July 12th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
9 months ago

Poll: More than two-thirds doubt immigration bill can pass

(CNN) – While some U.S. lawmakers predict Congress can send an immigration bill to the president's desk soon, a lot of Americans consider that wishful thinking.

Sixty-nine percent of registered voters say they don't think members of Congress will be able to break through the partisan gridlock to pass a comprehensive reform package this year, while 27% have more faith in their elected leaders, according to the Quinnipiac University survey released Friday.

But those numbers show more optimism than in May, when slightly more voters–71%–didn't think they'd see an immigration bill come out of Congress, while fewer–25%–said the opposite.

While the Senate passed a comprehensive package with bipartisan support late last month, the issue's fate now hangs in the hands for the Republican-controlled House.

House Republicans met Wednesday to discuss the measure. According to those who attended the session, the GOP lawmakers agreed the country's immigration system needed to be fixed, but they were more divided over how to solve the problem.

They rejected the Senate version and insisted on drafting their own bill, a move that will extend the immigration debate farther, possibly through the rest of the year.

House GOP uncertain over immigration reform

And the longer it takes for Congress to move on an immigration bill, the more likely it will become a big issue in next year's mid-term elections.

But the poll indicates that a plurality of voters–47%–say their elected leaders' votes on the bill will make no difference on whether they decide to support their representatives' respective re-election bids. Twenty-eight percent say a vote for immigration reform make them more likely to back their representative, while 19% say it will make them less likely to do so.

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Breaking it down by party, 45% of Republicans say it makes no difference, while slightly less–20%–say it makes them more likely and 30% say it makes them less likely to support their representative.

For Democrats, 45% say it makes no difference, while 44% say it makes them more likely and 6% say less likely.

The Quinnipiac University survey was conducted June 28-July 8, with 2,014 registered voters nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.2 percentage points.


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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    Nor should it.......in any form, until Obama leaves office.

    July 12, 2013 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  2. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Nothing passes as long as the GOP idiots control the house , that's why the incompetent GOP needs to go in2014 midterms!!!!!

    July 12, 2013 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  3. LL

    With Boehner at the helm, I don't trust a word the Republicans say. Money speaks and they will sell us out faster than Schumner.

    July 12, 2013 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    As much as the right wing claims to want reform, the reality is that the people at the top of the pyramid like things just the way they are right now. What better way to undermine unions than with a large pool of cheap laborers.

    They obfuscate their argument by complaining about the border, when in reality most illegal immigrans are here on expired documents. They didn't enter illegally. They didn;t leave when they were supposed to.

    July 12, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  5. Richard Long

    And the criminal immigrant amnesty bill helps the millions if unemployed US citizens, how?
    We have a record 56 months that the unemployment rate has been over 7.5%.
    Obama is throwing money around to other countries, how would we pay for implementing the criminal immigration bill?

    July 12, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |