The majority of Americans want common-sense comprehensive reform of our broken immigration system.

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We’ve all seen immigration play out as the hot-button issue that talk radio hosts love to flog, but today Joseph Boven has a thorough rundown of how immigration is actually playing out in elections — politicians beware. According to his piece in today’s Colorado Independent:”According to nonpartisan pollster Floyd Ciruli, however, illegal immigration merely rallies the base. He told The Colorado Independent that relative to other issues, immigration is a fairly stable policy topic. Politicians and voters know where they stand.

Here’s a splashy headline CNN released last week: “CNN Poll: 3 out of 4 want illegal immigration decreased.” Sounds pretty tough on immigrants, right? Rough week for common-sense immigration reform? Actually, no. See, CNN asked whether Americans wanted more or less illegal immigration. Since most advocates agree that more illegal immigration would be undesirable, this question doesn’t say much. If you do the math, CNN could have just as easily released their poll with this headline: “CNN Poll: 2 of 3 Americans want immigrants legalized, not deported.”

A recent survey from Benenson Strategy Group shows strong support for comprehensive immigration reform across the spectrum, including Republican voters. This is a clear case where the conventional wisdom about the politics of immigration is dead wrong. Read on for a snapshot of where Republican voters are on the issue, by the numbers.

It’s not just the Wall Street Journal. Kos, founder of the progressive political site Daily Kos, digs into our new polling figures today: “So check it — conventional wisdom is that tough economic times generates anti-immigrant sentiment, but these numbers are stellar. And that’s just asking people about “comprehensive immigration reform”. Look what happens when they are told what that actually means…”

New public opinion research by Lake Research Partners showed up in the Wall Street Journal yesterday, ripping to shreds the conventional wisdom that immigration reform can’t happen in a down economy: “If anything, the economic climate has actually improved the environment for immigration reform, at least as far as the public is concerned,” said Celinda Lake, who heads Lake Research Partners.”

A poll of 500 likely voters each in three battleground Congressional districts finds strong support for comprehensive immigration reform. Majorities of voters in Idaho’s 1st Congressional District, Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District, and California’s 3rd Congressional District believe that comprehensive reform will help taxpayers and is a fair solution to our broken immigration system. They also believe that Congress can and should address immigration reform at the same time it handles other issues. Nearly two-thirds of respondents in these districts support comprehensive immigration reform when asked generically, while nearly nine in ten support comprehensive reform upon hearing a description of the policy’s details.

A poll of 1,000 likely voters throughout the country finds widespread support for a comprehensive immigration reform across demographics. The majority of participants perceive an economic and fiscal benefit to immigration reform and want Congress to address the economy and immigration reform simultaneously. While approximately 2/3 of voters support reform prior to hearing key components of the legislation, a detailed description of a comprehensive reform proposal receives support from nearly 9 in 10 voters.

Yesterday’s Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing, following the President’s Wednesday press conference, placed immigration squarely on the map. It stands as yet another clear sign post that immigration reform is moving forward, as new polling shows a whopping sixty-one percent of Americans favor a “pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.” With the new polling released yesterday, President Obama’s renewed pledge on immigration, and this week’s hearing, it’s clear the American people want action and solutions on the big issues before us, not excuses for inaction and mere finger-pointing.

The Washington Post-ABC News conducted a telephone poll of 1,072 adults from April 21- 24, 2009. The poll had a margin of error of +/-3%. Sixty-one percent of respondents supported a program allowing undocumented immigrants in the United States to live here legally after meeting certain requirements.To the question “Would you support or oppose a… Continue »