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Poll: Most in favor of illegals’ becoming citizens

Published: Wed, January 23, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press


More than 6 in 10 Americans now favor allowing illegal immigrants to become U.S. citizens eventually, a major increase in support driven by a turnaround in Republicans’ opinions after the 2012 elections.

The finding, in a new Associated Press-GfK poll, comes as the Republican Party seeks to increase its meager support among Latino voters, who turned out in large numbers to help re-elect President Barack Obama in November.

Emboldened by overwhelming Hispanic backing and by shifting attitudes on immigration, Obama has made overhauling laws about who can legally live in the U.S. a centerpiece of his second-term agenda. In the coming weeks, he’s expected to push aggressively for ways to create an eventual pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country.

The poll results suggest that the public overall, not just Hispanics, will back his efforts. Sixty-two percent of Americans now favor providing a way for illegal immigrants in the U.S. to become citizens, an increase from just 50 percent in the summer of 2010, the last time the AP polled on the question.

In an even earlier poll, in 2009, some 47 percent supported a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

Further boosting the president on the issue, Democrats have opened a 41 percent to 34 percent advantage as the party more trusted to handle immigration, the first time they’ve had a significant edge on the matter in AP-GfK polling.

In October 2010, Republicans had a slight edge over Democrats, 46 percent to 41 percent, on the question of who was more trusted on immigration.

Much of the increase in support for a path to eventual citizenship has come among Republicans.


1James_S(268 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

I don't believe it either.
They can tell lies in their papers and nobody can do anything about it. They just cover their lies with more lies.
Their elections are frauds too...
If elections were honest, they'd be outlawed.
There's more truth in the National Enquirer than in the rag papers owned by the lying "elite" who own and control their polling agencies.
"Don't be fooled..."

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2redeye1(5612 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Hman & James Both of your posts are absolutely correct. Obammy is trying to ruin this country by letting these lowlives in as citizens. if they really wanted to be citizens they would have gone about it the right way. By letting our Gov't welcome these people we will have criminials running around here that Mexico doesn't want. And once they are citizens , they will be able to apply for welfare and live off the hard working people of this country

God Bless America we are going to need it

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