Poll: Voters support Obama immigration change
June 19th, 2012
08:27 AM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Voters support Obama immigration change

(CNN) – A majority of voters agreed with the immigration policy unveiled by President Barack Obama last week, according to a new poll.

The Bloomberg Poll released Tuesday showed 64% of likely voters backed the shift, which would allow the children of illegal immigrants who meet certain requirements to stave off deportation for two years. Although 30% of those surveyed disagreed with the president, coveted independent voters agreed with the decision by better than a two-to-one margin.

However, support was divided along party lines. Fifty-six percent of likely Republican voters opposed the decision while 86% of Democrats issued praise. Sixty-six percent of independents backed the policy change, while 26% disagreed.

Obama announced the shift on Friday, saying it will make U.S. immigration policy "more fair, more efficient and more just." The changes would allow people younger than 30 who came to the United States before the age of 16, pose no criminal or security threat and were successful students or served in the military to receive a two-year deferral from deportation.

Mitt Romney has faced a sizable deficit among Latino voters and despite pledging to veto the DREAM Act, a law that would provide a legal pathway to citizenship for children of illegal immigrants, earlier in the election cycle, he declined to say over the weekend if he would overturn the new policy if elected president.

The latest poll results underscore a challenge for the presumptive Republican presidential candidate as he attempts to court the Latino vote, the nation's largest ethnic minority who strongly supported Obama's candidacy in 2008.

Republican senator and high profile Romney backer Marco Rubio dropped plans on Monday to introduce his own immigration legislation that would grant work visas to some young Americans who entered the U.S. illegally. Rubio spokesman Alex Conant said Obama's announcement "took away our momentum and made the politics a lot tougher."

Obama and Romney are scheduled to address the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials annual conference later in the week in Florida, a key general election battleground state with a large Hispanic population.

Both candidates also released Spanish language ads this week. Romney unveiled a spot Monday attacking the president's record on the economy. Team Obama released a spot Tuesday promoting the national health care law that will run in Nevada, Colorado and Florida featuring Latino talk show host Cristina Saralegui, who endorsed the president after the policy shift, according to the campaign.

The Bloomberg National Poll surveyed 734 likely voters between June 15 and June 18 with a sampling error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.

Filed under: 2012 • Latinos • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. James Ruston

    can: So your daughter wants to clean toilets, pick crops, or build houses. Don't think so.

    June 19, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  2. Andrew

    So my sis-in-law who is from Ukraine had to jump thru hoops,spend thousands dollars and wait over a year to be here with my brother and do it legally just for obama with a swipe of the pen lets illegals stay. wheres the justice and fairness in that? just sends message of do it illegally we dont care. how bout they do it the correct way like so many do?

    June 19, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. John, PA

    Illegal voters support the Obama immigration change and that’s about it.

    Now the standard has been set by Obama and the next president can decide what laws to enforce. Roe vs Wade will no longer be enforced, any one providing abortions can be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for premeditated murder.

    June 19, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. Solus5

    I consider myself and independent conservative. I agree with the change in immigration concerning children who were brought here illegally. I would like more of a committment to the following:

    1) They do NOT vote.. They are NOT citizens so they do NOT vote until they go through the process and become citizens.
    2) If they do not sucessfully complete the already established process of citizenry, they are sent back immediately.
    3) They do NOT vote.. (did I already say that?) \
    4) If they have ANY criminal background.. thier gone... end of story.. No second chance... do not pass go..
    5) If there are unpaid medical bills or write offs from hospital bills that are unpaid or in collections, they do not become a citizen until those are paid off.

    I am not for sending these people who have been here since they were 12 home without an opportunity to legally become citizens. I do however, feel that there are certain rights that belong ONLY to naturalized or legalized citizens. Among those are: 1) right to vote, 2) right for government sponsored student aid, 3) Social Security, 4) Right to sue or collect unemployment, workers comp, or punitive damages afforded under our legal system.

    June 19, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. Neek

    @Can–Are your daughter and her friends looking for jobs in corporate America, in Banking, perhaps in the Medical field? If they are then I can assure you, Hispanic immigrants are not a threat to them finding work. Not to say that they aren't capable, it just isn't as many minorities in certain fields of employ. I am making sure that my children get degrees in engineering or science. This is where the market is least saturated and the likelihood of finding work right out of college is strongest. If your children are competing with hispanics for jobs then you might need to look into what it is they are seeking to do for a living.

    June 19, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. Expat American

    Can – you sound like countless others who feel superior to certain jobs while disparaging those who take these jobs in hopes of building a better life in the future – and in time, indeed a life better than yours (and your daughter's).

