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.
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).
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.
Jefrey Pollock, Global Strategy GroupJon Lerner, Basswood Research
Voter Attitudes on Comprehensive Immigration Reform
May 6, 2013
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