Poll: Voters Want A Total Revolt Against Immigration

I’m rather conflicted about this poll, too be honest. Much of it seems to be focused on legal immigration, when the focus should be on illegal immigration. But, there are some seriously interesting tidbits

(Breitbart) New polling data shows that it would be virtually impossible for Hillary Clinton to win the general election if the Republican nominee were able to frame the immigration issue in populist terms that emphasize reducing the overall amount of immigration into the country and protecting jobs, incomes, and benefits for the domestic population.

The poll was conducted by Gravis Marketing, a nonpartisan research firm, in conjunction with Breitbart News Network, and surveyed a random selection of 2,010 registered voters throughout the nation.

“The poll shows that instead of dividing Americans, immigration is an issue where Americans have reached the consensus that it is a problem, maybe the problem,” said Doug Kaplan, the managing partner of Gravis Marketing.

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The big problem here for Republicans, and specifically Trump, who I assume is the target to use this data, is how to nuance it to highlight the belief that reducing immigration is good without being accused of hating immigrants, much like how the Democrats attempt to shift the debate regarding illegals.

Whereas the media and Democrats try to frame the immigration issue as pitting native-born Americans against foreign-born Americans, the polling reveals that Republicans should offer a completely different framing of the issue– one which focuses on the interests of the domestic American population– and all of its members (i.e. foreign-born, native-born, etc.)–versus the interests of the world’s seven billion people that live outside the United States.

That could be dangerous, as this needs much more nuance, and Trump doesn’t do nuance well. Here are a few things the poll found (many have explanatory paragraphs, I’ll leave it to you to hit the link and read it)

  • By a nearly 6 to 1 margin, U.S. voters believe immigration should be decreased rather than increased.
  • By a 25-to-1 margin, voters believe that unemployed American workers should get preference for a U.S. job rather than a foreign worker brought in from another country.
  • Sixty one percent of voters believe that any politician, “who would rather import foreign workers to take jobs rather than give them to current U.S. residents, is unfit to hold office.”
  • Three out of four voters believe the nation needs “an immigration system that puts American workers first, not an immigration system that serves the demands of donors seeking to reduce labor costs.”
  • A majority of U.S. voters (53%) believe “record amounts of immigration into the U.S. have strained school resources and disadvantaged U.S. children.”
  • A majority of voters (55%) disagree with Hillary Clinton’s call to release illegal immigrants arriving at the border into the United States and give them a chance to apply for asylum.
  • Roughly three out of four voters— including nearly three out of four Democrat voters— believe that “instead of giving jobs and healthcare to millions of refugees from around the world, we should rebuild our inner cities and put Americans back to work.”

Now, how to frame this for what are essentially sound bite campaigns? Americans are certainly a bit upset over the number of illegals coming to the country, and have a problem with legals coming in on short work visas and taking American jobs. They also have a problem with bringing in refugees who share little to no mores with Americans, will be tough to assimilate, and may very well hold Islamic extremist views. They’ve seen the reports out of Europe, and want nothing to do with the crime, rape, sexual assaults, and terrorism, not too mention the demands that Europe cave to their extremist demands.

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