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Thread: Alabama voters agree with Bush's immigration's plan

  1. #1
    Immigrant job visas OK, survey finds
    Monday, June 05, 2006
    TOM GORDON
    News staff writer

    Half the Republicans and Democrats who plan to vote in Tuesday's primary elections say they favor granting work permits to illegal immigrants, according to two new statewide surveys.

    In the same surveys conducted for the Birmingham News and other news organizations, most of the Democratic primary voters but far fewer GOP primary voters said their personal finances have been affected "a lot" by rising gasoline prices.

    The surveys were taken May 29-June 1, each of 400 registered voters. The 400 in one group said they planned to vote in Tuesday's Democratic primary. The 400 in the other group said they planned to vote in Tuesday's GOP

    Illegal immigration has become a nationwide political issue, with legislators in Montgomery and Washington debating what services immigrants should be able to receive and whether those in the country illegally should be made to leave.

    In last week's surveys, both groups of voters were asked, "If you had to make a choice, would you favor deporting all illegal immigrants, or would you favor allowing them to obtain work permits and stay in America as long as they pass a security check?"

    The response in favor of work permits (51 percent from Democratic voters, 50 percent from Republicans) and deportation (34 percent, Democrats; 36 percent, Republicans) showed "remarkable agreement" on the immigration issue, pollster Larry Powell said.

    Overall, in both surveyed groups, white voters (42 percent) tended to favor deportation more than black voters (20 percent).

    A year ago, the price of unleaded gasoline in Alabama averaged nearly $2. On Friday, the average price was nearly $2.70. In the survey, 86 percent of the Democrats and nearly 80 percent of the Republicans said the rising pump prices affected their personal finances "some" or "a lot." Nearly two-thirds of the Democrats said the prices affected them a lot. Among Republicans, 41 percent said the prices affected them some, while nearly the same percentage said prices affected them a lot.

    "The partisan difference here is partially due to income differences," Powell said. He said 77 percent of the survey's low-income voters said the gas prices affected them "a lot" while 42 percent of upper income voters said the same.

    Powell is a professor of communication studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He conducted the poll for The Birmingham News, FOX6 and WAFF-TV, Huntsville.

    The margin of error in each poll was plus or minus 5 percentage points. That means that 19 times out of 20, if the surveyed voters had cast ballots for candidates during the time the poll was conducted, the outcome would have been within plus or minus 5 points of the poll's results.

    E-mail: tgordon@bhamnews.com

  2. #2
    Immigrant job visas OK, survey finds
    Monday, June 05, 2006
    TOM GORDON
    News staff writer

    Half the Republicans and Democrats who plan to vote in Tuesday's primary elections say they favor granting work permits to illegal immigrants, according to two new statewide surveys.

    In the same surveys conducted for the Birmingham News and other news organizations, most of the Democratic primary voters but far fewer GOP primary voters said their personal finances have been affected "a lot" by rising gasoline prices.

    The surveys were taken May 29-June 1, each of 400 registered voters. The 400 in one group said they planned to vote in Tuesday's Democratic primary. The 400 in the other group said they planned to vote in Tuesday's GOP

    Illegal immigration has become a nationwide political issue, with legislators in Montgomery and Washington debating what services immigrants should be able to receive and whether those in the country illegally should be made to leave.

    In last week's surveys, both groups of voters were asked, "If you had to make a choice, would you favor deporting all illegal immigrants, or would you favor allowing them to obtain work permits and stay in America as long as they pass a security check?"

    The response in favor of work permits (51 percent from Democratic voters, 50 percent from Republicans) and deportation (34 percent, Democrats; 36 percent, Republicans) showed "remarkable agreement" on the immigration issue, pollster Larry Powell said.

    Overall, in both surveyed groups, white voters (42 percent) tended to favor deportation more than black voters (20 percent).

    A year ago, the price of unleaded gasoline in Alabama averaged nearly $2. On Friday, the average price was nearly $2.70. In the survey, 86 percent of the Democrats and nearly 80 percent of the Republicans said the rising pump prices affected their personal finances "some" or "a lot." Nearly two-thirds of the Democrats said the prices affected them a lot. Among Republicans, 41 percent said the prices affected them some, while nearly the same percentage said prices affected them a lot.

    "The partisan difference here is partially due to income differences," Powell said. He said 77 percent of the survey's low-income voters said the gas prices affected them "a lot" while 42 percent of upper income voters said the same.

    Powell is a professor of communication studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He conducted the poll for The Birmingham News, FOX6 and WAFF-TV, Huntsville.

    The margin of error in each poll was plus or minus 5 percentage points. That means that 19 times out of 20, if the surveyed voters had cast ballots for candidates during the time the poll was conducted, the outcome would have been within plus or minus 5 points of the poll's results.

    E-mail: tgordon@bhamnews.com

  3. #3
    Look, it is obvious where the american public stands and polls after polls have all shown the same thing...Only lou dobbs and zogby polls, which are both anti immigrants groups, shows that the american public are for deporting all undocumented.

  4. #4
    Now, Jean--poll after poll has shown that Americans don't want AMNESTY. And look at the wording on this question--it's the same old problem of false choices. Nothing about a middle ground of enforcing immigration laws, especially those against employers. And just what does "stay in America" mean? Citizenship? Or "guest worker", who leaves eventually? Nor does the question even raise the other issues related to the Senate Bill, such as the fact that the bill would allow illegal aliens to bring over their families (adding millions to those benefiting from amnesty) or to collect Social Security based on their illegal work EVEN IF THEY COMMITTED FRAUD, or that they get to choose which three of five years they'll pay taxes for, or the number of LEGAL immigrants who would be allowed to come each year. And just what WOULD happen to the illegal aliens who don't qualify for legalization? The bill doesn't say anything about that.

    "If you had to make a choice, would you favor deporting all illegal immigrants, or would you favor allowing them to obtain work permits and stay in America as long as they pass a security check?"

    Of course, if Americans support amnesty so strongly, then why is it that Mr. Bilbray, who campaigned in opposition to illegal immigration, just won the House seat Mr. Cunningham gave up when he was indicted? This was in CALIFORNIA, too.

  5. #5
    just admit it..anti-immigrants polls will show that 90% of the american public are against legal and illegal immigration WHYLE moderate polls that doesnt have affiliation with pro or anti immigrants group, shows that at least half the american public support some type of legal status for the immigrants that does not have crminal records.

  6. #6
    Just admit it, Jean--If Americans wanted AMNESTY, the House would jump on it. They don't, and it isn't just, or even primarily the polls. Congressmen react to what their constituents are telling them--you know, the people who actually have a vote. The ones who write and phone, and show up at public meetings.
    The ones whose interests Congress is supposed to be representing. The ones who will be deciding who gets into the House this fall.

  7. #7
    if congress was ever representing the desire of ppl then middle class would b flourishing. The minimum wage would'nt b $5.15
    They will always listen to ppl like Jack Abramoff ... Ever since the last federal increase in minimum wage congress has increased their own wage 5 or more times yet they have failed to do so for the middle or working class. Just recently they voted on increasing their salary
    "Congress for people" is a joke

  8. #8
    Aliba, You and I and the American people do not want these criminals here. There will be no Amnesty. Politicians that are leaning towards amnesty will be ousted in Nov. They already are in S.California. This post by this Jean is hogwash. A big wish that is not going to happen. The American people were slapped in the face in the 1986 Amnesty!! We will not let it happen again!!

  9. #9
    Amnesty is D.O.A.

    The American people are clearly opposed to amnesty, as witnessed by the fact that the House of Representatives won't go to Conference with the Senate's sell-out bill.

    Once again, the voices of the American people have prevailed...and, NO, they haven't forgotten the Mexican rags being waved in their streets by illegal aliens screaming, "Viva Mexico."

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