conducted between October 31st and November 2, 2010 and reaching a total of 1,200 likely and registered voters nationwide, the new polling was the topic of a press conference call held this morning. On the call, Celinda Lake, President of Lake Research Partners, said, “Support for comprehensive immigration reform is broad based and cuts across party lines. Ironically, Republicans are the strongest in their support of a number of these questions. Even 63% of Tea Party supporters support comprehensive immigration reform before hearing its full description – a level of support that jumped to 82% of Tea Party supporters after they heard a full description of reform.”
Looking toward the impending session of Congress and beyond, Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, said, “The American people are out in front of the politicians on this issue. There’s a vocal and visible anti-immigrant minority that makes some politicians believe they speak for the majority. As this polling makes clear, they don’t. In fact, strong majorities support comprehensive immigration reform and the DREAM Act and oppose mass deportation.”
David Mermin, Partner at Lake Research Partners, agreed with this assessment, saying, “Americans are practical on immigration issues. Seventy-six percent of Americans, across all demographic groups, believe it is unrealistic to try and deport 11 million undocumented immigrants – that is not a viable solution in the minds of voters. Instead, Americans support comprehensive immigration reform as a practical solution, even among a cranky electorate this year. Republican leaders thinking they have a mandate to pursue enforcement-only approaches are really mistaken.”
The key results from the polling include the following:
Added Sharry, “Congress should pass the DREAM Act before the end of the year. There’s strong public support and it’s teed up. Going forward, the nation is likely to be presented with a stark choice: the mass expulsion of millions of undocumented immigrants currently settled in the United States, a strategy expected to be aggressively pursued by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Rep. Steve King (R-IA), or comprehensive immigration reform that combines smart enforcement and earned citizenship as favored by most Democrats. If Republicans follow the path of Smith and King, they risk losing a chance to win back the White House. If Democrats stand up and fight for immigration reform, they will strengthen their hand with moderates, independents, and Latino voters alike.”
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