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The Politics of Illegal Immigration

Click the below link for some very interesting info derived from exit polling of several key Republican primary contests.

California Closed GOP Primary

-- Viewpoints on Illegal Immigration

38% of GOP voters said deport them - McCain got 32% of their votes.

34% of GOP voters said allow them as guest workers - McCain got 50% of their votes.

26% of GOP voters said provide a path to citizenship - McCain got 49% of their votes.

Florida Closed GOP Primary

-- Viewpoints on Illegal Immigration

40% of GOP voters said deport them - McCain got 26% of their votes.

29% of GOP voters said allow them as guest workers - McCain got 37% of their votes.

29% of GOP voters said provide a path to citizenship - McCain got 46% of their votes.

South Carolina Open GOP Primary

-- Viewpoints on Illegal Immigration

52% of GOP primary voters said deport them - McCain got 26% of their votes.

19% of GOP primary voters said allow them as guest workers - McCain got 37% of their votes.

28% of GOP primary voters said provide a path to citizenship - McCain got 44% of their votes.

Virginia Open GOP Primary

-- Viewpoints on Illegal Immigration

44% of GOP primary voters said deport them - McCain got 37% of their votes.

28% of GOP primary voters said allow them as guest workers - McCain got 64% of their votes.

26% of GOP primary voters said provide a path to citizenship - McCain got 52% of their votes.

Morals of the story:

1. Reasonable minds can differ on major issues.
2. Conservative talk radio is a thick cocoon.
3. Pluralistic Republics are not fertile grounds for single-issue politics.


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Comments (6)

80% of americans oppose ill... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

80% of americans oppose illegal imagration and amnesty for illegal aleins and yet our bloodsucking political hacks ignore the will of the people

Tells me a lot of Conservat... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

Tells me a lot of Conservatives stayed home during these primaries.

Polls show there is some st... (Below threshold)
Jim:

Polls show there is some strong disagreement on the specifics. Not everybody supports deporting all illegal immigrants. A majority of Americans (presumably including Republicans) show a willingness to include a guest worker program, as well as even path-hood to citizen for some illegals assuming border security was in place.

Look, I didn't support the McCain-Kennedy bill (although I'm not a "deport them all" guy either"), but I think you have to be honest here. It not just the "truth tellers" versus all the vicious, no-nothing traitors.

It might be more honest to ... (Below threshold)
TLB:

It might be more honest to note that those polls appear to be missing a choice: enforcing our laws now to encourage voluntary departures. Those polls also didn't disclose everything that would be involved in all the choices, and if all the downsides of legalization - such as increased PoliticalPower for foreign governments inside the U.S. - were listed those choices would get much less support.

These types of polls might as well ask, "are the lies from the news media about this issue working?"

Yes, considering how few ac... (Below threshold)
civildisobedience Author Profile Page:

Yes, considering how few actual republicans voted in the republican primaries, any polling is a nice representation of moderates and non-republicans. Good luck in the fall with that as a "base". GOP, RIP.

The only solution to illega... (Below threshold)
RSG:

The only solution to illegal immigration is enforcing the law - at the border and at the workplace, else, half of ol' Meh-hee-co will be here faster than you can say "breakfast burrito, senor!"

In 2005, Gallop did a poll in Meh-hee-co and found that approximately 48% of all Mexicans wanted to come to the North American Union, I mean, the United States. With a population of around 105 million, that makes for a lot of "hard workin amigos" as Jorge Bush would say.

The fundamental question for Americans is: Do we want to remain a country or just an economic region with loose laws and "residents" instead of a nation of laws and citizens?

The Hildabeast, B.O. and Juan McAmnesty all agree - "open borders for all!" They all bend over when Mexico orders them to.




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