The vast majority of Americans get what little news they devour from the mainstream media. Therefore, a poll two days or even two weeks after the passage of SB1070 might not be measuring a response to the actual law. It might be measuring a concern over immigration, generally speaking.
The people behind SB1070 are documented extremist hate groups who have fought tooth and nail against immigration reform. SB1070 isn't reform, it’s codified racism. The following article attempts to peek behind the curtain and yields some interesting insights]
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"The Immigrant" 1903
Shocker: Most Backers of
Law Support Humane Immigration Reform Arizona
by Frank Sharry
With national polls showing majority support for
Here’s a shocker: four out of five voters who support
In a bipartisan survey sponsored by America’s Voice Education Fund and conducted by Lake Research Partners and Public Opinion Strategies of 800 registered voters nationwide, with an oversample of 300 Latino registered voters, we sought to understand the motivations and sentiments underlying the top line support for Arizona’s tough immigration law. Here is what we found:
Three out of five voters nationwide do indeed support the
At the same time, four out of five of the voters who support the
In addition, strong majorities believe that illegal immigration is a national problem, prefer comprehensive reform to Arizona-style laws in their state, and want the problem of illegal immigration acted on now.
Here are the numbers. Like other polls, our latest shows that 60% of voters support the
This bears repeating:
More than 4 out of 5 voters who support the
How can voters enthusiastically support an
At the core, voters’ support was rooted in frustration with lack of action at the federal level. When we asked voters why they supported
Furthermore, by a margin of 53% to 18% voters prefer a comprehensive national solution to a version of
The passage of the
Voters were asked to choose between three policy options: deporting immigrants in the
Finally, we found that comprehensive reform unites rather than divides Americans, with 77% of Latinos in favor, roughly the same proportion as the electorate as a whole. In fact, comprehensive immigration reform is more popular overall than the
Is our poll an outlier? Not at all. Our findings, especially with regard to support for a path to legal status for those in the
Actually, these results are consistent with polling conducted over the years. In the words of Markos Moulitsas, support for comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship has been “gaudy ” for some time. What may surprise many, however, is that voters can simultaneously support the
So, to recap, voters – frustrated with federal government inaction -- much prefer “doing something” to “doing nothing.” They increasingly want the problem of illegal immigration addressed now. They understand
Politically, this means that the conventional wisdom about how to interpret majority support for the
Instead of ducking it, Democrats should lean hard into the immigration issue, knowing that the problem-solving and pragmatism embedded in their support for comprehensive reform connects them with the broad majority of Americans who are hungry for solutions on this complex issue. It means Republicans who pander to an angry anti-immigrant base will not only continue alienating Latino voters, but will have a very difficult time expanding their support beyond that base.
But won’t a battle over immigration reform mobilize the right, renew the “amnesty” attack, and turn these initial polls around? No. Recent polling by Hart Research Associates shows that comprehensive immigration reform holds up under the toughest attacks on some of the toughest terrain. And consistent with the findings regarding Arizona support trumped by support for comprehensive immigration reform, following a simulated legislative battle over immigration Democrats who support it actually improve their overall standing with voters.
If only the meaning of the nationwide reaction to
“... So why is it so hard to do what the American people -- most of us -- so plainly want done?”
An excellent question. If anything, support for the
Cross posted at America's Voice and The Huffington Post
A note on the cartoon (not used in the original post):
“The Immigrant” (1903) “Is he an acquisition or a detriment?” So asks this timeless Judge cartoon, in which the man just off the boat is a mute witness to the debate swirling around him: “He is a menace;” “He brings me cheap labor;” “He cheapens my labor;” “He brings disease;” “He is brawn and muscle for my country;” “He makes votes for me;” and finally, “He is a puzzle to me.” No one seems more puzzled by the cacophony than the immigrant himself.