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Poll: Amnesty Plan 'Favorable' to Likely 2016 Voters

By    |   Monday, 24 November 2014 03:05 PM

Despite the push-back from many in the GOP, a new poll has found deep support for President Barack Obama's executive order offering amnesty provisions to some illegal alien residents, The Hill reported.

The Nov. 19-20 poll of 800 likely 2016 voters by Hart Research Associates found that 67 percent viewed as favorable Obama's decision to act alone — rather than wait for legislative action by Congress — to slow down deportations of law-abiding immigrants who had been in the U.S. for a time. Just 28 percent of those surveyed saw the decision as unfavorable, according to the survey, The Hill noted.

The Hart pollsters noted that the support for Obama's actions incorporated "a majority of voters in every region of the country, among both men and women, and in states won by both Barack Obama (67 percent favorable) and Mitt Romney (65 percent favorable). Younger voters under age 35 express particularly strong support (72 percent), but more than 60 percent feel favorable in every age cohort."

According to Obama's proposal, immigrant parents of children born in the U.S. may stay and work in the country without fear of deportation if they have been inside the country for five years, have paid taxes and are able to pass a criminal background check.

As the issue continues to draw political backlash, those surveyed in the Hart poll also registered wide support for shoring up the nation's border with Mexico by shifting more resources to those areas. About 79 percent said this was favorable while 16 percent called it unfavorable, the Hart survey found.

Other polling has found far less support for amnesty including among Hispanic voters and Democrats, according to the Weekly Standard.

Close to half of Americans said in advance of Obama's announcement of the specifics of his executive order that they opposed such a decision, according to NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released last week. In that same survey, 37 percent supported it and 14 said they were unsure or had not yet formed an opinion, the Weekly Standard reported.

Immigration reform will no doubt be a hot topic when the new Congress convenes in January with Republicans in control of both chambers and Democrats attempting to sell the president's unilateral actions, The Washington Post reported.

Citing the NBC poll, the Post notes the dilemma faced by Washington in the months ahead.

"While only 38 percent support executive action, it also finds that 57 percent support a path to citizenship for all undocumented immigrants, which suggests that even people who agree with Democrats on what needs to be done on immigration may have a tough time accepting unilateral action on the issue," the Post said.

The NBC poll also found that Americans approve of some strict conditions put on immigrants who want a legal way to stay, according to the Post, which added that Americans' 57 percent support for a pathway to citizenship jumps to 74 percent support when those immigrants are required to pay back taxes and pass a background check.

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Despite the push-back from many in the GOP,a new poll has found deep support for President Barack Obama's executive order offering amnesty provisions to some illegal alien residents, The Hill reported.
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