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Poll: Most Voters Want Immigration Reform, Sequestration Eased

By    |   Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 09:30 PM

A majority of voters want Congress to pass immigration reform and ease back on sequestration, according to a new poll.

The poll from consultants Benenson Strategy Group and SKD Knickerbocker showed 69 percent of voters want Congress to pass legislation dealing with immigration — including 50 percent of Republicans. Democrats and independents widely favored a reform-focused approach.

Forty-eight percent said Congress should pass a plan "that strengthens border security, and provides a pathway to citizenship for undocumented workers if they undergo a background check, pay taxes, and learn English," according to the poll.

The survey also found 73 percent of voters want to lift some sequestration caps created in 2011. Forty-three percent want sequestration ended and replaced with a bipartisan compromise; 30 percent said they'd back a partial repeal by eliminating caps on defense spending — an idea Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain and some other Republicans have proposed, The Hill notes.

Just over a quarter of voters said sequestration should be kept in place.

The BSG/SKDK poll also showed 60 percent of voters favor a president that prioritizes economic growth over economic fairness, though 76 percent of respondents said they supported raising taxes on the wealthy and 88 percent said they supported cutting taxes for the middle class.

On the subject of minorities and the police, roughly three quarters of voters trust the police, though the racial divide is wide: 70 percent of whites said the decisions of two grand juries — one in Missouri and one in New York — not to indict white police officers who killed black men were isolated incidents and that the justice system was fair.

But 82 percent of black voters said the decisions showed the system treats them differently than whites. Fifty-four percent of Hispanics agreed the system treats blacks differently.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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