A new nationwide poll shows the majority of American voters support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
Some 62 percent of registered voters back an immigration reform proposal that would allow illegal or undocumented immigrants to earn citizenship over a period of several years according to the Politico/George Washington University Battleground survey, released Monday. Some 35 percent of respondents opposed it.
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There are currently an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the US, 50,000 of which are Irish citizens.
Another ABC News/Washington Post survey conducted right after the presidential election produced similar results. The study found that Americans favored a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants by a 57 percent-39 percent margin.
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The results come amid reports that President Obama is to focus his attention on pushing immigration reform in the New Year.
The latest Politico survey shows that 74 percent of Democrats, 49 percent of Republicans and 61 percent of independents would back a reform policy that would give undocumented immigrants eventual citizenship.
The research also shows that more than three quarters of voters would support a DREAM ACT, which would allow the children of undocumented immigrants to remain in the US permanently , if they graduate from college or serve in the military.
A mere two percent of respondents feel that illegal immigration is the most important issue after government spending, jobs and the economy.
“The public is there for immigration reform,” said Democratic pollster Celinda Lake, who helped conduct the bipartisan poll. “The Republicans are marginalizing themselves and losing Latino voters, and their own base is not even with them.”
The POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground poll, conducted by the Tarrance Group and Lake Research Partners, surveyed 1,000 registered likely voters from Dec. 2 to Dec. 6 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
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