Major Partisan Divide over Immigration Reform; More Voters Think It's Going Nowhere

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: September 4, 2013 3:55 AM


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Two national polls released Tuesday find likely voters across the nation remain concerned about immigration, but -- with a major partisan divide on the issue -- remain convinced Congress will do little on the issue for the rest of the year.

While immigration reform backed by the “Gang of Eight” passed the Democratic-controlled Senate at the end of June, the measure appears stalled in the Republican-controlled House. U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has said he has no intention of bringing immigration reform legislation to the floor unless a majority of the Republican caucus supports it. Despite the backing of some high-profile Republicans in the “Gang of Eight,” including U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a majority of Republicans in the Senate -- 32 of them -- voted against the bill.

Rasmussen Reports released a national poll on Tuesday which shows a majority of likely voters -- 53 percent -- would favor a bill which would secure the border while ensuring most illegal aliens currently in the U.S. are given legal status. Less than a third of those surveyed -- 30 percent -- would oppose it. But the poll finds a major partisan divide on the issue since 70 percent of Democrats, 48 percent of independents and only 39 percent of Republicans surveyed support the idea.

Still, the poll finds Americans have little faith the “Gang of Eight’s” bill would be effective, with only 32 percent having faith in it while 58 percent think it will do little to improve securing the border. While a majority of Democrats -- 51 percent -- think the bill will help secure the border, 63 percent of independents and a whopping 81 percent of Republicans think it will be ineffective.

As the stalemate in Washington continues, fewer Americans think Congress will pass immigration reform this year. Only 28 percent of those surveyed think it will be signed into law before the end of 2013, while 63 percent think it will not happen this year. Rasmussen polls from May and June showed 37 percent of Americans thinking the bill would pass in 2013.

The poll of 1,000 likely voters was taken Aug. 31-Sept. 1 and had a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.

Rasmussen Reports unveiled another poll on Tuesday which shows 51 percent of likely voters say immigration will be very important in how they vote in 2014. The poll finds Republicans are more concerned about immigration than Democrats. A solid majority of Republicans surveyed -- 61 percent -- say immigration will be very important in shaping their votes in 2014 while only 42 percent of Democrats say it will. A slim majority of independents -- 52 percent -- say immigration will be very important when they cast their votes next year.

This poll of 1,000 likely voters was taken Aug. 19-20, 25-26 and 29-30, with a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com.

Comments (1)

12:04PM SEP 4TH 2013
this issue is a huge loser for republicans. once again they do nothing for no good reason.

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