“These results turn the often-heard statement that illegal immigrants do the jobs that Americans won’t do on its head,” writes Conway in her memo. Consider those results alongside those from a recent Reuters poll on immigration, which found 63 percent of those polled say immigrants place a burden on the economy.
Here are some more findings from the poll, according to Conway:
◦ 75% want more enforcement of current immigration laws, including 63% of Hispanics and over 50% of Democrats. Although the administration and their media allies have pushed Obama’s deportation record, few Americans are buying the idea that Obama is enforcing immigration law strongly.
◦ A majority name immigration as the most or one of the three most important issues to their vote this fall.
◦ While President Obama is underwater in his job approval (57%-40%), an even greater margin (two-thirds) of Americans disapprove of his handling of immigration. This includes one of his key constituencies, Hispanics, who disapprove of his job performance on immigration by 55% to 39%.
◦ Neither Republicans nor Democrats are viewed as doing a good job on immigration, a clear product of the GOP’s lack of coherent immigration message. That also means that neither party currently “owns” the issue. The current combination of children-at-the-border-crisis and an increasingly weakened President Obama is awakening a sleeping giant on an issue long eclipsed by the economy and healthcare
You can read the whole memo here.