Frank Sharry: “Whether through or around the parliamentarian, Democrats need to keep their promise to deliver on citizenship.”
Washington, DC – New bipartisan battleground state and district polling finds overwhelming support for delivering a pathway to citizenship in the budget reconciliation process. The polling was conducted for the American Business Immigration Council (ABIC) by the bipartisan pollsters of Matt Barreto of BSP Research and Daron Shaw of Shaw & Co. The research was conducted in 11 states – AZ, CO, GA, ME, MI, NH, NV, NC, PA, WV, WI – and 70 competitive U.S. House districts across 16 states. The poll included an oversample of Arizona (overall battleground memo here and Arizona oversample memo here). Findings include:
- 76-24% support for citizenship in reconciliation across 11 battleground states: Support for including a pathway to citizenship in the reconciliation bill ranged between 65 percent and 80 percent in the 11 states polled, with an overall average of 76-24% support for “undocumented immigrants to earn legal status if they pass a background check, learn English and pay a fine.”
- Support is widespread across party lines: This includes majority support among Republican voters (“Mostly vote Republican, sometimes Democrat” voters were 64-36% in favor of citizenship, while “Always vote Republican” voters were 51-49% in favor of citizenship).
- In Arizona specifically, voters supported citizenship by a 79-21% margin: Like the overall battleground polling, Arizona support is widespread across party lines, including majority support among Republican voters (“Mostly vote Republican, sometimes Democrat” voters in Arizona were 66-34% in favor of citizenship, while “Always vote Republican” voters in Arizona were 56-44% in favor of citizenship).
The new bipartisan, battleground polling mirrors the findings of other recent polling on citizenship – see here for an updated poll roundup.
According to Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice:
Whether through or around the parliamentarian, Democrats need to keep their promise to deliver on citizenship. The multiracial, multiethnic and multigenerational majority that mobilized to put Democrats in power will not accept a no because of a bad ruling from an unelected staff attorney. Democrats need to power through, and poll after poll show that the public is behind them.