Gallup Poll Shows Most Positive Views On Immigration Since 2006

A Gallup poll released June 16 shows that Americans are more positive about immigration to the U.S. than they have been in the past six years.

The latest poll shows that 66 percent of Americans said immigration was a “good thing,” while 29 percent feel it is a “bad thing.”

Most notably, the 35 percent who “favor decreased immigration” is at its lowest level since Gallup started keeping track of the number in 1965.

Forty two percent favored immigration remaining at the same levels, and for the first time in over 40 years, that was a higher number than those favoring decreased levels.

This year, 55 percent of respondents would rather deal with immigrants that are already here, while 41 percent said they would rather focus on stemming the flow of illegal immigrants.

The timing of the findings could not be better for President Barack Obama, who is looking to lock up the Latino vote this fall.  President Obama announced last Friday that amnesty will be provided to illegal immigrants under the age of 30.

It was thought that Republicans could make some inroads with the Latino vote, which has typically gone to Democrat candidates for president.  President George W. Bush was able to get 44 percent of the Latino vote in 2004, an almost unheard of number for a Republican.

However in 2008, Republican presidential nominee John McCain was only able to garner 31 percent of the vote.

Because of rising GOP star, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), the son of Cuban immigrants, it was thought that that Rubio could help peel some of the Latino vote away with bills like the Dream Act from President Obama and toward Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney.

But according to the poll, when it comes to party lines, Democrats are typically more positive about immigration in the U.S. with 76 percent thinking immigration is a good thing.  Republicans are more positive on immigration than they were last year, with 62 percent of respondents saying immigration is a good thing.

Democrats also believe that the U.S. should give higher priority to dealing with immigrants, 65 percent to 47 percent for Republicans.

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