    June 19, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. 33mMD

    I don't believe anything CNN says anymore.

    June 19, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. donnie

    of course we support this. No brainer. Now lets move on. Repos will make a much bigger deal out of this than it is.

    June 19, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. stta

    I like the human idea to help the innocent children but for every break caused more incentive for people of other countries illegally immigrate into the US. For every aid for the innocent there needs to be a deterrent for those that are actually breaking immigration rules. If anything there parent that brought them into the country should be exposed and once the children are old enough to support themselves the parents should go back to their countries and apply to live the US correctly. The problem is the reward for entering illegally way out ways the risk. The only actual deterrent is to reverse that and not allow illegals to be able to get jobs, health care, housing, etc. Many of the resources are out there just with social security information but instead politicians continue kicking the problem down the road for votes.

    June 19, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. Steve

    Why do Conservatives believe that 9 year children came here on their own and vote illegally?

    June 19, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. Four and The Door

    So my sis-in-law who is from Ukraine had to jump thru hoops,spend thousands dollars and wait over a year to be here with my brother and do it legally just for obama with a swipe of the pen lets illegals stay. wheres the justice and fairness in that?
    ________________________________________________________________________________________You forgot Obama Administration rule No. 1. : All Politics All The Time. Ask yourself this. How big is the Ukrainian/ American voting block? That's right. Not big enough to talk about justice and fairness. All Politics All The Time.

    Romney 2012 and as many Republican Senators as we can put in.

    June 19, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. He won't say

    And we still have Mitt out there trying to figure out which way he should be flopping. Can't say he is against it and can't say he is for it. Maybe after this poll he will come out with a stance. lol lol lol lol hear that, I said Mitt might take an actual stance!!! LOL sometimes I am sooo funny.

    June 19, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. Laverne

    This is a 2 year deferrment for young immigrants who ended up here illegally from age 16 and under. Plus there are conditions like must be in school or graduated and/or working. Yes it may be political, but it is still the right thing to do. The problem is white America think they get to call all the shots as to who gets to come to America and stay in America. Don't worry it won't be long before your opinions won't matter at all, remember you will be the minority soon!

    June 19, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. nolimits3333

    Obama does it again.

    Republicans are on the wrong side of every issue.

    June 19, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. Al-NY,NY


    I don't believe anything CNN says anymore.

    does that mean when there's bad news for Obama you're not going to crow about it?

    June 19, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  16. Eric

    So CNN is still claiming that these polls with thier imaginary numbers have any kind of relevance after the Scott Walker recall poll? I'm sure every american is just tickled pink to give away jobs that dont exsist to people not allowed here, it's cool, if they dont take jobs away from americans they can just jump on the welfare system like thier unresponsiable parents!

    June 19, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. Expat American

    We most likely vote for different candidates but I agree with you. A good friend had to wait 7 years, spend thousands of dollars and she gained her US citizenship the right way. I admire her for doing that.

    June 19, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  18. Steve- Illinois

    Anything to divert attention from the economy, and buy votes!! The Obama way!!

    "The private sector is doing fine!" Barack Obama

    June 19, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  19. betterdays

    My last comment was moderated out of existence. Let's see if I can rephrase historical facts to fit CNN's Rules of Conduct:

    Recall how Native Americans responded to "illegal immigration" of the 1400s-1800s. Two different methods. One method was through peaceful negotiation and trade. The other wasn't peaceful at all, not by a longshot. Regardless, look where they are now.

    I think that about sums it up.

    June 19, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  20. dave

    Well if our laws are meaningless and so easily discarded, why bother following any of them. I think I will just pick and choose the ones I like as well.

    June 19, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  21. Ruth

    I married mine ...

    June 19, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. JoeRoj


    i wonder how you found out that the people taking the jobs that your daughter and her friends want are illegal... Did you ask them??? or are you just assuming since they probably look different from you???


    You do know that whoever applies for anything through immigration services has to pay a pretty penny?? I am more than certain that it will be the same for this process, and more money will be spent if they decide to become citizens later on.

    June 19, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  23. hammer

    Voters also supported the Iraq war when it started.Was it right.

    June 19, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  24. California Gary

    Some of you need to quit calling the people that were brought into this country by their parents when they were minor children law breakers or illegals. They were children......they had no option but to accompany their parents. The parents would be illegals and law breakers, not the children. When someone robs a bank, do we convict the children of the bank robber as well? This was the appropriate action to take and it needs to become a permanent measure.

    June 19, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  25. Donna

    It is sad that many feel that the illegals are only taking small jobs from the American citizens, they are being so mislead. Those who have illegally obtained S.S. numbers and other peoples ID's, have been taking true Americans jobs.

    June 19, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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