Here’s a splashy headline CNN released last week: “CNN Poll: 3 out of 4 want illegal immigration decreased.” Sounds pretty tough on immigrants, right? Rough week for common-sense immigration reform? Actually, no. See, CNN asked whether Americans wanted more or less illegal immigration. Since most advocates agree that more illegal immigration would be undesirable, this question doesn’t say much. If you do the math, CNN could have just as easily released their poll with this headline: “CNN Poll: 2 of 3 Americans want immigrants legalized, not deported.”
It’s not just the Wall Street Journal. Kos, founder of the progressive political site Daily Kos, digs into our new polling figures today: “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…”
New public opinion research by Lake Research Partners showed up in the Wall Street Journal yesterday, ripping to shreds the conventional wisdom that immigration reform can’t happen in a down economy: “If anything, the economic climate has actually improved the environment for immigration reform, at least as far as the public is concerned,” said Celinda Lake, who heads Lake Research Partners.”
FAIR’s New Report Misses the Real Numbers of Americans Who Want Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
Likely voters significantly favor comprehensive immigration reform, a new Zogby/Inter-American Dialogue survey shows. “When presented with more specific parameters of a path to citizenship, however, there was a marked increase in support. Sixty-seven percent would support a path to citizenship for immigrants in the U.S. illegally if they pay taxes, pay a penalty and learn English — 80% of Democrats, 57% of Republicans and 62% of political independents agree with this new path to citizenship.”
Immigration08.com Partner NDN released the results of a new set of polls this week that evaluate where voters in the states of Florida, Colorado, New Mexico, and Nevada stand on the issue of immigration reform. NDN’s results in these key battleground states prove conventional wisdom wrong once again. The states’ voters overwhelmingly support comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to citizenship for undocumented workers.