A new NY Times/CBS News poll shows 2/3 of respondents favor allowing illegal immigrants to become legal. And there is little partisan difference:
Many Republican lawmakers have rejected this plan, calling it amnesty that rewards immigrants who broke the law when they entered the United States. But the poll showed that differences are not great between Republicans and Democrats on this issue, with 66 percent of Republicans in the poll favoring the legalization proposal, as well as 72 percent of Democrats and 65 percent of independents.
And a whopping 76% of respondents agreed that undocumented immigrants should have the opportunity to apply for citizenship.
As an aside, I’m not sure what to make of the 67% for legalization (question 63 on page 27 of the results (PDF)) and the 76% for citizenship (question 72 on page 28). It must have something to do with the wording of the question. Regardless, these results match the results of other recent polls.
The Lou-and-Lou (as in Dobbs and Barletta) race-baiting dog-and-pony show just doesn’t cut it with the American people.
Andy in Harrisburg