Sunday, April 30, 2006

Scott Rasmussen discusses his polling results on immigration:
Most current discussion by elected officials starts with a focus on illegal aliens. For most voters, that's letting the tail wag the dog.

The best place to start is with the bigger picture where most Americans agree. We've been polling state-by-state on this issue all month and consistently find agreement on a few key points.

1. Most Americans in all states want a welcoming national immigration policy that lets our nation assimilate new people into the national melting pot. Our polls have consistently found strong support for a policy goal that welcomes everybody except criminals, national security, threats, and those who want to live off our welfare system.

2. Just as important, most Americans also want a policy that emphasizes enforcement first. They want the nation to gain control of its borders and enforce existing laws before other reforms are considered.

3. As a pragmatic step to support the first two points, most Americans want to build a barrier along the Mexican border.
Rasmussen also takes seriously the possibility of a third-party presidential candidate winning a few Southwestern states in 2008 based on the immigration issue. I wouldn't bet on that. I think it much more likely the Republican primaries will produce a candidate who endorses #1, #2, and #3 above, regardless of how he talks today.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello my new G.O.Pal! It was nice meeting you at game night last night. Thanks for hosting :)

Cool blog. Your analysis of immigration as a factor in the presidential race is right on, based both on the political climate not being ideal for third party candidates in coming election cycles and the weakness of immigration as a third party issue.

Also, I too love maps, though for emotional and aesthetic reasons rather than your far superior practical reasons. Kudos sir.

Kate-

5/07/2006 1:02 PM  

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