More than six out of 10 Americans believe U.S. troops and relief workers should remain in Haiti until life is more or less back to normal, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll released Monday found.

The Center for American Progress has a great snapshot of public opinion on immigration today. The piece begins: “There’s no doubt the politics of immigration reform are very complicated and that getting a bill through Congress will not be easy. But it’s important to be clear that the public is quite supportive of immigration reform, especially reform that is comprehensive and does not simply focus on punitive measures. This has been true of the public for some time and a new Benenson Strategy Group poll for America’s Voice demonstrates that it is still true today.”

Pundits and unnamed politicos have long been arguing that Congress won’t deal with reform in 2010. But, according to an article in today’s Politico, not only is immigration reform in the mix, it’s got a pretty fierce champion in the Senate:

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is heading for a collision with Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) over whose pet issue will get top billing in the Senate later this year.

Schumer is taking a lead role in immigration — and is pushing Democrats to prioritize a potentially toxic issue leading up to the November elections. Kerry is a lead negotiator on climate change and is demanding that a climate bill get pushed to the front of the line.

We couldn’t agree more with Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) when he says President Obama: “…Must lead on immigration by offering specific proposals to secure our borders, upholding the rule of law and treating illegal immigrants with justice and compassion.” But saying the right thing is not the same as doing the right thing. Though Sen. Cornyn has consistently said we need comprehensive immigration reform, he has also consistently voted against it – even when there was a bill strongly supported by a Republican administration. Cornyn’s actions don’t match his words and that’s the kind of “consistency” real supporters of immigration reform can do without.

New polling released by the Pew Research Center today explores racial attitudes one year after the historic election of President Barack Obama. While the phone-based (land line and cellular) poll found increasing optimism among African Americans, and decreasing racial tension among white and black Americans, it uncovered deep concerns about race among Latinos– perhaps unsurprising given the unresolved immigration debate in this country.

As the U.S. unemployment rate hovers at around 10 percent, a key question is emerging in the unfolding immigration reform debate: whether legalizing millions of undocumented immigrants will further erode the economy or speed its recovery.

One year after the election of President Barack Obama, black optimism about America has surged, while Hispanics have become more skeptical about race relations, according to a Pew Research Center poll released Tuesday.

In December, the anti-immigration organization CIS hired the polling firm Zogby International to conduct a survey that claims to have found broad opposition among people of faith for comprehensive immigration reform. While it’s unsurprising that CIS would try to push back against recent public proclamations in support of immigration reform from Catholic, evangelical, and Jewish faith leaders, by steering poll results toward the organization’s desired conclusions, the poll runs smack into some fairly troubling breaches of methodology.

A poll of 800 likely 2010 general election voters finds that support for comprehensive immigration reform remains strong, even in a down economy. This latest research tests public opinion at three crucial moments of time – November 2008, May 2009, and December 2009 and finds continued strong support for comprehensive immigration reform. Support for reform also crosses party lines, with majorities of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents favoring the comprehensive solution to a temporary fix or mass deportation.

The battle in Washington over reforming health care has been in the headlines for months, and Latino voters, like the rest of America, expect to see results. But as a poll released yesterday by Impremedia, Latino Decisions and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows, even success in passing health-care reform won’t let President Obama and the Democrats off the hook with Latinos for their promise to fix the immigration system.

84% of the 1000 registered Latino voters surveyed consider it “important, very important or extremely important” that immigration reform is passed before the 2010 midterm elections. That’s almost equal to the amount, 86%, of Latino voters who consider health-care reform important.