Poll Suggests North Dakotans Strongly Support Immigration Reform


Politico reported yesterday that new polling showed strongly majority support for immigration reform across the nation. According to the polling data from North Dakota, reform is popular in this state as well.

Here’s what Politico reported:

In a polling memo set for release Thursday– and shared early with POLITICO – Democratic pollster Tom Jensen and Republican pollster Brock McCleary reveal that their surveys found “overwhelming, bipartisan support for the bill” across 29 states.

“Over the last few years, we’ve seen a country increasingly polarized across party lines when it comes to almost all attempts to move legislation. Yet, the compromise that’s been crafted on immigration reform is a rare exception to that rule. The bill that’s been constructed has broad support with every segment of the electorate in every part of the country,” write Jensen, who heads the firm Public Policy Polling, and McCleary, of Harper Polling.

In each state, the pollsters described the legislation in accurate but positive terms, telling participants that the Gang of Eight bill would help “secure our borders, block employers from hiring undocumented immigrants” and require undocumented immigrants to meet “a long list of requirements … over more than a decade” in order to obtain a pathway to citizenship.

Presented with that favorable description of the legislation, voters responded warmly, with between 61 and 78 percent in each state expressing support.

Posted below are the full questions, as well as the responses.

Here are the results:

88% – Percentage of respondents who say it’s “very” or “somewhat” important to fix our immigration system this year.

68% – Percentage of respondents who “strongly” or “somewhat” back the current Gang of Eight reform proposal being debated in Washington

65% – Percentage of respondents who “strongly” or “somewhat” back “an immigration reform plan that ensures undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S. pay a penalty, learn English, pass a criminal background check, pay taxes, and wait a minimum of thirteen years before they can be eligible for citizenship.”

66% – Percentage of respondents who say they’re more likely to vote for an elected official who backs such a plan.

69% – Percentage of respondents who “strongly” or “somewhat” agree that their senators should back this legislation.

That’s strong support, but again this is a poll which describes the legislation in terms that are pretty convenient for the legislation itself. I suspect that, as the immigration debate looms larger in the public’s mind, the strong support this poll shows will erode.

North Dakota Immigration Poll Toplines

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • two_amber_lamps

    Idiots who believe this will solve our immigration issues are sadly deluded.

    You’ll now introduce a whole subgroup of eventual citizens who have no interest in American citizenship for it’s sake, but rather for their own foreign interests.

  • devilschild

    Supporting immigration reform doesn’t mean someone is if favor of allowing illegal immigrants amnesty. It means to me that people want this matter dealt with because they are tired of the way things are right now.

    • two_amber_lamps

      Giving criminals (because let’s face it, those who disregard our laws ARE criminals) permanent status w/ eventual citizenship does nothing to deal with the issue at hand.


    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Well, right. “Reform” is an ambiguous term.

      But the poll asked some pretty specific policy questions.

      65% – Percentage of respondents who “strongly” or “somewhat” back “an immigration reform plan that ensures undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S. pay a penalty, learn English, pass a criminal background check, pay taxes, and wait a minimum of thirteen years before they can be eligible for citizenship.”

      • Hoth

        Yeah, but every one of those requirements can be waived, and I don’t doubt for a minute that they will be waived.

        • two_amber_lamps

          You would be correct sir! Especially when it’ll be the demo-socialists passing out the goodies from their self-serving little bag of faux pity.

        • JoeMN

          Or Democrats will personally walk their own law over to the Supreme Court to award them voting rights PRONTO

  • TexasJew

    What a bunch of Politico Dim crap
    If the public knew what was really in this horrific bill, the US Senate would be lynched

  • TexasJew

    They pay zip back taxes then get EITC cash, the English requirement is no such thing and they get immediate access to welfare benefits
    It’s a crock and a scam
    It will leave the Dims in power forever and destroy this country
    I live on the southern border
    Believe me. I know what’s coming

  • kevindf

    They must have only polled the slackers with LSS.

  • Nathanael Auran

    I hope the 62% here from March is still as high now…

    I have told my Senators not to support this or any bill until borders are secure first!

  • fredlave

    I’d show them the fine print and then ask them again.

  • Say It

    With all the newcomers to North Dakota for the oil fields, we should know better than let anyone enter the country. Multi-Cultural is Anti-Cultural.

  • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

    Yeah, not!

  • mickey_moussaoui

    I believe we are past the point where any true reform will ever take place. The Democrats need a permanent low information underclass to maintain their “victim status” vs “the rich” and the Republicans need a large number of unskilled workers to maintain a low pay structure for manual labor across the nation. These 10 million plus uneducated and government dependent Mexicans bring nothing of value to the American public and will be used as pawns against us by our own government.

    Chew on that

    • WOOF

      Define “us”

      “will be used as pawns against us by our own government.”

      • Neiman

        The American people, I guess you Soviets disagree.

      • mickey_moussaoui

        Don’t concern yourself with the fate of the nation. You’ll get to keep your unearned entitlements. The Dummycrats need good little pawns like you to keep the ruse going.

    • Neiman

      There is no turning back now, we fell into the trap of social engineering and pandering beyond just offering a helping hand up, to our building a huge welfare class. Immigrants, especially Hispanics are being used by both sides and to the detriment of the country and the Hispanics.

      From a secular point of view, it would require a true revolution, I am not talking about armed revolution, but a political one of true Tsunami proportions. We must go back to our roots and limited government or to a socialist state, we cannot long endure trying to straddle the two, a house divided cannot stand. Obviously, I would not like a socialist revolution, but we cannot long endure so divided, so hateful on both sides, with a totally dysfunctional, self serving government operated by an elite ruling class.

  • awfulorv

    Why are some Americans so eager to give away your children’s, and grandchildren’s, birthrights? I say, if you want to take over my country, oil your dusty guns and rid your naval ships, if you have any, of barnacles, and let’s have at it. Why Harry Reid, and the other traitors, think they’re gaining by tearing down this country, and giving it to a horde of uneducated mestizos is beyond me. The Democrats love to spend other peoples money, but these illegals don’t have any so what’s the point?