Washington (CNN) – More than two-thirds of Americans don't believe that Congress will be able to work together to pass immigration reform, according to a new poll released Friday.
After months of talks and negotiations between the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" senators on immigration reform, a new Quinnipiac University poll indicates that only 24% of Americans are confident that Republicans and Democrats will be able to negotiate an immigration reform deal in the next year, while 71% believe that Congress will fail.
According to the poll, Democrats are more hopeful about Congress' ability to compromise with 33% of respondents indicating they believe Congress will succeed, compared to 17% of Republican respondents. The poll also suggests that blacks and Hispanics are also slightly more confident, with 39% of black participants and 35% Hispanic participants indicating optimism, compared to 20% of white participants.
The Senate will begin considering the Gang of Eight's immigration proposal next month, which calls for stricter border security measures and a 13-year path to citizenship plan for people who entered the United States illegally before 2012.
Should the legislation pass, the issue will then move to the Republican-dominated House, where conservative leaders have made clear that they will not simply accept the bill that may emerge out of the Senate, but rather the House will move to produce its own legislation to be considered.
The new poll also indicates that the majority of Americans are less supportive of backing a path to citizenship since polls were conducted prior to the bombings at the Boston Marathon in April.
Prior to the bombings, a Quinnipiac University survey indicated 59% of Americans believed immigrants should be allowed to stay in the United States and eventually apply for US citizenship. That number dropped in a Quinnipiac University survey released on May 2nd to 52% and was still significantly less at 54% in the new poll released Friday.
The poll was conducted from May 22 – 28 2013 by the Quinnipiac University and surveyed 1,419 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.60 percentage points.