Only 28 percent of swing-voting independents support President Barack Obama’s immigration policies, while 59 percent oppose those policies, according to a new CBS poll, which also shows that GOP voters think immigration is a more important issue than Obamacare.
GOP-leaning supporters already oppose his immigration policy, by 85 percent to 7 seven percent, while Democrats are split, with 33 percent disapproving and 56 approving of his immigration policies, said the poll of Americans, not voters.
Overall, Americans disapprove of his immigration policies by 57 to 31 percent. That’s much worse than his overall rating, which showed 40 percent approval, and 54 percent disapproval, said CBS.
GOP supporters rated immigration as the most important issue facing Americans, ensuring that any action Obama takes is likely to nudge up GOP opposition.
Eighteen percent of Republicans rated immigration as the top issue, slightly above the 14 percent who consider the economy as the top issue, and twice the 9 percent who say Obamacare is the top issue.
In contrast, Democrats rated the economy more important than immigration, by 26 percent to 12 percent.
The combination of the relatively low 12 percent of Democrats who deem immigration to be a priority, and the 33 percent opposition among Democrats to his immigration policies, suggests that Obama won’t gain much additional ballot box support if he imposes the planned amnesty.
Independents’ attitudes were halfway between the two parties. Twenty-two percent said the economy is most important, while 12 percent said immigration is most important. But that 12 percent score was still the second-most important issue for swing voters.
The poll showed that only 38 percent of Americans believe the GOP will do a better job on immigration, while 41 percent of Americans believe the Democrats will do a better job.