Republican congressmen in seven GOP-held districts may have a tougher time being reelected if they don't support immigration reform or if the measure doesn't pass in the House this year, a new survey says.
The poll, released Tuesday by Public Policy Polling
, a Democratic-leaning through highly respected polling firm, revealed that nearly half of voters polled will be less likely to support their congressmen if an immigration reform measure doesn't pass.
In addition, voters said they were less likely to support GOP candidates overall if Republicans block immigration reform.
"There are going to be major political consequences for House Republicans if immigration reform doesn't pass this year," said Public Policy Polling director Tom Jensen. "Our polling makes it clear that swing district voters will hold it against their congressmen if this gets blocked."
The seven lawmakers in question — Jeff Denham, David Valadao and Gary Miller, all of California, Mike Coffman of Colorado, John Kline of Minnesota, Joe Heck of Nevada, and Mike Grimm of New York — serve in districts where there is high support for the Senate's immigration reform bill.
Between 61 percent and 69 percent of the people in those districts overwhelmingly support the Senate's reform plan, reports Politico,
and about three-fourths of the voters in each district think it's important to fix the U.S. immigration system this year.
The surveys were conducted between July 5-7, polling nearly 5,000 likely voters in California, Colorado, Minnesota, Nevada and New York.
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