New CNN polling finds, once again, that Americans across all partisan affiliations overwhelmingly support Congress protecting Dreamers. Meanwhile, nearly two-thirds of the public holds either President Trump or congressional Republicans responsible for the continued failure to pass legislation protecting Dreamers.
Among the key immigration takeaways from the new CNN polling include:
- By an 83-12% margin, Americans support policies allowing Dreamers to remain in America: A series of four CNN polls asking this question since last September has found remarkable consistency — between 82-84% of the public backs a policy keeping Dreamers in the U.S., while between 11-14% of the public opposes. The CNN numbers echo those from other national polls from Quinnipiac, Marist, CBS News, Fox News, and Washington Post/ABC News, each of which has found that at least 80% of the public supports protecting and legalizing Dreamers.
- Support for Dreamers is overwhelming across party lines: Democratic respondents support policies to keep Dreamers here in America by a 94-4% margin, Independents by 83-14%, and Republicans by 67-21%.
- Two-of-three Americans hold either President Trump or congressional Republicans responsible for the failure to thus far protect Dreamers: A combined 64% of respondents hold either President Trump (33%) or congressional Republicans (31%) responsible for the continued failure to protect Dreamers, while only 17% hold congressional Democrats responsible.
- 73% of voters say immigration either “extremely” or “very important” to their 2018 vote and Democrats more passionately engaged on issue than Republicans: When asked how important immigration would be to their vote for Congress this year, a combined 73% of respondents said either “extremely” (38%) or “very important” (35%), while 22% said “moderately important” and 5% said “not that important.” Of note, the intensity sides with Democrats, as 48% described immigration as “extremely important” to their 2018 vote, compared to 32% of Republicans.