Poll: Most Voters Won’t Support Candidates Opposed to Immigration Reform

Melissa Clyne, Newsmax, June 10, 2014

While Congress can’t seem to reach a consensus on how to tackle immigration reform, American voters are not waffling.

A recent poll conducted by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institution finds that nearly two-thirds of registered voters–62 percent–favor a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already living in the United States, while just 17 percent favor legal permanent-resident status, but not citizenship.

Even more striking is the fervor with which voters want to see Congress take action. More than half of the 1,538 voters surveyed–53 percent [Ed: the number is actually 51 percent]–said they will be less likely to vote for a candidate opposed to giving illegal immigrants citizenship.

The issue could prove especially prickly for Republicans, because 51 percent of establishment members of the GOP support a path to citizenship, according to the poll, while just 37 percent of those aligned with the tea party feel the same way. The same number, 37 percent, support a policy that would identify and deport illegal immigrants.

Twenty-three percent of tea party-affiliated voters favor offering permanent legal resident status but stopping short of allowing those in the country illegally to become citizens.


With the exception of white evangelicals, a majority religious groups across the board favor a path to citizenship. The breakdown is as follows: Catholics, 63 percent; minority Protestants, 62 percent; white Protestants, 58 percent. The religiously unaffiliated trumped the religious in their support. Sixty-eight percent want a path to citizenship. Just fewer than half–48 percent–of white evangelical Protestants favor citizenship, an 8-point drop since March 2013.


[Editor’s Note: When asked their position on immigrant, respondents were given four options: 1) “Allow them a way to become citizens provided they meet certain requirements”; 2) “Allow them to become permanent legal residents, but not citizens”; 3) “Identify and deport them” 4) “None of these”. Notably absent were options to maintain the status quo, or to pursue less rigorous enforcement options such as attrition through enforcement, which is the preferred policy of almost all mainstream proponents of immigration enforcement.]

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  • mobilebay

    I’m guessing that those who approve of illegal immigration or would like to see the invaders handed citizenship, are those that profit from it (votes or money). Those of us who recognize what unlimited, mass immigration is doing to our nation can only pray that we elect someone who cares more for us than they of catering to foreign interests.

    • Erasmus

      Eric Cantor was just handed his backside by the voters of his district. He outspent his challenger 50 to 1. Does anyone really believe that the citizens of the US want to see their country raped by a 3rd world mob Obongo and our other “leaders” in Washington are allowing to invade?

  • Alexandra1973

    Operation Wetback part 2. That’d be what I’d go for.

  • I wonder who paid for this poll.

    • Marc Zuckurburg

      You’re welcome.

    • trouble maker

      It was paid for by religious organizations that want the illegals here as they grow their churches and was done by an organization that wishes to keep doing business with these religious organizations. I bet they only polled church members who had lots of illegals in their church already.

      • Katherine McChesney

        Probably the Roman Catholic church. After all, all the countries south of the border are RC countries.

        • Alexandra1973

          Yep. It’s not just a racial war but a religious one as well…destroy what’s left of White Protestant America.

          • Katherine McChesney

            I agree. And there are books by RC priests and Jesuits who expose the RCC for flooding America with Catholics to destroy Protestantism in America. Adolfo Nicholas is succeeding in implementing Ignatius Loyola’s plan to enslave the World under Vatican rule.

        • Erasmus

          I no longer give to the RC church. I wish I had back every penny I ever sent to the missions in Latin America. What we should have been giving them was rubbers.

    • freddy_hills

      It was done by a religious group in partnership with the Brookings Institute. The Brookings Institute is a leftwing think tank. The poll is a fraud.

  • JackKrak

    Was this “poll” taken in the parking lot at Home Depot?

    • Pro_Whitey

      Yeah, how the bleep did they massage those results? Eric Cantor is incontinent about a challenge from an otherwise nobody, all because Cantor came out for amnesty. I want the poll questions asked in the following manner: Do you want your job opportunities, wages, and working conditions reduced by allowing illegal aliens to stay in the U.S.? Do you want housing prices to rise by letting illegal aliens stay in the U.S.? Do you want to be forced to move to an exurb and pay way too much for way too much house and land just so you can get away from the illegal aliens allowed to stay in the U.S.? Do you want your taxes to go up to pay for increased social service costs for illegal aliens and their progeny allowed to stay in the U.S.? I’d love to see the result to those questions.

    • r j p

      Come to Home Depot for a new lawnmower, and get yourself a lawn mower too.
      Get your roofing nails at Home Depot, get yourself a roofer too.
      Buy a doorknob at Home Depot, hire some drunk that knows less English than the doorknob, in our parking lot.

