Majority Of Voters Support Obama Immigration Policy Shift
A new Bloomberg poll finds widespread public support for the immigration policy changes announced by President Obama on Friday:
President Barack Obama is winning the opening round in the battle over immigration, according to a Bloomberg poll released today, putting Republicans on the defensive with his decision to end the deportations of some illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children,
Sixty-four percent of likely voters surveyed after Obama’s June 15 announcement said they agreed with the policy, while 30 percent said they disagreed. Independents backed the decision by better than a two-to-one margin.
The decision left Republicans struggling to respond, trapped between alienating their political base and sending a negative signal to the Hispanic community and independent voters. A majority — 56 percent — of likely Republican voters opposed the decision, while almost nine in 10, or 86 percent, of Democrats supported it. Sixty-six percent of independents backed the policy change, while 26 percent disagreed.
Along with yesterday’s poll of Latino voters, this is the reason why you’re seeing the Republicans play this one close to the vest.