Saturday, June 09, 2007

Why Amnesty Was Defeated

Rasmussen is reporting some interesting polling data regarding the defeat of the immigration bill in the Senate (emphasis added):

"The immigration bill failed because a broad cross-section of the American people are opposed to it. Republicans, Democrats, and unaffiliated voters are opposed. Men are opposed. So are women. The young don’t like it; neither do the no-longer-young. White Americans are opposed. Americans of color are opposed.

The last Rasmussen Reports national telephone poll found that just
23% of Americans supported the legislation. "

"There is no mystery to why the public opposed the bill. In the minds of most Americans, immigration means reducing illegal immigration and enforcing the border."

The article goes on to point out that it is quite unusual for Washington politicians to be this out of touch with their constituents since they purchase quite a bit of polling data themselves.

"...the same politicians who were stunned by their misreading of the public on this bill will probably be stunned to learn something else—most Americans actually do favor a welcoming and open immigration policy.

The United States is a nation of immigrants. It is also a nation of laws. Voters want to honor both aspects of the national heritage. And, like good parents trying to instill values in their children, voters want their elected representatives to do the same."

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