Voters in 29 States Overwhelmingly Back Bipartisan Senate Immigration Bill

On June 13th, Harper Polling and Public Policy Polling jointly released the results of new polls in 29 states showing overwhelming voter support for the legislation.  The polls were sponsored by the Partnership for a New American Economy, Alliance for Citizenship, and Republicans for Immigration Reform, representing the broad support for immigration reform from across the political spectrum.

The new polling data demonstrates that voters in critical states and across the country are ready for a commonsense solution to the country’s broken immigration system that includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

“The majority of Americans across state lines and party lines support comprehensive immigration reform,” said Partnership for a New American Economy Co-Chair and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “This is an issue that brings people together – Democrats, Republicans, and Independents in all fifty states know that until we fix our immigration system, we will continue hurting businesses, stifling innovation, and slowing economic growth. Americans want reform and Washington should listen. I urge Congress to move quickly to pass immigration reform so that we can grow our economy and create American jobs.”

According to the poll, voters in the 29 states support the Gang of Eight bill by large margins. Moreover, the results show that there is a genuine imperative for the Senate to support the bill as constituents said they are more likely to vote for an elected official who votes for reform.

Highlights of the findings include:

  • Across the 29 states, an average of 67.76% of the likely voters polled said they strongly or somewhat support bipartisan immigration reform legislation being debated in Washington.
  • 72% of those polled said they strongly or somewhat support a bill that includes a tough but fair path to citizenship like that in the Gang of Eight legislation.
  • 57.38% of those polled are more likely to vote for an elected official who supports comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship – compared to just 21.79% who would be less likely.
  • An overwhelming 87.17% of those polled said it was very or somewhat important that the U.S. fix its immigration system this year.

A summary of all poll results can be found here and the results of the individual state polls can be found here (or see below).

The Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone surveys of likely voters were conducted between June 2-10, 2013.  Each state poll has a minimum sample size of 500 respondents and a margin of error of less than 5%.

Harper Polling conducted the surveys in Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and Wyoming.

Public Policy Polling conducted the surveys in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, and West Virginia.

For a copy of the state poll toplines, please click below:

New Jersey
North Carolina
South Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia

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