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Poll Roundup: Majority of Americans Support Immigration Reform With Citizenship

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August 2, 2013

new Quinnipiac poll finds that 64 percent of voters support the Senate immigration bill, including 60 percent of Republicans. How to square this with polls showing that Republicans oppose a path to citizenship?

One possibility: when polls offer a stark choice — do you support citizenship or not — Republicans say No. But the Q-poll tells readers the Senate bill includes citizenship and conditions attached, plus a massive buildup of border security. Other polls that do this also find GOP support for this combination.

WSJ/NBC News Survey
July 17-21

  • 44% of respondents would blame Republicans in Congress if immigration reform fails, while 14% would blame Democrats
  • 36% believe that GOP “border first” arguments are a legitimate concern, compared to 59% who called it an “excuse to block reform.” Even among Republicans, 29% of respondents called waiting for border security an excuse

Sample size: 1000 Americans
Error margin: +/- 3.1 percentage points

United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection 
July 11-14

  • Only one in five say they want the GOP-controlled House to NOT act on immigration reform
  • Only 13% say they want the House to strip the eventual pathway to citizenship measure from the bill that passed the Democratic-controlled Senate.

Sample size: 1,002 adults
Error margin: +/- 3.6 percentage points

June-July 2013

  • 88% of Americans support allowing immigrants to become citizens
  • 83% of conservatives support allowing immigrants to become citizens


Jon Lerner
July 10, 2013

  • 78%-14% of Republicans choose imperfect solutions over status quo. This includes 75% of primary voters who support the Tea Party and 78% of primary voters who watch Fox News daily.
  • 70-22% Republicans support immigration reform that increases border security, requires job verification, and creates a path to citizenship.
  • 65% of Republicans support a path to citizenship with border security, and an additional 8% support citizenship even without border security. Only 21% of Republican primary voters oppose citizenship in all circumstances.

1,000 primary voting Republicans

Bloomberg Poll:

  • Approximately 3/4 of Americas say they favor a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants with no criminal records, who pay taxes and fines, and wait more than a decade.
  • 47% of responders say the passage of immigration legislation will be mostly good for the U.S. economy.

Respondents: 1,002 adults
Margin of Error: +/- 3.1%

June 23, 2013

  • A supermajority of respondents agree that the US cannot deport all immigrants, that it’s better for the economy if they become legal workers, and that they are hard workers who should have an opportunity to improve their lives–including a supermajority of Republicans.
  • 39% of Republican respondents said immigration reform would help the GOP in national elections, 38% said it wouldn’t make a difference, and 20% said it would hurt them.


Brock McCleary, Harper Polling and Tom Jensen, Public Policy Polling:
June 13th, 2013

  • Anywhere from 62%-80% of voters in the states polled support an immigration bill with a path to citizenship.
  • 55% of voters in Alaska, 58% in Arkansas, 61% in Kentucky, 63% in Louisiana, and 60%in North Carolina said they’d be more likely to reelect their Senator if they voted yes on this bill.

Each state poll has a minimum sample size of 500 respondents and a margin of error of less than 5%.

June 11-13, 2013

  • According to the poll, 51% say they support a bill that increases border security and creates a path to citizenship.

Respondents: 1,014 adults
Margin of Error: +/- 3%

The Iowa Poll (Selzer & Co.):
June 2-5, 2013

  • 54% of Iowans believe that a pathway to citizenship for undocumented workers is a worthy goal.
  • 68% of Democrats and 44% of Republicans call a pathway to citizenship a worthy goal.

Respondents: 809 adults
Margin of Error: +/- 3.4%

Gallup Poll:
June 15-16, 2013

  • 87% of Americans say they would vote for a pathway to citizenship for those who pay taxes, a fine, and wait 13 years.

Respondents: 1,015 adults
Margin of Error: +/-3%