Poll Says Americans Support Immigration Reform and 20-Week Abortion Ban

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: August 3, 2013 3:55 AM

Marco Rubio

A poll released Friday found a majority of Americans support the Senate “Gang of Eight’s” immigration reform and support efforts to move the abortion ban from 24 weeks after conception to 20 weeks.

The immigration reform bill has been a leading priority for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who is expected to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Rubio is also expected to be the sponsor of the 20-week abortion bill in the Senate.

Quinnipiac University unveiled a poll on Friday which shows 64 percent of registered voters support the immigration reform bill which passed the Senate at the end of June while only 31 percent oppose it. The bill’s prospects in the U.S. House are uncertain.

"The public supports the immigration bill 2:1 and shows unusual agreement given the divisions in the country on many other issues," said Peter Brown, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "It seems the only group divided on this issue is Congress."

As Brown noted, support for the immigration reform bill stretches across party lines with 73 percent of Democrats, 61 percent of independents and 60 percent of Republicans supporting it. A larger percentage of independent voters -- 35 percent -- oppose the immigration reform than Democrats -- 22 percent -- or Republicans -- 33 percent.

The poll found there is a slight gender gap on the issue with women supporting immigration reform more than men. More than two-thirds of women surveyed -- 68 percen t- -support the Senate bill while 60 percent of men do. Only 24 percent of women oppose it compared to 37 percent of men.

Hispanics support the immigration reform bill more than whites and blacks. Only 19 percent of Hispanics oppose the bill while 72 percent support it. While 22 percent of blacks oppose the bill, 69 percent of them support it. Whites are more divided but 63 percent of them support the immigration reform bill while 33 percent oppose it.

The poll also found most Americans remain pro-choice on abortion with 58 percent saying they want abortion to remain legal in most or all cases while 37 percent think it should be illegal in most or all cases. Despite that, 55 percent of those surveyed want to see abortion banned 20 weeks after conception while 30 percent think it should be banned after 24 weeks. 

There is a partisan divide on the issue. The poll finds 62 percent of Republicans favor the 20-week ban while only 17 percent favor the 24-week ban. Democrats are more divided with 46 percent preferring the 20-week ban and 44 percent favoring the 24-week ban. A majority of independents -- 59 percent -- prefer the 20-week ban while 26 percent support the 24-week ban.

Surprisingly, women lean toward the 20-week ban, with 60 percent of them favoring it and only 25 percent preferring the 24-week ban. Men are more divided, with 50 percent of them thinking the 20-week ban is for the best while 35 percent of them favor the 24-week ban. The poll finds almost no differences between whites, blacks and Hispanics on this issue.

The poll of 1,468 registered voters was taken from July 28-31 and had a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percent.

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com.

Comments (16)

3:22PM AUG 3RD 2013
Yes, yes . . . . . always believe a national poll that samples less than an average of 30 opinions per state . . . . .

Pathetic . . . .
10:17AM AUG 6TH 2013
Likewise, always listen to someone that signes their correspondence as "Pathetic...."

8:46PM AUG 6TH 2013
Must be that home schooling . . . . or that attendance at Dan Quayle high school . . . .

Pathetic . . .
5:25PM AUG 4TH 2013
yes and they were all illegal aliens that were polled...
4:31AM AUG 5TH 2013
Ah, another informed LuLuLand to-some-unknown point comment . . . . . .

Pathetic . . .
2:18PM AUG 3RD 2013
I very much doubt this poll is correct, some poll/taking company is being paid big bucks to persuade Congress that "We the People " support these issues. We do NOT!
False data, false polls .. . .
1:24PM AUG 3RD 2013
I fail to understand how people can love a child before it is born, then hate helping that same child. Or believe in a death penalty. All seems a bit hypocritical. Or claim to support small gvmt, then want to get into others lives. Hypocrits
11:41AM AUG 3RD 2013
I had not seen this poll. Wonder were they did this? I am sure they just asked 10 or 20 people cause the ones I have seen are going the other way.
10:08AM AUG 3RD 2013
The reason our country has lost its way is because it doesn't understand that right or wrong is not determined by a poll, it was determined by God. Man can only determine what is legal or not legal. Legal does not equate to right. When amoral people legalize amoral behavior, they are only saying that moral people must tolerate their immoral behavior, but it is always immoral even if 100% say it is not.

The question that begs an answer is, what exactly changed at 20 weeks of pregnancy that did not exist in 19 weeks? Then 18 weeks? 17 weeks? Answer: Nothing. A human being was formed from conception no matter how many perverted people deny it. We have no authority to make wrong right.

Our government was established by the people to protect our rights. The right to Life was the most important right, the right to Liberty is trumped by the right to Life. The right to pursuit of happiness (originally meant industry and wealth*) is trumped by the right of Liberty. Having the government take your wealth to give it to others is clearly a violation of the constitution. Giving away your citizens stuff to illegals non-citizens is even worse. Having illegal aliens cancel your votes intentionally by people who could never get elected without illegals voting is clearly a violation of the oath of office.

Round up the illegals send them back to their country of origin. Take their possessions to pay for their transportation. As for the children of illegals, they can be adopted or taken back by the parents to their own country. Children never decide where they should live, the parents always make that choice. Let's get back to being a great nation once again as it was before the "New Deal" which was the forerunner to "Hope and Change." Everything changed for the worse.

Rubio turned out to be just another self-serving politician and not the leader that introduced himself as. His chief adviser is a wind sock not his conscience.

* Pursuit of industry is to work hard, take risks and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Taking your fruit is a violation of the oath of office, you know the part about uphold the Constitution.
10:20AM AUG 6TH 2013
Very well said. Expect to be attacked by the liberal whackjobs out there. There are many of them.
1:02PM AUG 4TH 2013
Saudi Arabia is your destination dream country. A theocracy that when you look at the details you will surely be all in and they are even in the midst of a big illegals round up and deportation. Plus public executions.You will need to convert to Islam to be able to fully enjoy but I bet you have it in you to do so.
10:21AM AUG 6TH 2013
Liberal whackjob #1
3:23PM AUG 3RD 2013
Too bad your 20 weeks is clearly unconstitutional and will (like always) get itself overturned . . . .

Pathetic . . .
10:21AM AUG 6TH 2013
Liberal whackjob #2
11:18AM AUG 7TH 2013
Of course, you must be right (far right) . . . and it's not like that such 20 week timeframes have already been overturned as unconstitutional by the courts, now is it . . . once again, you want to spout visceral non-reality and truthiness . . . . so sad to see that the only response you seem capable of making consists of using "whackjob" over and over without any other intelligent analysis or viewpoint . . . politics of demonization . . . . . absolutely . . .

Pathetic . . . .
Robert Koeller
8:15AM AUG 3RD 2013
Why in the heck do they NOT understand IILEGAL, Damn it we can't just give 20 million people a free ride.

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