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Poll: Will the Gang of Eight’s Immigration-Reform Proposal Help Your Party?

April 18, 2013

Will the bipartisan immigration-reform proposal from the “Gang of Eight” help your party?

DEMOCRATS (95 VOTES)

Yes: 86%
No: 14%

Yes

 

“Passing any legislation with a legitimate path to citizenship will help Democrats.”

“If it passes, we get most of the credit. If it fails, they get all of the blame.”

“Good government almost always helps those who engage in it.”

“Yes; more importantly, it will help our country. Our immigration system is broken, and we desperately need comprehensive immigration reform.”

“Getting this done is a legacy issue for Democrats.”

“It’s a key accomplishment, and it creates more Democratic voters over time, if we don’t blow it.”

“While Democrats will be advantaged, Republicans will be more advantaged, given that politically they need it more, thanks to the hole they’ve dug for themselves with Hispanics.”

“Yes, although only because the Republicans will be blamed more than the D’s for the cruel proposed pathway to citizenship. Obama should be embarrassed if he supports this.”

“The Latino community wants our party to put action behind their words.”

“Both parties, for once in a long time, will show they can work together.”

“It would solidify the Hispanic vote for a long time. The Hispanic voters would know that the Democrats delivered—bringing along, kicking and screaming, a very reluctant Republican Party.”

“We need to deliver on the promise. Keep hope alive.”

No

“It is likely to have very strict requirements that will be unpopular in the Hispanic community.”

“Immigration reform helps the Republicans. Makes them look less Stone Age.”

“No, it gives Republicans cover on an issue on which they are at odds with history.”

 

 

Will the bipartisan immigration-reform proposal from the “Gang of Eight” help your party?

REPUBLICANS (97 VOTES)

Yes: 75%
No: 25%

Yes

“A big risk with our base, but a net plus with swing voters.”

“The GOP will never win on immigration, but it could lose. Anything which moves it off the electoral radar is upside potential.”

“It is just what the doctor ordered—a balanced, reasonable approach to solving a major problem facing the country. And most Republicans will eventually come to see it that way.”

“Resolving the immigration issue is step No. 1 to eliminate the perception that the GOP is intolerant.”

“Marco Rubio is the Pied Piper of conservative policy; whatever tune he is playing, we are following.”

“It’s a gateway issue with the Hispanic community. We either get it right with changing demographics or get used to being a minority party for years to come.”

“Just introducing a bill is helpful, but we also need to pass substantive reform. Otherwise we will continue to refight the policy issue every cycle from an indefensible position, getting none of the political benefits.”

“It will help put a stop to the hemorrhaging.”

“First, it would show GOP [is] not totally obstructionist, and second it would move party closer to where the rest of the country is.”

“Savvy Republicans want immigration off the docket. Destructive Republicans want to keep pushing an agenda of bigotry and exclusion.”

“It’s pushing reasonable voices to the front of the line.”

No

“Lots of gear-grinding on our side, dutifully amplified by the media, punctuated by ugly rhetoric from anti-immigrant GOP members.”

“Republicans have not spent sufficient time articulating what they are for on this issue. They will get zero credit for any reforms passed.”

“What is best for the country is not necessarily a win for either party, and that’s OK.”

“Unless embraced by the grassroots, it’ll hurt Republicans.”

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Democratic Political Insiders Jill Alper, John Anzalone, Brad Bannon, Dave Beattie, Andy Bechhoefer, Cornell Belcher, Matt Bennett, Mitchell W. Berger, Mike Berman, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brathwaite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brewer, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bonnie Campbell, Bill Carrick, Guy Cecil, Martin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Cohen, Jerry Crawford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Danielson, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott DeFife, Jim Demers, Tad Devine, David Di Martino, Debbie Dingell, Monica Dixon, Patrick Dorton, Pat Dujakovich, Anita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve Elmendorf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Ferson, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Foley, Jeffrey Forbes, Vincent Frillici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Michael Gonzalez, Joe Grandmaison, Anna Greenberg, Stan Greenberg, Pat Griffin, Larry Grisolano, Michael Gronstal, Lisa Grove, Marcia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Harpootlian, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hattaway, Mike Henry, Karen Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Harold Ickes, Marcus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jarding, Jonathon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kaufman, Lisa Kountoupes, Celinda Lake, David Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Lehane, Jeff Link, Bob Maloney, Jim Manley, Steve Marchand, Jim Margolis, Paul Maslin, Keith Mason, Susan McCue, Gerald McEntee, Steve McMahon, Tom McMahon, Phil McNamara, David Medina, Michael Meehan, Mark Mellman, John Merrigan, Michael Monroe, Steve Murphy, Janet Napolitano, David Nassar, Marcia Nichols, John Norris, Tom Ochs, Tom O’Donnell, Jeffrey Peck, Debora Pignatelli, Tony Podesta, Jefrey Pollock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Reiley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ricchetti, Will Robinson, Steve Rosenthal, David Rudd, Ryan Rudominer, John Ryan, Michael Sargeant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shumaker, Sean Sinclair, Phil Singer, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thornell, Jeffrey Trammell, Ed Turlington, Rick Wiener, James Williams, JoDee Winterhof, Brian Wolff, Jon Youngdahl, and Jim Zogby.

GOP Political Insiders Dan Allen, Stan Anderson, Gary Andres, Saulius (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bainwol, Brian Baker, Gary Bauer, David Beckwith, Paul Bennecke, Clark Benson, Wayne Berman, Brian Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Blalock, Carmine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bonjean, Jeff Buley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Cardenas, Danny Carroll, Alex Castellanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cicconi, Jonathan Collegio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Corman, Scott Cottington, Jay Cranford, Greg Crist, Diane Crookham-Johnson, Fergus Cullen, Tom Davis, Mike Dennehy, Ken Duberstein, Debi Durham, Sara Fagen, Frank Fahrenkopf, John Feehery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Benjamin Ginsberg, David Girard-diCarlo, Bill Greener, Jonathan Grella, Lanny Griffith, Janet Mullins Grissom, Doug Gross, Todd Harris, Steve Hart, Christopher Healy, Ralph Hellmann, Chris Henick, Terry Holt, David Iannelli, Ed Ingle, Jim Innocenzi, Clark Judge, David Keating, David Kensinger, Bob Kjellander, Ed Kutler, Chris LaCivita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lombardo, Kevin Madden, Joel Maiola, Gary Maloney, David Marin, Mary Matalin, Dan Mattoon, Brian McCormack, Mark McKinnon, Kyle McSlarrow, Ken Mehlman, Jim Merrill, Lisa Camooso Miller, Tim Morrison, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nelson, Neil Newhouse, David Norcross, Ziad Ojakli, Jack Oliver, Todd Olsen, Kevin O’Neill, Connie Partoyan, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, David Rehr, Tom Reynolds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, David Roederer, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, Andrew Shore, Kevin Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steeper, Bob Stevenson, Terry Sullivan, David Tamasi, Eric Tanenblatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Timmons, Warren Tompkins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Dongen, Jan van Lohuizen, Stewart Verdery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee Westine, Dave Winston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Matthew Zablud.

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