Polls: What the House should do about Senate immigration bill
July 18th, 2013
09:53 AM ET
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Polls: What the House should do about Senate immigration bill

Washington (CNN) - A majority of Americans support key components of the bipartisan immigration bill that passed the Senate and want to House to act, according to two new national polls.

Nearly six in ten questioned in a United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection survey released Thursday say they would like to see the House pass the Senate's legislation, or pass a version that includes tougher border control measures.

Only one in five say they want the GOP-controlled House to not act on immigration reform, and 13% say they want the House to strip the eventual pathway to citizenship measure from the bill that passed the Democratic-controlled Senate.

House Speaker John Boehner has made it clear the House will not take up the Senate immigration bill, but Wednesday he took a position on citizenship for undocumented immigrants, saying Congress must deal with the children of those who are in the United States illegally.

Fifty-five percent of Americans say they support an eventual pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll also released Thursday. The survey points to an expected wide partisan divide, with nearly seven in ten Democrats, but only 38% of Republicans, supporting eventual citizenship.

Sixty-four percent of those questioned say they back adding 20,000 border agents and 700 miles of fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, another key component of the Senate bill. But that support drops 11 percentage points, to 53%, when the estimated cost of $46 billion is added to the question.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted July 10-14, with 1,004 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

The United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection poll was conducted July 11-14, with 1,002 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.


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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. sonny chapman

    The Majority of Americans, by deed not just by word, follow the Teachings of Jesus,"I was a stranger and you welcomed me". Matthew 25,35. Too bad the Self Proclaimed "Christians"(Conservatives) don't do the same.

    July 18, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    Only one in five say they want the GOP-controlled House to not act on immigration reform, and 13% say they want the House to strip the eventual pathway to citizenship measure from the bill that passed the Democratic-controlled Senate.
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    Wow, those are pretty strong numbers. Who is Boehner going to listen to? The American People, or the American Taliban?

    July 18, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  3. Mike Texoma

    What we have learned is that it makes very little difference to Congress what the people want. The concern is for what the folks that reside in one's very gerrymandered district want – what makes it "safe" for that Congressman. Gerrymandering is the biggest constitutional afront to the right to vote in the United States, and the biggest contributor to the polarization of politics. And the Supreme Court have taken, now, a "hands off" approach.

    July 18, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. ST

    I get difficulties to understand how John Boehner thinks. On Wednesday he said they should deal with children who are in the country illegally. What about their parents? and for how long will it take the country to benefit from these children. Children with their parents can not be separated. They are bonded together. The parents are contributing to the economy of the country. Thinking about votes, and not thinking about what the country really needs first, is really absurd.

    July 18, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    The House should treat the Senate bill the same way the Senate treats the bill sent to them, by the House. They should simply ignore it.

    This is a government for the people.......and not one for the WH, and ONLY the WH!

    July 18, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. Prisoner-of-Christ

    Until the basic human rights are equally guarantee to all........
    until the color of a man's skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes....
    until the ignoble and unhappy regime in the House that hold our brothers & sisters ....
    for we know....we shall win .....good over evil....

    July 18, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. S.B. Stein

    The House should at least give the Senate bill one vote. Until the House comes up with their own bill, which they should have been working on already, they should be working on the Senate bill. I don't understand why the House can't do somethings like the Senate; try to work across party lines to get things done on a more regular basis (not to say that the Senate does this enough).

    July 18, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. GuestX

    Only 13% say they want the House to strip the eventual pathway to citizenship measure from the bill that passed the Democratic-controlled Senate? I have a hard time believing that. Most of the people I talk with are tired of having our country handed over to Mexico, Latin America, India, and China. Of course, this is a CNN poll; the home of Liberal bias.

    July 18, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. rs

    People who actually believe "Most of the people I talk with are tired of having our country handed over to Mexico, Latin America, India, and China. Of course, this is a CNN poll; the home of Liberal bias" are simply clueless anyway- and too delusional to believe polls even when time after time they are shown to be accurate.

    July 18, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |