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  • Polls are changing course

    The latest...per Washington Post.

    In the Polls

    Monday, May 15, 2006; Page A05

    In a Newsweek poll last week of 1,007 adults nationwide, 61 percent disapproved of the way President Bush is handling immigration, reflecting the findings of a CBS News/New York Times poll from the previous week, in which 58 percent of the respondents disapproved of how the administration is dealing with the issue. Fifty-nine percent of the 1,241 respondents in the CBS poll described illegal immigration as a "very serious" problem for the country, but a majority (61 percent) also thought illegal immigrants who have lived and worked in the United States for at least two years should be given a chance to keep their jobs. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll in April reflected similar results; 61 percent of the 1,005 respondents favored allowing illegal immigrants to remain in the country if they passed a security check and paid taxes. The margin of error for the polls ranged from three to 3.1 percentage points.

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    The latest...per Washington Post.

    In the Polls

    Monday, May 15, 2006; Page A05

    In a Newsweek poll last week of 1,007 adults nationwide, 61 percent disapproved of the way President Bush is handling immigration, reflecting the findings of a CBS News/New York Times poll from the previous week, in which 58 percent of the respondents disapproved of how the administration is dealing with the issue. Fifty-nine percent of the 1,241 respondents in the CBS poll described illegal immigration as a "very serious" problem for the country, but a majority (61 percent) also thought illegal immigrants who have lived and worked in the United States for at least two years should be given a chance to keep their jobs. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll in April reflected similar results; 61 percent of the 1,005 respondents favored allowing illegal immigrants to remain in the country if they passed a security check and paid taxes. The margin of error for the polls ranged from three to 3.1 percentage points.

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    • #3
      All depending, of course, on securing the borders FIRST.

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      • #4
        The NY Times/CBS poll is the same one Jean referred to last week as "proof" that public opinion is changing. As it happens, the questions was worded as either/or. Either you favor deporting all illegal aliens or you favor legalization (the form not specified). A false choice. But then, all the sponsors of the polls mentioned above are illegal alien cheerleaders anyway.

        As it happens, the House apparently doesn't believe the polls anyway:
        Massive street demonstrations by illegal immigrants and their supporters against a House-passed bill to get tough on undocumented workers appear to have struck a sympathetic chord with most Americans. A New York Times/CBS poll last week found that 66 percent oppose the House's measure to build hundreds of miles of fences along the southern border. Sixty-one percent said illegal immigrants who have lived and worked in the United States for at least two years should be given a chance to keep their jobs and eventually apply for legal status. Just 35 percent agreed with the House's position that they should be deported.

        But House members say they are convinced that their voters came to a very different conclusion from the marches -- the problem of illegal immigration is even more troubling than they thought, and House Republicans must stand by their position.

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        • #5
          For an analysis of why polls differ, sometimes quite radically, see
          http://www.mysterypollster.com/main/...n_immigra.html

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