Posted on May 10, 2005

Zogby Poll: Americans Fed Up With Illegal Aliens, May 6

A new opinion poll by Zogby International indicates Americans are hardly pleased with the Bush administration on the subject of illegal immigration.

The poll, cited on CNN’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight” program yesterday, noted a huge majority — 81 percent — believes local and state police should help federal authorities enforce laws against illegal immigration. Only 14 percent disagreed.

Voters were also asked, “Do you support or oppose the Bush administration’s proposal to give millions of illegal aliens guest worker status and the opportunity to become citizens?” Only 35 percent gave their support, and 56 percent said no.

“A majority opposed illegal immigration,” pollster John Zogby told CNN. “In fact, when you combine those two terms, ‘illegal and immigration,’ it really conjures up a considerable amount of negatives. And, in fact, we find that it’s really across the board.”

According to the report, the greatest opponents of illegal immigration are Democrats, African-Americans, women and people with household income below $75,000, those with the most to lose in the job market.

When it came to the status of the nation’s borders, respondents were asked, “Do you agree or disagree that the federal government should deploy troops on the Mexican border as a temporary measure to control illegal immigration?” A clear majority — 53 percent — agree, while 40 percent disagree.

“The Minuteman program highlighted the fact that we need more tighter border security,” Phil Kent of American Immigration Control Foundation told the network. “So I think these numbers again are good. It’s a good civics lesson for the American people. It shows our elected leaders that we want action.”

In summing up her report, CNN correspondent Lisa Sylvester noted, “So, while the public wants tougher borders, politicians are pushing to leave them open. A real disconnect.”