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New Polls: Republicans and Independents in Key Swing Districts Want Congress to Pass Immigration Reform with a Pathway to Citizenship This Year

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Below is a press release on new polling from Public Policy Polling and the Alliance for Citizenship:

PPP Pollster Says: “House Republicans Could Face Voter Backlash” 

As House Republicans get ready to hold their immigration summit on Wednesday, July 10, Public Policy Polling released seven new polls today showing voters—including majorities of Republicans and Independents—want Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform this year.

“These poll results should be a wake-up call for House Republicans to act now to pass economy-boosting immigration reform – reform that creates jobs, spurs new business formation, and strengthens local economies across America,” said David Borris, a small business leader with the Main Street Alliance network. “Earlier polling from this spring showed that small business owners across party lines support reform with a path to citizenship by wide margins. These new poll results today show Republican and Independent voters in these congressional districts do, too. Small business owners are looking to Republicans in the House to step up and be leaders to fix this national crisis.”

A closer look at the polling results show that Republican and Independent voters support the same immigration policy as Democrats, and regardless of party affiliation, voters said they would reward politicians who vote for it. There’s also a sense of urgency for immigration reform among voters, with 75 to 78% of voters in each district saying they think it’s important that Congress fix our country’s immigration system this year.

“There are going to be major political consequences for House Republicans if immigration reform doesn’t pass this year,” said Tom Jensen, Director of Public Policy Polling. “Our polling makes it clear that swing district voters will hold it against their Congressmen if this gets blocked.”

Faith leaders, labor, small business owners, immigration activists and supporters, DREAMers, and others have held more than 100 events over the last 10 days in 36 states calling on House Republicans to bring a vote to the floor for citizenship.

In the lead-up to the House Republicans’ meeting, there are 30 events in 12 states where families and community supporters are staging events in front of Republican Party headquarters and Republican congressional offices.

Tomorrow in Washington, DC, more than 1,000 activists and supporters—and 500 DREAMers—will rally at2:30pm on Capitol Hill as House Republicans prepare for their caucus summit to determine how they move forward on immigration reform.

Voters surveyed were from seven swing congressional districts CA-10 (Rep. Jeff Denham), CA-21 (Rep. David Valadao), CA-31 (Rep. Gary Miller), CO-6 (Rep. Mike Coffman), MN-2 (Rep. John Kline), NV-3 (Rep. Joe Heck), and NY-11 (Rep. Michael Grimm).

View a summary of the polling.