      Disclaimer: Home Depot does not guarantee the quality of service provided by undocumented “citizens” hired in our parking lot.

  • Rhialto

    This is about what is to be expected. Let’s assume 52% are Dems, and 47% are Repubs. So if 99% of the Dems, and 50% of the Repubs support massive immigration, that results in about 75% as for massive immigration. The survey shows 79%, a result that does not surprise me.

  • Dave4088

    And I thought “Newsmax” was supposed to be a conservative news site. Maybe they just got acquired by Sheldon Adelson which would explain their editorial shift on the illegal alien invasion.

  • WR_the_realist

    The poll is certainly skewed by its lack of the most viable option — attrition through enforcement. But we must also accept the reality, We have a generation of thoroughly indoctrinated graduates of our public schools now of voting age who actually believe the sort of stuff that MSNBC spits out every day. They really believe that nobody’s lawn got mowed and that no buildings got built in the 1960s before we had all these illegal immigrants to “do the jobs Americans won’t do”. They really believe that persistent academic failure of blacks and Hispanics is due to evil white privilege.

    • obot

      Except nobody watches CNN or MSNBC. Where do these idiots get the idea that we can have both open borders and a welfare state?

      • r j p

        The get the idea from the same idiots that think all cable packages need both CNN and MSNBC.

      • WR_the_realist

        Students don’t need to watch it. It suffices that their teachers have the same political views as Rachel Maddow.

  • IstvanIN

    Polls and statistics can be manipulated. If the treason lobby is so sure of itself lets have a national referendum.

    • Great idea, but they tyrant in chief would never allow it, and the courts would overturn a result they didn’t like.

    • Löwenmensch ᛟ

      National referendum?! No they can’t have that going on, that’s actual democracy.

    • Laura Dilworth

      Cantor was way ahead of Brat in the polls the other day.

    • bilderbuster

      National Socialist Germany had them all the time and they were fair with all kinds of international observers looking for fraud that even they had to grudgingly admit didn’t exist.
      The National Socialist agenda was wildly popular with the German voters and the National Socialists consistently received 90% or higher approval ratings.
      Switzerland has them today.
      Of course they are/were all White nations with a strong national identity.

  • The purpose of this poll and it being featured on Newsmax is to pressure Repugnant congress critters to vote for amnesty and open borders. A few emails to your congress critter can offset that pressure, stating that if he/she/it votes for amnesty they lose your vote and you campaign for someone else.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      I was over at your blog this morning. What exactly is the point of mocking border patrol agents? Are you pro-greaserito or anti?

      Aren’t you teaching white race traitors it’s OK to transport Mexicans in their trunks, because border agents will balk?

      Thoroughly confused. <:-(

      • I am anti-tyranny. Border Patrol checkpoints within the interior US are un-Constitutional. The Border Patrol have stopped me before and demanded to check my car with ZERO probable cause. If we don’t insist that law enforcement of all stripes follow the law, then we’re lost. Many of the BP agents are Mexicans who just want to hassle white folks. They wave many people through at those checkpoints.
        I’ve never heard of white race traitors going to the border to transport illegals in their trunks. That’s a job for the professional coyotes who use trucks.
        Also, by moving agents away from the border, Obama reduces their ability to catch illegals. They should be deployed on the border for maximum effectiveness. These interior checkpoints are designed to acclimate citizens into total obedience to the tyrannical martial law that is coming.
        If you check the post I just did in support of a Border Patrol officer’s cry for help, you’ll see that I support legitimate deployment of BP agents. Also, my comments here and posts elsewhere show that I am 100 percent against all immigration and 100 percent pro-white.
        I hope I’ve unconfused you because I appreciate your support.

        • AndrewInterrupted

          I think you may have inadvertently aided and abetted. The last thing we want to do is make race traitors smarter.

          • Race traitors rarely visit my site and when they do, they’re too busy leaving a nasty comment (not posted) to be concerned with packing illegals in the trunk of their car. Even if I aided and abetted, I have to stand by my principle of resisting the illegal acts of the authorities. I hope that at least a few race traitors like my style enough to come around to race realism. Figuring out how to convert them to our cause is a challenge all of us must undertake.

          • AndrewInterrupted

            I take a Friedrich Nietzsche view of the constitution at this point:

            ‘Convictions are prisons’

            If only the European-Americans follow the rules, we will lose.

    • bilderbuster

      The RINOs and the media are also saying he was overconfident too.
      He spent $5 million anyways against an unknown with a shoestring budget.
      Maybe he believed the polls and felt he was safe enough that he didn’t have to cheat.

