Poll: Americans not confident immigration reform will pass
May 31st, 2013
11:58 AM ET
11 months ago

Poll: Americans not confident immigration reform will pass

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.


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soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. just askin

    so if the federal government won't enforce our borders under current laws and won't enforce our current immigration and criminal laws, why should we believe they will enforce any new laws, or parts of the law they don't like? in short, our government has lost its credibility to govern because it has not done its job too many times.

    May 31, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. lolo

    It won't pass until we vote out the idiot tea party house members. These people do not even read the bills. Can we say Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann. They do not have a clue as to how government is ran. The GOP sold their souls to them to get their votes now they can't get rid of them or tell them no. Look at whimp Boehner, he does not know how to handle them. Drinking in the bars every night is the only thing Boehner can handle.

    May 31, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. Al-NY,NY

    the GOP plan......surprise surprise.......get it to the T-troll House. Add all sorts of poison pills. Submit. Take the rejection of their plan and say "Obama and his amnesty lovers killed it. We want it but they don't"

    May 31, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. Fair is Fair

    Remove the 160,000 new H1-B visas (translating to 320,000 jobs as the spouse is allowed for each one)... THEN I'll support it. There's plenty of Americans with sufficient high tech skills to fill these positions.

    May 31, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. John

    The GOP House revised bill........Build a 2000 mile fence, expel all Latinos south without warning, and try to put a happy face on it.....that is, if they do anything at all...

    May 31, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  6. sonny chapman

    WWJD ? "I was a stranger and you welcomed me ". Matthew 25,35.

    May 31, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. emskadittle

    It will be just like all of the other "bipartisan" bills, the republicans will vote it down or filibuster it

    May 31, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Can someone tell just what exactly "secure our borders" actually means? What is the measurement used to meet the standard of "secure"?

    Are supposed to build a 2000 mile wil along our southern border? What about the northern border? What about the coastlines? What about the airspace? Where does it end?

    May 31, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    There's plenty of Americans with sufficient high tech skills to fill these positions
    -------------------------------------------------
    Please already with the "they are taking our jobs" bs.
    Where are those " highly qualified" Americans? Are they IN America? Tell them to apply for the jobs NOW.
    You are deluding only yourself, per usual.

    May 31, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "There's plenty of Americans with sufficient high tech skills to fill these positions"

    Dey Terk Errr Jeeeeerrrrrrrbzzzzz!!!!!

    May 31, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    ...And when some of those "highly teched" Americans find out that their skills are not up to par, nor much less up to the level of some of those immigrants tell those Americans to feel free to apply for less skilled positions. They shouldn't shun away from jobs at McDonald's, and picking produce, and making hotel beds, landscaping in the hot sun, nannies, cooks, jand so many other American jobs that apparently are beneath many Americans. Yet they resent the fact that others are not too proud to do them.
    gtfooh with that ok?

    May 31, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. PJ

    I don't know how we can have confidence in anything getting done.
    Even Rubio is starting to waffle. The obstructionists are so busy still trying to take down the Presdient,
    to heck with anything else.
    They have time for Committee hearings-- lots of them.
    House Intelligence(?) Committee
    Senate Intelligence Committee
    House Judiciary Committee
    Senate Armed Services Committee,
    on and on, but.................
    no time to work for the American people: Jobs, budget, infrastructure, jobs, immigration, jobs...............
    After all, another vacation is looming in August, and, of course, the Fourth of July comes first.
    Confidence? Hardly.

    May 31, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Sniffit

    "There's plenty of Americans with sufficient high tech skills to fill these positions"

    Dey Terk Errr Jeeeeerrrrrrrbzzzzz!!!!!
    -------------------------------------------------
    ROFLMAO!!!
    Thanks Sniffit, "these people" can drive you nuts!

    May 31, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "What is the measurement used to meet the standard of "secure"? "

    For the Teatrolls screaming that buzzword salad Luntzian pidgin language nonsense, what it means is that they see more brown people around than when they were children, from which they deduce that the borders must be entirely unguarded. They are livid that the southern strategy and 60+ years of alienating every minority group in the country is finally coming home to roost. Ergo, "secure borders" to them means that the rate of growth of the minority population is held in check such that they will not overtake white people as the majority of the country.

    May 31, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. smith

    build a giant wall and guard and reform will pass....on a sinking ship you have first plug the hole.

    May 31, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. Gurgyl

    Do you want all ILLEGALS–Legal?????

    May 31, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  17. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Uh,
    The problem with giving 11 Million or so Amnesty, Citizenship or whatever you call it is then they will be able to get on every Social Give Away Program there is while the real Taxpayers pay for it. Think I'm kidding? Lyndon Johnson said his big social program Medicare would only cost 9 Billion. Anyone believe that? If you do, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I want to sell you. New Citizens need to come thru the front door where they have done the things required.

    May 31, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  18. gop usa

    The bill should not pass,why on earth should we reward illegal Mexicans for breaking our laws,lowering wages, taking jobs and bankrupting schools, emergency rooms and communitys.........Illegal Mexicans deserve nothing but a trip back to the Mexican border desert in the back of a cattle truck and dumped off with the warning that if you return you will go to a prision work camp or you will be shot.........Its time our lawmakers protect the interests of American Workers and Taxpayers......Not illegal Mexicans who care nothing for America other than what they can take from us.............Any lawmaker who votes for this bill is a traitor to the American people and should be booted from office

    May 31, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "Uh,
    The problem with giving 11 Million or so Amnesty, Citizenship or whatever you call it is then they will be able to get on every Social Give Away Program there is while the real Taxpayers pay for it. "

    Uh, studies show that allowing illegal immigrants to have a pathway to citizenship will help shore up and "save" Medicare and other programs. This is math, not magic. The numbers don't lie. CNN and the rest of the MSM, on the other hand, consistently commit the lie of omission by failing to report on those studies in order to avoid destroying your misunderstandings and, as a result, their precious controversies.

    May 31, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. smith

    dems. don` want to the secure the border because they see voters...shows how much they care about what`s right and wrong.

    May 31, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. smith

    Build a wall..stops illegal immigration` stops drugs, stops illegal weapons, saves the taxpayer money...pretty simple

    May 31, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    smith wrote:

    build a giant wall and guard and reform will pass....on a sinking ship you have first plug the hole.
    -----------–
    How much do think it would cost to build a 2000 mile long wall? How long would it take? The Great Wall of China is roughly 3000 miles long and it took more than 5 centuries to build, and nearly bankrupted several dynasties.

    Now granted, we have modern machinery, but one would hope that the wall would more than the the earthen wall that is found in China. If they built 20 miles per year, it would take a century to complete. If they built 200 miles per year, it would still take a decade to finish.

    What type of "wall" do expect to be built? The only "wall" that can be built within a few years is a chain link fence. Again, I would ask you at what cost. What impact would it have on the local ecologies? What about river crossings? Do you build the fence through the river to stop submarines?

    The idea of a 2000 mile fence is a complete farce, an illusion on which to hang your hat.

    May 31, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  23. conservative

    This bill is a slap in the face to all Americans ....................................Deport

    May 31, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  24. rs

    Ofcourse it won't pass, the GOP/TP will kill it in the House despite their blather about outreach to Hispanics.

    May 31, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  25. Bill

    This is the best news I have heard out of Washington in a LOOOOONNNNGGGG time.

    May 31, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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