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Rasmussen: 1 in 2 Voters Disapprove of Obama's Amnesty Order

By    |   Monday, 24 November 2014 01:59 PM

A full half of U.S. voters do not approve of President Barack Obama's immigration executive order, and most think the plan will attract more people to the country illegally and be bad for the economy, a Rasmussen Reports survey finds

The national telephone survey of 1,000 likely voters also revealed that 40 percent of them approve of the new plan to allow millions of immigrants to avoid deportation and apply for work permits.

The number took a slight dip after Obama actually announced the plan Thursday. Before the announcement, a separate survey found that 53 percent of American voters opposed the plan, while 34 percent were in favor.

In addition to opposing the plan, most Americans don't think it will be good for the economy. Forty-nine percent of the voters polled think the plan will be bad; 29 percent think it will be good; and 13 percent said they do not think the plan will affect the economy at all.

Meanwhile, the poll, which carried a sampling error of plus-or-minus 3 percentage points, revealed that 55 percent of the likely voters polled think the plan will bring more immigrants into the country, but 11 percent think the number will decrease. Twenty-six percent, though, think the plan will not affect the incoming numbers.

But even though most of the voters don't approve of the plan, they also don't think the new Republican-controlled Congress should file a lawsuit to stop it.

Instead, 44 percent think Congress should work on the plan to improve it, 21 percent think it should be challenged, and 25 percent think Obama's plan should be replaced completely through immigration reform laws designed by Congress.

Just two months ago, in September, 62 percent of voters said they opposed Obama's granting amnesty to immigrants without Congress' approving the measure. At that time, 55 percent of the voters also called for Congress to challenge a presidential executive order on the issue.

The opinions were divided mainly along party lines, with 63 percent of Democrats in favor and 75 percent of Republicans and 54 percent of non-affiliated voters opposing.

Fifty-nine percent of Democrats and 40 percent of unaffiliated voters think Congress should fix Obama's plan, but 30 percent of the unaffiliated voters would rather replace the plan.

Republicans were divided on the plan, with 32 percent wanting it challenged in court, 31 percent wanting it improved, and 32 percent wanting it dropped entirely.

Minorities were also widely in favor of Obama's plan, with 65 percent of black voters and 53 percent of other minorities approving. Only 34 percent of the white voters, however, agreed.

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A full half of U.S. voters do not approve of President Barack Obama's immigration executive order, and most think the plan will attract more people to the country illegally and be bad for the economy, a new Rasmussen Reports survey finds
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