From Gallup [registration required]:
President Bush's primetime immigration speech on Monday night was -- intentionally or not -- closely calibrated with what public opinion research shows is the basic structure of the public's views on the issue on immigration. Polling shows that Americans broadly favor four of the basic elements included in Bush's immigration plan: an increase in border security, an increase in personnel manning the border, a program that would allow immigrants to become citizens if they meet a number of specific requirements, and a plan to enforce penalties on employers who hire illegal immigrants. When asked to choose between border control and dealing with the illegal immigrants already here, the public tilts towards giving a higher priority to increased border security. All of these points were reflected in the president's speech, suggesting that there will be little controversy concerning his police recommendations from the public's perspective.
The numbers were [in brief]:
62% of the people polled believe we can get control of the immigration problem
74% felt it was most important to control the border
71% felt it was most important to develop a plan to deal with the people here now.
By 52% to 43% people felt it was most important to halt illegal entry.
Only 21% support deporting all illegals and 61% support a road to citizenship.
This is pretty much in line with the CNN poll done the night of the speech which showed 79% approval of Bush's speech and 67% approval of his immigration plan. Zogby on the other hand says the support was split 47% to 47% in support of the Bush plan and Rasmussen says that Bush did badly with only about 39% supporting his plan and a majority supporting an enforcement only plan. hummmmmm.
What is up with this? These polls are not even close. Obviously they can not all be right. Does that mean none of them are?
Marie Harf explains
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