Americans are seeing through the protests in Arizona this past weekend fighting the law to stop Illegal immigration.According to a new Rasmussen survey finds that only 25% have a favorable view of those who marched and protested for immigrant rights in major cities. Fifty percent hold an unfavorable opinion and another 26% are not sure.
59% of voters favor legislation like Arizona’s that authorizes local police to stop and verify the immigration status of anyone they suspect of being an illegal immigrant. Only 32% oppose such a law. Those figures are virtually unchanged from a week ago indicating that the propaganda being spewed by the pro-Illegal immigration forces simply are not working
The support remains even though 57% of voters are at least somewhat concerned that efforts to identify and deport illegal immigrants will end up violating the civil rights of some U.S. citizens. Forty percent (40%) do not share that concern.
Fifty-seven percent (57%) also continue to support a welcoming immigration policy that only keeps out “national security threats, criminals and those who would come here to live off our welfare system.” Twenty-six percent (26%) do not agree with that goal for U.S. immigration policy. Seventeen percent (17%) more are not sure.
Do you think Cubans are fighting for healthcare or freedom from Communism?
America is watching this issue closely. Eighty-two percent have followed recent about marches and rallies for immigrant rights at least somewhat closely.
The only group that favors Illegal immigration are the Democrats 55% of the President’s party oppose the law that gives local police greater authority to question immigration status while 80% of Republicans and 62% of independents favor such a bill.
Republicans and unaffiliated voters hold a more negative opinion of the protesters than Democrats. Democrats and unaffiliated voters are more worried than Republicans about possible civil rights violations. But Republicans believe more strongly than Democrats and unaffiliated voters in a welcoming immigration policy.
As on many issues, there is a wide gap between the Political elites and Mainstream Americans.
Seventy percent (70%) of Mainstream voters support legislation that authorizes local police to stop and verify the immigration status of anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally. Sixty-six percent (66%) of the Political Class oppose such a law.
This helps explain the difficulty Congress has in coming up with immigration reform legislation that passes muster with voters. Eighty-one percent (81%) of Mainstream voters continue to view controlling the border as the top priority of any such legislation, while 70% of the Political Class say legalizing the status of the millions of undocumented workers already in the country is most important.
Three-out-of-four voters believe that the federal government is not doing enough to secure the nation’s borders. In fact, 56% believe that the policies of the federal government encourage illegal immigration.
Thats the issue, Americans want their government to secure the borders first, then we can talk about the immigrants who came into the country illegally. The President, who sees the illegal immigrants as a potential progressive voting bloc, does not agree.