Poll: Most Americans Give Obama Failing Grade on Immigration Crisis

Image: Poll: Most Americans Give Obama Failing Grade on Immigration Crisis Immigrants who were caught crossing the border illegally are housed inside the McAllen Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas on July 15.

Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 09:35 AM

By Drew MacKenzie

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Nearly 6 out of every 10 Americans disapprove of the way that President Barack Obama is handling the influx of illegal immigrants into the United States, a new poll shows.

The Washington Post-ABC News poll reveals that 58 percent of Americans, including 54 percent of Latinos, are disappointed with his policies on the surge of thousands of undocumented immigrants, many of them children, across the southern border.

Only 1 in 3 Americans, 33 percent, say they support the actions that Obama is taking to prevent the floods of illegals and the resulting humanitarian crisis.

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The results are seen as a political setback for Obama who was re-elected two years ago with 71 percent support from Latino voters, according to The Washington Post.

However, the numbers are even worse for Republicans in Congress on the way they are dealing with the crisis. Fewer than 1 in 4 Americans, 23 percent, approve of how Republicans have handled the issue, while 66 percent gave the GOP poor marks on the issue.

But there was better news for Obama when it comes to how Americans feel about his request to Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funding to address the humanitarian problem while speeding up deportations.

A majority of Americans, 53 percent, said they support Obama’s proposal, while 43 percent disapproved. The survey revealed that just as many oppose the idea "strongly" as passionately support it.

The poll of 1,016 adults was conducted July 9-13, and has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.

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