July 15th, 2014
10:19 AM ET
3 months ago

Poll: Most give Obama, GOP in Congress, thumbs down on border crisis

Washington (CNN) - It's one of the hottest national debates this summer: What to do about the influx of unaccompanied and undocumented children from Central America who are crossing from Mexico into the U.S.

A new national poll indicates that a majority of Americans approve of President Barack Obama's short term remedy, but most give the President and his GOP critics in Congress a thumbs down on how they're handling the crisis along the country's southern border.

According to an ABC News/Washington Post survey released Tuesday, 53% support the White House plan to spend $3.7 billion to immediately deal with the situation, with 43% saying they disapprove of the proposal. The survey indicates an expected partisan divide, with two-thirds of Democrats supportive of the Obama plan. That number drops to 51% among independents and down to 35% among Republicans. Hispanics questioned in the poll support the proposal by a 54%-43% margin.

Even though a majority back the President's proposal, only a third of Americans give Obama a thumbs up on how he's handling the issue of undocumented immigrants entering the country. While that's nothing to brag about, only 23% of those questioned say they approve of how congressional Republicans are dealing with the crisis. Even Republicans are divided (48% approval – 45% disapproval) on how federal lawmakers from their own party are handling the issue.

Battle lines drawn in immigration debate

The ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted July 9-13, with 1,016 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Use 'safe zones' to end immigration crisis

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story


Filed under: Immigration • Poll • President Obama • Republican • Republicans
soundoff (193 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    Even though a majority back the President's proposal, only a third of Americans give Obama a thumbs up on how he's handling the issue of ... ( blah, blah, blah ) ... "

    Oh-uh. Is the media STILL willing to run with their national meme of keeping this man to a second term only?

    July 15, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. Donna

    These tens of thousands of kids are going to start showing up in our schools in the fall. Wait until that situation hits the fan. Already crowded classrooms will now be a total nightmare as these non-English speaking, uneducated kids swamp school systems.

    All these people are potential health time bombs. None of them have been vaccinated and are getting spread around the country! Wait until American children start coming down with diseases thanks to Obama spreading them all around the country.

    And just when you thought Obama couldn't bring any more disasters to the American people, he proves once again to be the Master of Disaster.

    July 15, 2014 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. Sniffit

    "Shuck and Jive "

    Niiiice. Please continue to provide proof that you guys just. can't. help. yourselves. but to just ooze racism even when you're not trying to. Completely oblivious to the fact that everyone knows exactly what you're dogwhistling, eh? Heck, probably even completely oblivious to the fact that you are, indeed, dogwhistling. Well, newsflash: even being oblivious of it is still racism.

    July 15, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. yeahright

    Hector Slagg
    NEWS FLASH: The Liberal Mouthpieces are going to Shuck and Jive until you have forgotten about the Flood of illegals Coming across the Southern Border. All these border jumpers are going to be foisted on the tax Paying Public along with all the other "Wonderful" Programs the Liberals have put in place. Get used to it folks, you are going to pay the bill. Got a job? Working 29 Hours? You Voted for it.
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    NEWSFLASH HECTOR- the law that is requiring that these kids be brought in a given hearings was passed in 2008, basically unanimously. Google who was the President at that time.

    July 15, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. sonny chapman

    Athiest-I am asking those who consider their Faith in the equation of tackling issues(like Obama), to consider what Jesus has said on said issues.

    July 15, 2014 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    "A wall will NEVER happen- the GOP will never fund it ... "

    Oh darn, rs. I was REALLY looking forward to the day when after this humongous wall was built (and the cost on maintenance becomes just as humongous) for the next reaganesque President of the United States to primp for photo ops while telling him/herself to "tear down this wall".

    July 15, 2014 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. Sniffit

    "lots of future minority voters"

    The ONLY thing driving the GOP/Teatroll clown car as far as the immigration issue is concerned. You can stop denying it too. We know. Everyone knows. It's the world's most poorly hidden secret that the GOP/Teatrolls don't like minorities, don't like them voting because they don't vote for GOPers/Teatrolls (because you don't like them and they know it) and that the GOP/Teatrolls are deathly afraid of the demographic shifts towards a "browner" country that doesn't like THEM. Tantrum all you want, but it won't change these facts. The shoe is in the process of changing feet and you're going completely and utterly nuts over it.

    July 15, 2014 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. smith

    @rs-So we just stick our heads in the sand and and forget about it. Your right, the GOP won`t fund it because they want their votes just like the Dems do.

    July 15, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  9. Randy, San Francisco

    Extremely sad to see so many vulgar and mean ideological driven comments during a humanitarian crisis. Innocent children should not be caught in the cross fire of political rancor and ambition.

    July 15, 2014 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. excuse my rant

    "The only solution is a wall. Time to stop thinking about feelings and potential voters and start using some logic."
    _______________________________-
    Yah, because, that did so well for the Chinese keeping the Mongols out. :-)

    July 15, 2014 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. chucky1169469

    Most Americans don't know what the h3ll they want. They wanted healthcare reform and when they got it they didn't want it. They want immigration reform but as soon as they get it they don't want it.

