Poll: More Americans align with Democrats on immigration
July 15th, 2013
08:42 AM ET
1 year 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. Arriba

    Over 90% of Americans agreed with Democrats on gun control and it still went nowhere. Republicans don't care what Americans think – they only represent their base of 10%.

    July 15, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Close the border first.

    July 15, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. JTodd

    The term "most" in this headline is misleading. In the way that it is stated one would expect that something greater than 50% of polled Americans favorite the democratic plan for immigration. And this could be true, but we don't know that. We know that 48% favor the democratic plan and 52% either favor something else or have no opionion

    July 15, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. tim mitchell

    This story is a joke!!!!!!! Anybody that is ok with the dems plan are illegal or living off tax dollars and could care less if our tax money is used to support, house , feed, medicial care and schooling to all the people breaking the laws to be here. illegal means ilegal!!!!!!!

    July 15, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. Yet more CNN propogranda

    How can we help the President this morning? – asks the CNN Editor ceaselessly...

    July 15, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  6. yem

    Republicans and Democtrats should work out immigration plan which is humane and that addresses all issues and fast !!!

    July 15, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. dsc

    I think most people don't understand that Democrats in Congress generally won't vote for an immigration plan that helps low-income workers. Democrats in Congress are hesitant to go against the unions, which disfavor unskilled workers. But Democrats won't admit it for fear of alienating hispanics. Meanwhile, while Republicans generally get a bad rap for opposing immigration issues, they're masters the corporate bosses would actually prefer liberalizing immigration for unskilled workers, but they'll never come out and say it for fear of alienating the tea party folks. Split constituencies are what really hampers immigration reform.

    July 15, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. California

    And a poll doesn't make it right or fair.

    July 15, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. Jenny

    I don't favor ANY plan that leaves illegal immigrants in the country, especially when so many citizens, both by birth and Naturalized, are jobless and poor. And increasingly, thanks to illegal immigration, overcrowded.

    July 15, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. MICHAEL WHITE

    The problem with this so called immigration reform is this: it was already tried in the 1980's under Reagan and did not work. All it did was encourage more illegal immigration. You have to deal with the root cause of illegal immigration in order to solve it. That is poor economic conditions in the countries they come from. These countries, like Mexico, fail to implement reforms that eliminate corruption and favoritism as well as strengthen government institutions to serve the people better. Until that is dealt with, no immigration reform is going to help. Plus, giving amnesty to illegal immigrants here only encourages more illegal immigration. Why follow the process if others have circumvented the system? It gives no incentive to follow the right process. It’s a matter of fairness!

    July 15, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  11. Guess

    True,yes, racist, not meant to be, truth is what it is

    July 15, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. Manny

    BASICALLY, 4 out of every 5 comments I read up on and 4 out of every 5 people I talk to are against blanket amnesty (both republican and democrat).... Who writes these things??

    July 15, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. Vanbren5

    Let the republicans continue to alienate Hispanics and Democrats will own the White House and Congress for many many years...

    July 15, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. Reporter?

    Thank you CNN for calling out the shallowness of your question in the survey – "the Democratic view on immigration – which wasn't specified during questioning – most closely aligned with their own". This is simply a wreckles popularity question rather than one that gets into the significant issues that comprise establishing an orderly immigration processes that allows for growth, ensuring that it is hard workers that get a shot at the American Dream and citizenship, and ensuring our National Security.
    The way your poll was conducted only hampers achieving these endstates.
    Thanks for your honesty, but please don;t be so shallow on critical issues..

    July 15, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. joe99percent

    Another bogus poll from mainstream media who is leading pack of amnestry traitors. The real truth is most Americans don't support AMNESTY which is part and parcel of Senate bill.

    July 15, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. Leo

    There is no surprise here. House republicans have moved out of the main stream and continue to submit one partisan bill after another and then wonder why nothing gets done. But do not blame them, blame their constituents that demand ideological purity and NO compromise of their principles. Safe and secure in their safe districts, they fail to understand that representative democracy cannot function or endure if one side refuses to compromise their principles, expecting the other side to compromise theirs. Both sides must compromise their principles for legislation to pass and to promote the common good. House republicans have forgotten this very basic civics lesson and are solely responsible for their 10% approval rating and our dysfunction government. They make us the laughing stock of the world. What a sad commentary.

    July 15, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  17. Bill Smale

    I don't know what polls the media are referring to, the truth is, the media and Washington do not, DO NOT, report the truth of the polling and continue to distort the truth for their own personal agenda. This sick country has gotten so bad that the "truth" of anything, any reporting, is in serious question. Voting has become a fraud. There are so many groups, companies, even our own govt. with their own agenda's, lying to the people. Asking my fellow Americans what their position is on certain areas, specifically immigration and the majority is against legalization of undocumented illegals, yet the media comes up with the oppisite, so, we are being lied to.

    July 15, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  18. Bill from GA

    " the Democratic view on immigration – which wasn't specified during questioning "

    Considering that the view people agreed to may not have even been known to those agreeing to it, what point is the poll? Or of a 'News Agency' reporting on it?

    Is this "Entertainment Daily" or CNN?

    The only point of either dems or repubs on this issue is the balancing act between getting new voters and retaining the current flock. Neither side has the best interests of the USA at heart regarding immigration..

    July 15, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. Justjean

    Republicans are just killing their brand by letting the TeaParty take over. They need to forbid Tea Party affliators to run under their name.

    July 15, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  20. California

    Justice was color blind just as it should always be.

    July 15, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  21. Gurgyl

    GOP is defunct. We need strict immigration laws. These guys are coming to rob ou benefits–be they IT or Doctors.

    July 15, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  22. rvastag

    There is no need for comprehensive reform. I'm not even sure what that really means.

    What needs to happen is:
    1) existing laws need to be enforced
    ... and then small, separate legislation to ...
    2) secure the border
    3) allow/promote more highly educated immigrants to stay and become citizens
    4) some sort of expanded work visa program that supports certain industries without harming USA workers, that also has protective aspects to prevent work visa holders from becoming citizens, receiving public benefits, or becoming back door citizens via the birth of a child.
    2)

    July 15, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. Mikey

    Not surprising at all. If you pay attention to public opinion polls, you find that more Americans align with Democrats on almost every important issue. If not for some pretty significant gerrymandering, the Dems would be in control of the White house, the Senate, and the House, along with may more state legislatures.

    July 15, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  24. wassupUSA

    "The Gallup survey indicated 48% of adults said the Democratic view on immigration – which wasn't specified during questioning"
    "WHICH WASN'T SPECIFIED DURING THE QUESTIONING"!!!!!!!!!!!
    If they wanted valid poll results, they would have given the actual views (without mentioning either party). I guarantee the results would be significantly different.

    July 15, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  25. Jubal

    And with most issues. The GOP, has alienated most people with the constant harping over social issues, when they ran for office on the issue of employment and jobs. They no sooner got to the office when they completely forgot their purpose.

    July 15, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
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