Only 22% Of Americans Favor Immigration Bill
Posted on: 2007-06-26 21:02:59
Despite massive White House effort, support for plan has dropped
Despite a vigorous White House effort to rally support for the immigration reform bill debated in the Senate today, only 22 percent of Americans favor it, according to a new national survey.
Rasmussen Reports said the result is down one point from a couple of weeks ago and down from 26 percent when the bill was introduced.
Fifty percent oppose the Senate bill while 28 percent are not sure.
The plan would provide a path to legal status for the estimated 12-20 million illegal aliens now in the U.S. Opponents call the provision amnesty, because it allows illegals to acquire a "probationary" visa after only a quick, 24-hour background check. The White House contends the carefully crafted compromise would focus first on enforcement, allowing for more Border Patrol agents, more cameras and other technologies.
As WND reported, President Bush has visited Capitol Hill in his efforts to revive the plan, which died in the Senate two weeks ago when supporters could not muster enough votes to put it on a fast track.
The Rasmussen survey showed a bipartisan lack of enthusiasm for the Senate bill.
It has the support of only 22 percent of Republicans, 23 percent of Democrats and 22 percent of those not affiliated with either major party.
The opposition numbers are similar: 52 percent of Republicans, 50 percent of Democrats and 48 percent of unaffiliateds.