Hart Research Associates did a poll after President Obama announced a series of executive orders that defers deportation for about 40% of those here illegally if they meet certain requirements. That poll found massive support for those actions.
Voters respond favorably by an overwhelming 39-point margin to executive action by President Obama that would focus immigration enforcement efforts on threats to national security and public safety while allowing some illegal immigrants to stay and work in the United States (67% favorable, 28% unfavorable). Support is broad, incorporating a majority of voters in every region of the country, among both men and women, and in states won by both Barack Obama (67% favorable) and Mitt Romney (65% favorable). Younger voters under age 35 express particularly strong support (72%), but more than 60% feel favorable in every age cohort.
Executive action receives support from 91% of Democrats and 67% of political independents. While a narrow 51% majority of Republicans oppose executive action (41% favor), this is driven mainly by a 34-point margin of opposition among Tea Party Republicans (30% favor, 64% oppose). Among non-Tea Party Republicans opinion is more divided, with 47% in favor and 45% opposed…
Many individual elements of the executive action are very popular with voters:
o Allow undocumented immigrants who are parents of children or young adults living legally in the United States to stay in the United States without being deported (66% favorable, 28% unfavorable);
o Expand the DACA program that provides temporary legal status and work permits to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children (63% favorable, 27% unfavorable);
o Provide temporary work permits to qualifying immigrants (76% favorable, 21% unfavorable)
Now it’s true that Hart is a relatively liberal polling firm and I haven’t seen the crosstabs or the makeup of their sample, but this is entirely in line with a ton of previous polling from other non-partisan polling companies. A recent NBC News/Wall St. Journal poll found that a whopping 74% support a path to citizenship (which would go even further than Obama’s orders). A Pew poll from October found that 71% think that “There should be a way for them to stay in the country legally, if certain requirements are met.” A CBS/New York Times poll in September found that only 32% think those here illegally should be deported, while 63% think they should be allowed to stay, whether they are allowed to apply for citizenship or not.
But remember, Obama is “giving the middle finger” to Americans because Republicans won seats in the Senate and this proves that a majority rejects any and every policy that Obama might ever support for the rest of his life.