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Voter Attitudes on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Voter Attitudes on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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The American electorate strongly supports passage of an immigration reform bill within the framework of the “Gang of Eight” proposal, according to a bipartisan nationwide survey of likely general election voters conducted by Democratic polling firm Global Strategy Group and Republican polling firm Basswood Research.
The American electorate strongly supports passage of an immigration reform bill within the framework of the “Gang of Eight” proposal, according to a bipartisan nationwide survey of likely general election voters conducted by Democratic polling firm Global Strategy Group and Republican polling firm Basswood Research.

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Broad Support for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Proposal Popular Among Conservatives, Liberals and Swing Voters
The American electorate strongly supports passage of an immigration reform bill within the framework of the “Gang of Eight” proposal, according to a bipartisan nationwide survey of likely general election votersconducted by Democratic polling firm Global Strategy Group and Republican polling firm BasswoodResearch.
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Comprehensive immigration reform and its individual components are supported both byvoters overall and those from across the political spectrum, including conservative Republicans, liberalDemocrats, and swing voters (those who are not strong partisans and who self-describe as equally likelyto vote for candidates from either party). Key findings are as follows:
Voters of all ideologies overwhelmingly support a comprehensive immigration reform package.
 Aclear majority of voters (71% support/20% oppose) are in favor of passing an immigration reform proposaldescribed as including a pathway to citizenship, allowing more high-skilled workers and guest workersinto the country, increasing border security, and creating employer verification requirements.
74% of conservative Republicans support comprehensive immigration reform
67% of swing voters support comprehensive immigration reform
78% of liberal Democrats support comprehensive immigration reform
Supporting the proposal is a net positive for Congressional candidates.
Four in ten voters (42%) aremore likely to vote for a candidate for Congress who supports comprehensive immigration reform, while just 12% say they are less likely to support a candidate who supports it. Again, this finding holds trueacross conservative Republicans (45% more likely/13% less likely), liberal Democrats (51%/6%) andswing voters (38%/13%).
A strong majority of voters support every key component in the bill, including a pathway tocitizenship.
Nearly two-thirds of voters nationwide support a pathway to citizenship (64% support/32%oppose). Support for other key elements of the plan are as follows:
91% of voters support and 8% oppose requiring that employers verify the legal status of new hires
81% of voters support and 16% oppose increasing border security
66% of voters support and 29% oppose allowing more high-skilled workers into the country
59% of voters support and 38% oppose allowing more guest workers into the country
Each of these proposals earns at least 50% support – and in many cases much higher levels of support from each of the three ideological groups referenced in this memo (conservativeRepublicans, swing voters, liberal Democrats).
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This survey was conducted among 1,232 likely general election voters nationwide between April 20 and April 24, 2013. Themargin of error at the 95% confidence level is+/- 2.8 percentage points.
MEMORANDUM
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Interested Parties
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Jefrey Pollock, Global Strategy GroupJon Lerner, Basswood Research
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Voter Attitudes on Comprehensive Immigration Reform
DATE
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May 6, 2013
NEW YORK WASHINGTON, D.C. HARTFORD LOS ANGELESGLOBALSTRATEGYGROUP.COM
 
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Support for a pathway to citizenship rises even higher when paired with increased bordesecurity.
Nearly four-fifths of voters (78%) support providing a pathway to citizenship either in conjunctionwith increasing border security (53%) or with no additional requirements (25%), while less than one-fifth(17%) of voters would oppose a pathway to citizenship under all circumstances.
Very few voters oppose a pathway to citizenship under all circumstances – just 18% of conservativeRepublicans, 18% of swing voters and 10% of liberal Democrats hold this view.
Conservative Republicans join all other voters in rejecting deportation.
 A decisive majority of voters(72%) prefer allowing undocumented immigrants “to become American citizens after at least 13 years andafter several requirements are met including paying back taxes and passing a criminal backgroundcheck.” Meanwhile, just 20% say we should “deport them or encourage them to leave the country.”
Just 29% of conservative Republicans are in favor of a deportation approach, while 66% prefer thecitizenship approach.
TOPLINE RESULTS FOR KEY IMMIGRATION QUESTIONS
As you may have heard, there is a proposal facing Congress to reform the nation's immigration laws.This proposal would establish a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants presently in thecountry as long as they pass a criminal background check, pay a fine and back taxes, learn English, and wait at least 13 years.The plan would also allow more high-skilled immigrants into the country in technology, science and engineering fields and create aguest worker program to address labor shortages in industries like agriculture and construction. Finally, the plan would require aseries of increased border security measures before anyone here illegally can apply for citizenship - including greater enforcement,extended fencing along the border and a requirement that all employers verify the legal status of individuals before hiring them.Do you support or oppose thisproposal?
[IF CHOICE]
Do you feelthat way strongly or justsomewhat?
TotalLib DemSwingCons GOP
Strongly support............................................................................................................................................................34% 37% 31% 34%Somewhat support........................................................................................................................................................38 42 35 40Somewhat oppose.........................................................................................................................................................10 9 8 9Strongly oppose............................................................................................................................................................11 5 14 10
VOL:
(DK/Refused)................................................................................................................................................................8 7 11 7SUPPORT (NET)..........................................................................................................................................................71%78 67 74OPPOSE (NET).............................................................................................................................................................20 14 22 19
Would you be more or less likely tovote for a candidate for Congress who supports this immigrationproposal or would it make nodifference in your vote?
[IFMORE/LESS LIKELY]
Is that much
[MORE/LESS LIKELY]
or justsomewhat?
TotalLib DemSwingCons GOP
Much more likely...........................................................................................................................................................17% 25% 15% 18%Somewhat more likely...................................................................................................................................................24 26 23 26No difference.................................................................................................................................................................43 39 45 40Somewhat less likely.....................................................................................................................................................6 4 8 6Much less likely.............................................................................................................................................................6 2 5 7
VOL:
(DK/Refused)................................................................................................................................................................4 4 4 2MORE LIKELY (NET)....................................................................................................................................................42%51 38 45LESS LIKELY (NET).....................................................................................................................................................12 6 13 13

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