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. 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 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. rs

    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?
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    The greatest number of boots on the ground-EVER; the greatest number of arrests-EVER; the greatest number of deportations-EVER.
    How does this equate to not enforcing the law? Oh, yeah, it's just the delusional Right wing talking to itself again.

    May 31, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. rs

    Can someone tell just what exactly "secure our borders" actually means?
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    Why, yes I can!

    This is the GOP/TP's back door through which they can say "nope, the border ain't secure yet" and kill Immigration reform. It won't matter if we have 80,000 troops, machine guns, 20' walls (built by Halliburton, no doubt), and land mines- as long as members of the GOP see "brown" people, the border will never, ever be secure.

    May 31, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. smith

    @Rudy..Actually pretty simple to build a wall..use the prison population..they can earn their keep and pay the debt to society they owe

    May 31, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. rs

    smith

    dems. don` want to the secure the border because they see voters...shows how much they care about what`s right and wrong.
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    Well, wrong on the secure part- more arrests, deportations than at any point in history, the largest BP ever, and the most boots on the ground ever.
    The problem might just be the reverse- Republicans see brown people who will NEVER vote for them, hence, no immigration reform.

    May 31, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Stufit,
    Studies showed Medicare would only cost 9 Billion. So much for studies.

    May 31, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. CB FL

    If you think the margin was 70% with Latinos in 2012 let the repugs vote down this bill and it will be decades before they are in the White House.

    May 31, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. Guest

    Didn't we grant millions amnesty in the 1980's? Weren't we told then that the problem would be fixed? So what exactly has changed to believe the same pack of lies from the same bunch of lying politcians? When millions of illegal aliens entering this country is a politcal benefit to one party, do you honestly expect them to fix the problem and sacrifice that benefit to their party? These people don't care about the USA, just their political skins.

    May 31, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. Len

    gop USA,

    Typical response from people who have no idea of what is in the bill. Need to read it and realize how important it is too the economy of the country.

    May 31, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. Wake up People!

    Too bad the Native Americans didn't treat the pale faces the same way the pale faces treat those of us with brown skin....

    May 31, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  11. Jim B

    Kill the bill until there is job creation!

    May 31, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. david

    Do not pass. Police the borders. Stop Obama's give aways!

    May 31, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    I totally oppose any and all "reforms" until such time as our government enforces our existing laws.........which they are refusing to do......and until such time as our border is closed to illegal traffic.......for REAL!

    Until the border is closed, there is zero justification to "reform" anything. That is just another form of "handouts" and not reforms.

    May 31, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. Jack

    Right on

    May 31, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  15. smith

    @rs where`s your proof that all gop or non-dems are bigots?

    May 31, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. ricky

    they have confident ..Make this the last immigration reform....

    May 31, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    smith

    @Rudy..Actually pretty simple to build a wall..use the prison population..they can earn their keep and pay the debt to society they owe
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    Brilliant. Use criminals to build a high tech security wall. Absolutely brilliant. What about the rest of it? How do you pay for it, and how long will it take? Hmm?

    May 31, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  18. smith

    just because a person (no matter what party you vote for) wants a secure border, it doesn`t make them a bigot..People how claim such a thing are being a reverse racist.

    May 31, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  19. smith

    @rudy...How do we pay for it?...uh.taxes..geez..illegal immigraion, the war on drugs, border patrol all get funding by taxes..which if there was a wall decrese rapidly..Just because someone is in prison doesn`t make the useless or stupid.

    May 31, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. NameTodd A

    Funny, break the law, no problem, bring all your drug cartel products in, steal are jobs, lower are pay, 20 million Americand can't find a job but, I king Obama I give you free pass just always vote libtard, wake up idiots

    May 31, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    smith

    @rudy...How do we pay for it?...uh.taxes..geez..illegal immigraion, the war on drugs, border patrol all get funding by taxes..which if there was a wall decrese rapidly..Just because someone is in prison doesn`t make the useless or stupid.
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    Construction of wall that meets the wish list of the hyper right wing has been estimated to be at least $100 million per mile, which translates to a total of $200 billion, in today's dollars. Some estimates are double that.

    So, how do we pay for it again? I just heard a Senator named Cruz for a complete elimination of the IRS. Yet, he still wants to build a wall. To continue the cognitive disconnect, I guess he'll be working the Senate for free, because withtout the IRS he ain't gettin' a pay check.

    May 31, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  22. smith

    liberals either blame bush or call you a racist if you don`t agree 100 percent with their ideas...truly sad

    May 31, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    smith

    just because a person (no matter what party you vote for) wants a secure border, it doesn`t make them a bigot..People how claim such a thing are being a reverse racist.
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    Who said anything about being racist besides you?

    And, just because you've been convicted and imprisoned doesn't make you stupid or dumb. It makes you a convict, and you'd have to be really, really dumb and stupid to have them construct your security system.

    May 31, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  24. The Real Tom Paine

    -Rick McDaniel

    I totally oppose any and all "reforms" until such time as our government enforces our existing laws.........which they are refusing to do......and until such time as our border is closed to illegal traffic.......for REAL!

    Until the border is closed, there is zero justification to "reform" anything. That is just another form of "handouts" and not reforms.
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    I doubt you are willing to pay for enforcement: how many divisions do you want deployed to the border? Give specifics, or shut up.

    May 31, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  25. rs

    smith

    @rs where`s your proof that all gop or non-dems are bigots?
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    Look at the last election results. The only demographic that voted Republican were older white males. Everyone else went Democratics. Its that simple. For a more graphic demonstration however, Google Obama TEA Party- great racist images.

    May 31, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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