Poll: More Americans align with Democrats on immigration
July 15th, 2013
08:42 AM ET
9 months ago

Poll: More Americans align with Democrats on immigration

(CNN) – In the ongoing attempt to reform the nation's immigration system, more Americans find themselves agreeing with Democrats than Republicans, according to a poll released Monday.

The Gallup survey indicated 48% of adults said the Democratic view on immigration – which wasn't specified during questioning – most closely aligned with their own. Thirty-six percent said the Republican stance came closer to their view. Another 17% said they didn't have an opinion or that neither side shared their opinions.

The poll was conducted over a long period of time – from June 13 to July 5. That span included the day when the Senate approved bipartisan immigration reform legislation.

In the battle to overhaul the country's immigration structure, unlikely alliances have formed in Congress, including the bipartisan Gang of 8 that developed the Senate's plan, which passed with votes from both parties last month.

However, in the House, the GOP has appeared divided over a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. After a recent meeting of the GOP caucus, participants described a 50-50 split between those who view such a pathway as necessary to immigration reform and those who view it as amnesty.

Most Republicans agree that increasing border security is a top priority, and in the Senate-approved bill, major efforts to ramp up resources on the border were included as a prerequisite to a pathway to citizenship.

Overall, more Democratic lawmakers have voiced support for passing some kind of comprehensive immigration reform legislation, while some Republicans say a piece-by-piece approach is more suitable.

In the poll, non-Hispanic whites were split between the Democratic and Republican views on immigration, while blacks and Hispanics supported the Democratic stance by large majorities.

The poll was conducted by telephone from June 13-July 5, with 4,373 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error was plus or minus two percentage points.


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soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. rs

    Surprise, more Americans align themselves with Democrats... probably on everything.
    How can you align yourself with Republicans? They don't do anything (like on Immigration, or jobs, or the economy), and when they do, it is to take away Civil Rights, Voting Rights, Women's Rights and more. The GOP has more or less declared war on the poor, women, and the sick and elderly. The GOP is an impossible PR disaster- and they just had a great weekend with more rape and abortion talk down Texas way that makes them look really, really regressive.

    Meanwhile despite their anti-American activities, the economy improves, the markets are up, home values have rebounded, and suddenly the deficit is going down- we actually ran a surplus.

    Who needs the GOP?

    July 15, 2013 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  2. Tigas

    Wonder if anyone reads the Disquis comments regarding immigration. Looks like an overwhelming number of people oppose the criminal immigration amnesty bill.

    July 15, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    What is the Republican solution for the undocumented people already in this country? So far its, "Secure the border." Some on the extreme declare that all undocumented people should be deported to Mexico, which is unrealistic because even if we could do it it would cost more than putting all of them on public assistance.

    July 15, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  4. Marty, FL

    My former tGOP is simply far-right extreme on too many issues, the party of stupid.

    The GOP irresponsibly wastes taxpayers' time and money on unnecessary border spending while illegal immigration is at net zero, and yet the House tea-nonsense will still vote no.

    Proudly voting Dem and Independent for sensible government in 2014.

    July 15, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    CNN loves to lie to the people, and influence what they think.

    July 15, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    That gap is just going to grow farther apart when the House kills the bill. It's going to be a slow and painful death of the GOP. If this is what they call outreach, they'll lose presidential elections for the foreseeable future.

    July 15, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  7. CueBallSTL

    The different views weren't specified during questioning? They might as well have asked, "Do you agree with Obama's dinner choices over the last month?" They probably would have gotten very similar results.

    July 15, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. Tenie

    No, only mexicans and braindamged libs like the plan. If you love America, you do not want blatant America hating service sucking criminals rewarded with citizenship.

    July 15, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  9. sonny chapman

    But Mitch McConnell prefaces his every statement with,"the American people want/don't want..." Which American people is he hanging out with ? Hint: Coal Industry & Country Clubbers.

    July 15, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  10. Randy, San Francisco

    Tea Party Congressional politicians don't care if the national Republican brand is damaged because of their anti-Hispanic immigration stance. Speaker Boehner should do the right thing and work with moderate members of his caucus, Minority Leader Pelosi, and Democrats to pass immigration reform.

    July 15, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  11. Thomas

    This is absolute BS, no one I have spoken with Democrat, Republican, or Independent agrees with it. This is to include Hispanics, Black, White and Asians a very few vocal Americans are for this and all Democrat politicians want it but America as a whole does not.

    July 15, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  12. Sniffit

    "some Republicans say a piece-by-piece approach is more suitable."

    a/k/a "we want the opportunity to demand border security and then stave off any pathway to citizenship by continuously moving the goal posts"

    July 15, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  13. jinx9to88

    Most American are aligned with Dems ideas thats why they voted for a Democrat president. GOP ideas are garbage.

    July 15, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  14. gahh

    Don't believe polls, especially if they help Big Business, and their wanting this country over run with cheap labor.

    July 15, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  15. Data Driven

    Biggest reason for this is that there are more Democrats than Republicans in America. And the biggest reason for that is because Democrats' policies tend to be better for working people.

    July 15, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  16. Paul

    Are the republicans demanding a 20 foot wall with barbed wire be built on the Canadian border as well? The conservative want a wall around the entire country so only the "right" kind of people live here.

    July 15, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  17. bigbiz

    Thats a big lie....

    July 15, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  18. Kevin Green

    That just means 48 percent are poorly informed on what this will do to our social safety nets.

    July 15, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  19. Dixie

    I agree with dems on the legalization of illegals here but a comprehinsive bill will lead to confusion and pork. Take things one part at a time and keep it simple. There is enough fighting going on. We are all sick of it along with the inaction. AGREE ON SOMETHING FOR GOD's sake!!!

    July 15, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  20. Chuk

    When it comes to Republicans, who cares what the majority thinks? They only care about the minority on the fring right.

    July 15, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  21. JediMindTrick

    These numbers are meaningless and part of a fraud to sway public opinion. People who have not read the plan should not express an opinion on the plan. Instead, we see the media beating the drum for yet another huge bill with all the wrong answers.

    July 15, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  22. BILL, WI

    Some democrats, Some republicans doesn't sound like a monolithic Democrat plan. Which begs the question, how many of the "democrats" that were polled live in a border state. And how can a knee-jerk response of an answer be truly representative the country's view of immigration reform. How do these supporters of the Democrats position feel about E-verify, or even about secure the border first then path to citizenship. The order in which someone will place e-verify, or citizenship vs. amnesty before securing the border will determine if they would be democrat or republican. Hint: some republicans support E-verify some democrats do not. Some businesses will verify the legitimate work status of a prospective employee, some do not. Do any of these knee-jerk respondents even know what the Democrats posistion is on immigration reform.

    July 15, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  23. Thomas

    Republican , what is that ?

    July 15, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  24. Norm

    "The Gallup survey indicated 48% of adults said the Democratic view on immigration – which wasn't specified during questioning – most closely aligned with their own."

    What garbage! You don't even say what the Dem position is and somehow you think this is a public endorsement of their plan? RAH RAH RAH CNN!!! Cheer for the Pres and the other libs.

    July 15, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  25. Rosslaw

    Obama has increased deportations to historic levels, illegal immigration has plummetted to a net of zero and the right wing's masters of disaster focus on solving a border security problem that is almost nonexistent. I knew they were good for something other than compost.

    July 15, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
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