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Voters Swing to Republicans on Immigration

Support for the Democratic approach to immigration reform appears to be in free-fall after this summer’s surge in under-age immigrants. This helps us understand Obama’s sharp pivot away from executive action in the run-up to the mid-terms. The Wall Street Journal:

Republicans seized on the influx to argue that U.S. borders are too porous, and they blamed what they consider to be Democratic leniency toward illegal immigration for persuading children to make the journey.

The result: voters’ trust in Democrats has fallen, as has their willingness to consider legalization for undocumented.

The new survey finds that 35% of people saying the Republican Party would do a better job on immigration, vs. 27% for Democrats. That represents a big swing from December, when 31% favored Democrats and 26%, Republicans.

But as President Obama gets set to pivoting sharply towards bombing Syria and Iraq—apparently by executive action as well—it’s worth noting that current polling favors bombing ISIS as heavily as it favored immigration reform back in the spring when Obama was all over the issue. One can’t help but wonder whether, if the polls flip again before Christmas, the President’s Middle East policies will also turn around.

All politicians need to take public opinion into account. But one never wants to look too much like one is leading from behind and chasing polls.

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  • Kevin

    Polling about preferred policy to help choose a policy is foolish. Rather politicians should poll (or gather other data) about what results voters want to see and then derive a policy which will deliver the most desired result.

    When I take my car in I don’t tell the mechanic I want a new fuel injector, rather I tell him I want the engine running well and I want a low cost to achieve this. If the mechanic achieves this I am happy with him regardless of whether he replaced the fuel injector or the thingamambob.

    If politicians deliver results voters want (and communicate this achievement effectively) then voters will be pleased. This endless dithering about what policy to choose is really a sign of incompetence on the part of politicians – they have no idea what to do and are engaged in a pointless debate about policy to cover up that they have no idea about how to deliver results (or to cover up that they have no intention of delivering them).

  • Corlyss

    Dims! You gotta love ’em! They can ALWAYS be counted on to overreach. The country has to go thru h*el*l to get them out of office, but eventually their fig leaves flutter to the ground.

  • lukelea

    The majority have long opposed mass immigration. They never voted for it. And they would like to see it stopped if given a choice.

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