Republican views on immigration reform shift dramatically

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A Quinnipiac University and CNN poll on Republican views on immigration indicate that the chances of getting comprehensive immigration reform passed are slimmer than ever. Here’s an analysis of the poll by the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake:

The Q poll shows support for allowing illegal immigrants to apply for citizenship falling to its lowest point since the survey started asking the question two years ago. Fewer than half — 48 percent — now support a path to citizenship, down from 57 percent one year ago. The poll also shows that 35 percent say these immigrants should be required to leave (the word “deportation” is not mentioned). That’s a new high, and it’s up nine points from the last poll. And here’s the real kicker: The shift is almost completely among Republicans. Although they supported citizenship over deportation 43 to 38 percent in November 2013, today they support deportation/involuntary departure over citizenship, 54 to 27 percent.

That’s two to one — a stunning shift.

Some are blaming Obama’s executive action, which have motivated the Republican base. Whatever the cause, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who’s likely going to face a tough 2016 primary and who had supported comprehensive reform, probably won’t be pushing for it anytime soon.


5 thoughts on “Republican views on immigration reform shift dramatically

  1. Andy Mattoon Scott

    The 30-06 has always my favorite caliber, all-American and reliable, unlike our Prez.
    We can’t even uphold the laws on the books, in fact, they are being ignored by pressure from above. If this scary precedent continues, we will be in anarchy soon.

    Clean up the mess that exists, follow the rule of law, stop using emotional pablum to create new laws ( by dictates) that simply cause more mess. This Gordian knot cannot be untied by
    the circuitous circumvention of Congress using Executive Orders, unless of course you are a
    self-appointed dictator. All bow to Barry the bombastic bunglecrat and forget Congress; afterall that pesky constitution just gets in the way of moving forward.

  2. Billiam

    Of course Lisa Murkowski won’t support anything bold. She is unable to be bold. She’s afraid of her own party along with her own shadow.

  3. Garand Fellow

    For me the problem is twofold, and it is all in process rather than substance. First, President Barack Hussein Obama should have very demonstrably closed the door at the border very tight preparatory to easing problems some existing illegals have. That is good process. If you want the public to buy into a new development, let’s say a new mining prospect, you first need to make your existing mine squeaky clean to prove to the public that you are competent. If you have an existing mess then it’s stupid to think the public will overlook that and trust you with a new prospect. I think that as a salesman this president came along at exactly the right time, and he had the right appearance and message but in dealing with people he is stupid.

    Second, this president has absolutely no credibility so he should have put others out in front on this. Everything this fellow touches turns to mud – the economy, the world stage, racial relations, etc. etc. On the eve of introducing a new, controversial initiative any public official has to assess how much credibility they have at that moment; and in that the process is more important to success than the message. Even if this president did not deserve his very poor credibility, especially poor with productive, tax-paying Americans, if he had wisdom he would have recognized this situation and introduced this initiative differently.

    On the other hand there is a small chance that President Obama is outsmarting all of us, that he is gaming us. Possibly he knows this will fail, wants it to fail, and believes he can thereby win with two constituencies.

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