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Gallup Shows Obama Is Wrong About Immigration

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Neil Munro
White House Correspondent

Only one in five Americans want to see additional immigration, while two in five Americans want less immigration, says a new Gallup poll.

The June 27 Gallup poll helps to explain why the GOP’s rejected the media-touted lobbying push for the Senate’s June 2013 immigration-boosting bill.

Progressives and business groups have spent at least $1.5 billion since 2008 pushing for increased immigration, and routinely insist that the public supports their version of comprehensive immigration reform. That version was approved last June by the Senate, and it would double the inflow of guest workers and legal immigrants up to roughly four million per year.

“The majority of the American people want to see immigration reform done,” Obama insisted during in June 27 interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

But even among Democratic respondents, only 27 percent want increased immigration, said the Gallup survey of 1,027 respondents.

That’s actually less than the percentage of Democrats who want it reduced, which is 32 percent, according to Gallup.

Only 23 percent of independents want immigration increased, while 43 percent want it to be reduced, said the new Gallup.

Fourteen percent of GOP voters want immigration increased, while 50 percent want it reduced.

Roughly one third of independents and GOP supporters say they want immigration to remain level, suggesting they’re not very concerned with the issue.

The new Gallup poll matches many other independent surveys.

For example, a 2012 Pew Research showed that 69 percent of independents and 59 percent of Hispanics say, “We should restrict and control people coming to live in our country more than we do now.”

A March 2014 poll by The Washington Post showed that independent swing voters would vote against a legislator who backed amnesty for illegals by 41 percent to 28 percent.

Even Hispanics oppose greater immigration, despite the concurrent sympathy with their co-ethnics south of the border. In June 2013, only 25 percent of Hispanics wanted immigration increased, according to a February 2014 Gallup poll. Thirty percent of Hispanics wanted immigration reduced, and 43 percent wanted it to stay level.

However, actual election-day support for more immigration may be far lower than even these polls show.