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              People shout out against the Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act in the hall outside the House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. The committee in the Republican-led House is preparing to cast its first votes on immigration this year, on a tough enforcement-focused measure that Democrats and immigrant groups are protesting loudly. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Polls show weak support for Obama’s immigration push

Neil Munro
White House Correspondent

Two more polls released Thursday show continuing weak public support for President Barack Obama’s top-priority policy of increased immigration.

A Gallup survey showed the number of Americans who want increased immigration is only 25 percent. Another survey from Quinnipiac showed half of Americans opposing Obama’s immigration policies.

The Gallup survey of 4,373 adults also reported that 35 percent of Americans want reduced immigration, and 40 percent want immigration to stay level, said the poll, released July 11.

Quinnipiac’s poll showed public support for Obama’s immigration policy remains flat, at 41 percent approval and 50 percent opposition.

Only 35 percent of independents support his immigration policies, said the poll.

The Senate-passed immigration bill would roughly double annual immigration to add 46 million immigrants by 2033, and double the annual inflow of university-trained guest workers to more than 500,000 a year.

The inflow would lower average wages and education for a decade, but allow long-term increases in productivity, according to a June 16 report by the Congressional Budget Office. The bill would also shift more of national income from wage-earners to investors for at least 20 years, according to the CBO report.

The Senate approved the immigration bill 68 to 32 in late June.

But the House’s GOP leadership has adopted a go-slow approach, partly because opposition from the GOP’s base has partly canceled out demands by the GOP’s business allies for passage of the controversial bill.

One challenge in polling public opinion is that many Americans do not know the real levels of immigration or the increased immigration levels set by the Senate’s immigration rewrite.

A May poll by Rasmussen Reports showed widespread ignorance of current immigration levels.