    July 15, 2014 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Sniffit says:
    July 15, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am
    “Shuck and Jive ”

    Niiiice. Please continue to provide proof that you guys just. can’t. help. yourselves. but to just ooze racism even when you’re not trying to. Completely oblivious to the fact that everyone knows exactly what you’re dogwhistling, eh? Heck, probably even completely oblivious to the fact that you are, indeed, dogwhistling. Well, newsflash: even being oblivious of it is still racism.

    I think they honestly believe their mantra that our brains don't grow as big as theirs, or that we can't grasp certain concepts like they do. My advice to them is to keep thinking that way. Because we can show you better than tell you. Look how the POTUS has run circles around them for 5-1/2 years while they besmirch his character every chance they get. And he still comes out on top.

    Keep thinking we're stupid and you'll all see.

    July 15, 2014 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. Vancer

    There will be no solution. The GOP is too scared to offend and Dems want more voters. I prefer to put the blinders on and employ illegals as my father and grandfather did. Its cost effective and they work hard. The federal government does not care and its one less dollar to an Obama voter.

    July 15, 2014 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  14. smith

    @Sniffit-You think anything said critical or negative towards Obama is racism. Where is this proof that the GOP or Non-Dems are racist? Do you have anything to back up your claims?

    July 15, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  15. Say WHAT???

    excuse my rant
    "The only solution is a wall. Time to stop thinking about feelings and potential voters and start using some logic."
    _______________________________-
    Yah, because, that did so well for the Chinese keeping the Mongols out. :-)
    ---

    Uneducated lefties think technology hasn't advanced since then! By saying this you only prove the left wants open borders. BTW, ask Israel how their wall is working out. No more Palestinian suicide bombers.

    July 15, 2014 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  16. Anthony

    A wall is no solution. East Germany used a wall and machine guns, but that did not stop people trying to cross the wall. Some people still made it through.

    July 15, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. CryBabies

    Thats right Sniffit..., plain and simple a wall (or a fence) . Like Charles Krauthammer put it in very simple terms so even "lefties" can understand....."there is a reason that the WH has a fence around it." Time to put away the cerebral coloring book and get real with the issue. "all in all you're just another "thick" brick in the wall".

    July 15, 2014 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    Obama deliberately imported these people..........and he funded their trip here. So, the public needs to get used to it........their President has a covert operation to smuggle people into this country, for his political purposes, in trying to take over America.

    July 15, 2014 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    smith

    Both should get the thumbs down. The only solution is a wall. Time to stop thinking about feelings and potential voters and start using some logic.
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    Moderates don't think like that. Only hard line, right wing extremists would say stuff like that.

    July 15, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. guest

    i guess there is just no middle ground between full blown citizenship and killing fields of machine gun cross fire. pretty much par for the course in these times of tea. We have become a nation of perceived absolutes, a tool to whip the masses.

    July 15, 2014 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  21. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    smith says:
    July 15, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am
    @Sniffit-You think anything said critical or negative towards Obama is racism. Where is this proof that the GOP or Non-Dems are racist? Do you have anything to back up your claims?

    Smith research the phrase " shuck and jive"! You are not black and you apparently have no empathy towards us because if you did that term would offend you too. I bet they would never use the phrase shuck and jive to describe anything related to Bush.

    July 15, 2014 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  22. Silence DoGood

    @smith
    @Sniffit-You think anything said critical or negative towards Obama is racism. Where is this proof that the GOP or Non-Dems are racist? Do you have anything to back up your claims?
    ------------
    A quick web search reveals endless blatant examples of GOP politicians and grass roots rally folks spewing obvious racial slurs and hate speech. Colin Powell is GOP and here is what he said about his own party:

    "When I see a former governor say that the President is “shuckin’ and jivin’,” that’s racial era slave term. When I see another former governor after the president’s first debate where he didn’t do very well, says that the president was lazy. He didn’t say he was slow. He was tired. He didn’t do well. He said he was lazy. Now, it may not mean anything to most Americans, but to those of us who are African Americans, the second word is shiftless and then there’s a third word that goes along with that. The birther, the whole birther movement. Why do senior Republican leaders tolerate this kind of discussion within the party?”

    Colin Powell, January 13, 2013

    July 15, 2014 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Tony D

    Where are all the rich liberal contributors to chip in and donate their millions to take care of all these kids? This is a liberal dream, open borders, lots of future minority voters. Where is all their money to help these kids? Where are all the benefit concerts? Where are all the celebrities stepping forward? Has Obama sucked your wallets dry already?!
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    Seeing how Fox, "America's News Channel", has been advertising that the United States has an open border policy, it is any real surprise that people listened to it, believed it, and acted upon it?

    Does anyone know what this person is actually complaining about? I think he's arguing hypotheticals and other imaginary scenarios Come back when you have some actual facts, would you.

    July 15, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    sonny chapman

    Athiest-I am asking those who consider their Faith in the equation of tackling issues(like Obama), to consider what Jesus has said on said issues.
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    You will find the quotes you need in Leviticus.

    July 15, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. Tone

    This poll is bull the President proposed a plan to get immigration done months ago there was a bill in the senate that passed, and it was waiting on the house to pass it but boner declined we cannot blame the president for what congress failed to do this poll was done on uninformed voters.

    July 15, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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