Personal Liberty Poll
As President Barack Obama defies public opinion and mulls executive action on immigration reform, new poll numbers reveal the reason that a majority of Americans don’t want to see the President make it easier for illegal immigrants to remain in the country.
According to the results of a Reuters/Ipsos poll out this week, 70 percent of likely voters in the U.S. fear that the flood of illegal immigrants threatens America’s culture and economy. Respondents who identified as Republicans were the most likely group to see trouble on the horizon: 86 percent of the group expressed concerns that illegal immigration will damage the American way of life.
Among those polled, Hispanic and liberal voters were the most likely to welcome unilateral immigration reform action from Obama.
“The findings suggest immigration could join Obamacare — the healthcare insurance overhaul — and the economy as hot button issues that encourage more Republicans to vote in November’s congressional election,” Reuters said of the online poll.
Reuters contends that the growing prominence of immigration concerns is likely related to a deluge of media coverage of the issue, but the polling numbers indicate that immigration worries are also gaining ground on concerns about Obamacare and the economy because Americans believe the three are related. Sixty-three percent of the likely voters polled said that they believed the illegal immigrants making their way into the Nation by the thousands economically burden the U.S.
The poll also revealed some surprises.
The most widespread opposition to illegal immigration isn’t found in regions along the Nation’s southern border or in particularly conservative parts of the country. Rather, with 80 percent of respondents in the area opposed to illegal immigration, New Englanders were most apt to express concerns that the border crisis will damage the Nation.
The poll also found that a majority of Americans are concerned about the number of people allowed to immigrate to the country legally, as 45 percent said fewer should be permitted. Just 17 percent said the U.S. should embrace more legal immigrants, and 38 percent said that current legal immigration numbers are satisfactory.