Republicans Like Totally Back Comprehensive Immigration Reform!
It’s apparently Monday Poll day at Politico. They have one saying that most people favor legislation that tightens background checks for gun purchases. That’s rather common sense. It’s when Democrats start adding all the restrictions on legal purchases by law abiding citizens that we run into trouble. Then there’s a poll that shows Democrats are in serious trouble come the mid-terms. We’ll come back to that in a bit. And now we come to the immigration poll, which Politico trumpets the Republican backing in their headline
Comprehensive immigration reform enjoys broad bipartisan support, but is particularly intense among Hispanic voters, who are most likely to weigh the issue heavily as they assess candidates, according to a new POLITICO poll of voters in places with the most competitive House and Senate races.
Seventy-one percent of likely voters surveyed – and nine of 10 Hispanics – said they back sweeping change to immigration laws. The support spans party lines: 64 percent of Republican respondents back comprehensive immigration reform, as do 78 percent of Democrats and 71 percent of independents.
So, doom for Republicans. Amnesty supporters will highlight this poll as proof that people want amnesty, er, a pathway to citizenship, in order to push Republicans to vote for that type of comprehensive immigration legislation. The problem is, what does the question asked mean? Let’s look at it (BTW, the numbers in the excerpt seem to be a bit off from the poll itself, which says 73% important and 26% unimportant)
How important is the issue of comprehensive immigration reform in determining which candidate you support in November?
The question is, what kind of comprehensive immigration reform? I back it, in a manner that will shut down illegal immigration and force as many illegals out of the country as possible, mostly through putting huge burdens on companies that hire illegals (both those who came illegal and those who overstayed their visas) and entities that sponsor them (in regards to those who overstay their visas). It would say if you’re illegal, you are gone, regardless of roots and anchor babies. There would be some carve-outs for those who truly want to be Americans, but those would be minimal.
Let’s also look at something else in the poll: just 3% find immigration to be the issue that concerns them the most. The economy tops the list at 50% in general. Health care at 12%.
The survey, which was conducted in both English and Spanish, found that 41 percent of Hispanic voters “strongly support” comprehensive immigration reform; while 28 percent of white voters and 17 percent of African American voters said the same.
The very fact that it has to be conducted in Spanish, to go with the English, highlights that many people do not care about becoming Americans and being part of our society. Let’s go to the Democrats are doomed article
By comparison, only 28 percent said that immigration reform was “very important” to determining their vote, and 16 percent who said the same of male-female income disparity.
That’s highlighting that almost 90% find that Obamacare would be important for their vote in 2014. So, not very for immigration.
In the congressional districts and states where the 2014 elections will actually be decided, likely voters said they would prefer to vote for a Republican over a Democrat by 7 points, 41 percent to 34 percent. A quarter of voters said they were unsure of their preference.
That said, 25% percent do not know yet, so the GOP needs to focus on what is important to people, not silly garbage like pushing amnesty.
Some other interesting points: people oppose gay marriage by 52-48%. I wonder why there’s no Politico article about that?
People oppose legalizing marijuana by 56-43%.
Only 19% support abortion with no restrictions. 35% want restrictions like parental notification and on late term abortion. 34% want an almost total ban, with allowances for rape, incest, and mother’s life at risk.
Furthermore, 60% say that the debate on Obamacare should not be over.
What this all says is that Republicans should focus on the dismal Obama economy and Ocare, highlighting the negatives under Democrat/Obama leadership, and offer real solutions.
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