Poll: Voters Show Widespread Support for Immigration Reform

Monday, 19 May 2014 09:19 AM

By Melanie Batley

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Large majorities of voters across the political spectrum support comprehensive immigration reform in constituencies that have the most competitive House and Senate races in 2014, a new poll has found.

According to a poll conducted by Politico on May 2-13 of 867 likely voters, 71 percent of voters said they support sweeping changes to the immigration laws, including 64 percent of Republicans, 78 percent of Democrats, and 71 percent of independents.

Overall, just 28 percent of respondents said they oppose reform, with 12 percent who said they strongly oppose it.

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Immigration reform is of particular importance to Hispanic voters, a group that also feels most strongly about the issue compared to other subgroups surveyed.

Specifically, 85 percent of Hispanic voters said the issue was "important" in determining which candidate they would choose, and 53 percent said it was "very important." By comparison, 74 percent of white voters and 58 percent of African-American voters called it important.

Meanwhile, 41 percent of Hispanic voters "strongly support" reform, compared to 28 percent of white voters and 17 percent of African-American voters who said the same.

The Senate passed a comprehensive bipartisan immigration reform bill last year, but reform measures in the House remain stalled amid clashes about the merits of a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants.

Regardless of the widespread support for immigration reform, the poll also found that the issue ranks low on a list of voter concerns, which are dominated by issues surrounding the economy and healthcare.

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