  • LHathaway

    “the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institution”

    Isn’t the Brookings Institute a left wing think tank? I suppose if the journalist had identified it as left wing she could have been sued by them. That’s probably what stopped her.

  • Peter Connor

    Sure, that’s why Eric Cantor just lost his primary to a Tea Party anti-immigration candidate.

    • Rhialto

      A ray of sunshine on a Liberal day.

      • Peter Connor

        Not the only one, Conservatives seized the Virginia Senate.

    • willbest

      Don’t buy their frame. He is a pro US Citizen canddiate

  • AndrewInterrupted

    Cantor just got the boot in the primary. Later, traitor!

    • M.Magog

      let them eat churros said Maria Conchita Lopez Sanchez Antoniez

  • DelmarJackson

    Judging by the election Eric cantor just lost moments ago to Brat, who campaigned on no amnesty, the study may have been premature in its conclusions.
    I hope a Brat pack forms in all the upcoming elections so Sen Jeff sessions will not be so lonely standing up for America against the open border globalists and amnesty Washington weasels.

    • 4321realist

      “….the study may have been premature in its conclusions.”

      Or it could be the pollsters were open border supporters and were looking to instill the idea their agenda was favored by most.

      That occurs a great deal. And Newsmax could be one of those economic conservatives that hold hands with the Chamber of Commerce for cheap labor.

      Too, there’s is very little the leftist radicals ever report or espouse that is true.

  • Extropico

    Eric Cantor is projected to lose his VA primary. There is perhaps a gossamer of hope for the Republic just yet.

  • MekongDelta69

    Ask Eric Cantor how he feels about that [bogus] poll…

  • IKUredux

    I don’t believe this. As a matter of fact, I don’t believe any poll or anything this “gov ” or the msm says about anything. They have declared us to be the enemy. They are just like the muslims, lying to accomplish your goal is OK.

  • Nancy Thomas

    HAHA!!!! Fake poll! Tell that to Eric Cantor!!!!

  • kenfrombayside

    Keep the pressure on your reps in congress. Giving 11 – 30 million (nobody knows for sure) criminal lawbreakers legalization pure insanity. Plus, they could sponsor their relatives; that would bring the total up to about 50 million aliens in our midst. Of course, these new citizens will vote for the vile democrats and their socialist giveaways. Most of them will be unskilled, uneducated, low IQ etc. Stop this outrageous bill now. Don’t sit on the sidelines.You are not wasting your time. The American people don’t want this bill. You have to do all you can do to stem the third world assault:
    – Contact your 2 US Senators and rep in congress.
    – after biz hours, leave a message on your DC rep’s voicemail. All US Senators have multiple offices so it would be a good idea to hit all of the. Remember, be civil and don’t threaten
    – go to NUMBERSUSA then go to the take action button. You will be able to send faxes to your 2 US Senators and congressional for free. (I also gave a $50 donation).
    – use Business Reply envelopes to state your opposition to America’s insane immigration policies and the proposed amnesty. Don’t give the parties any money.
    – join an immigration group like FAIR. Strength thru numbers!
    – go to the RNC & DNC sites to email them.
    – Use the media: call a talk radio program; write a letter to your local paper. If the media outlet is liberal, then talk about economic impact of massive third world immigration.

    • r j p

      – use Business Reply envelopes to state your opposition to America’s insane immigration policies and the proposed amnesty. Don’t give the parties any money.

      I always stuff the Business Reply envelopes with sheets of old newspaper ads to add to the weight.

    • ShermanTMcCoy

      NUMBERSUSA is deserving of our financial support.

  • M.Magog

    Hmmm. chuckle. This ought to make Cantor feel better.

  • The final “credible” polls showed Cantor with a comfortable albeit not big lead over Dave Brat. Eric Cantor’s own bought and paid for internal poll showed him with a huge lead.

    How’d that work out in the only poll that mattered?

    Polls schmolls.

  • William_JD

    …nearly two-thirds of registered voters–62 percent–favor a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already living in the United States….

    Of course, no one has ever proposed a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. A path to citizenship would require an end to the obscene practice of “affirmative action” for Hispanics. What is always proposed is a path to special citizenship or super-citizenship in which the illegals get all kinds of privileges and immunities that White Americans don’t get.

  • Pelagian

    So many young white Americans have no work ethic at all. We are doing this to ourselves, to a large extent.

  • I will never vote, ever again for anyone who supports the Greaserization of the USA.

  • American_cavalier

    Uhhh now after Cantor I think this particular poll taking institute will go out of business.