A strong majority of Americans – 62 percent – support allowing illegal and undocumented immigrants to earn citizenship, compared to 35 percent who are opposed, according to a poll from Politico/George Washington University
Among Republicans, the idea receives plurality support, with 49 percent in favor and 45 percent opposed. Democrats favor the idea 74 percent to 24 percent. And among independents, 61 percent support it, while 35 percent are opposed.
The idea of allowing children of illegal or undocumented immigrants to stay here permanently if they complete a college degree or serve in the military (part of the DREAM Act) receives an even stronger majority of 77 percent. Only 19 percent are opposed.
Some Americans apparently don’t feel President Barack Obama has gone far enough in easing immigration rules. A total of 48 percent disapprove of his immigration policy, and 45 percent approve.
Republican pollster Ed Goeas, who helped conduct the bipartisan survey, says Republicans shouldn’t view an immigration reform bill as a cure-all. “Immigration just gets us a seat at the table. That maybe gets them to listen to us,” he said. “It does not get us votes.” In any case, “We need to do it because it’s the right thing to do, not to get a constituency,” Goeas said.
Meanwhile, Democratic pollster Celinda Lake, who also helped on the survey, said, “The public is there for immigration reform. The Republicans are marginalizing themselves and losing Latino voters, and their own base is not even with them.”
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