CBS poll shows midterm enthusiasm gap opening

posted at 9:21 am on August 7, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Last night’s release of the latest CBS News poll offers plenty to analyze, but most of its data tracks pretty closely to other polling. Barack Obama’s approval rating is 41/50, a slight improvement from June’s 40/54, and Congress is still less popular than personal-injury lawyers and used-car salesmen. Republicans are less popular than Democrats, but that’s only true in the abstract. When it comes to the midterm elections, an enthusiasm gap has developed that portends disaster for Democrats:

If the election were held today, the results would look much as they did in June, with Democrats holding a slight edge (41-37 percent). But among those who are more enthusiastic than usual about voting, Republicans have a lead (47-40 percent).

And just over a third of voters say they are more enthusiastic than usual about voting in November.

This year’s election campaigns have yet to capture the attention of many voters. Just a quarter of voters are currently paying a lot of attention to the campaign.

The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake explains why that matters — and why it may be worse than it looks for Democrats:

The CBS numbers aren’t quite “likely voters” — a voter doesn’t have to be more enthusiastic than usual to be a likely voter – but they do show how big the difference in enthusiasm (and, by extension, turnout) could be.

What’s more, among those who say they are equally as enthusiastic about voting as previous elections, significantly more are Republican-leaning (14 percent of the GOP) than Democratic-leaning (8 percent).

In a neutral environment, Democrats are supposed to have a slight lead on the generic ballot. Recent history shows the GOP tends to gain even when the generic ballot is close. If they have a generic-ballot lead, as they did in 2010, it’s Bad News Bears for Democrats.

There are still three months to go, and this is just the first in a long line of polls that will spotlight the differences between registered voters and those most likely to turn out on Nov. 4, but the fact that the most enthused potential voters favor the GOP by seven points has got to be concerning if you’re a Democrat.

We should start seeing the likely-voter screens in polls starting after Labor Day. The turnout models matter, as we all discovered to our chagrin in 2012, when those turned into a rerun of 2008 rather than 2010. Without Obama on the ticket, though, the demographics will change in the turnout models in a way that’s almost certain to put Democrats at a distinct disadvantage — and with more Democrats defending Senate seats, the disadvantage already exists.

There’s more to the poll than just the midterms, though. CBS surveyed on the border crisis, and discovered that Americans largely want the border enforced and crossers sent back immediately — even when the crossers are minors:

When asked what should happen to the Central American children who have recently crossed the border into the U.S. illegally, 50 percent of Americans say they should be returned to their home country as soon as possible, while 43 percent think these children should stay in the U.S. while awaiting an immigration hearing, according to a new CBS News poll.

Most Republicans think the children should be returned to their home countries, while most Democrats think they should be allowed to stay and go through a hearing process.

Almost two-thirds favor legislation that will make it easier to expedite deportations (65/28). That holds true across all of the listed demos; even Hispanics favor the bill by 54/40, and Democrats by 55/37. The reticence of the Obama administration and key Democrats in leadership to address this may well backfire on them.

In the more mundane parts of the poll, Obama fell to his lowest leadership rating in the CBS series, 50/47. Only 25% now say they have a lot of confidence in his ability to handle a foreign-policy crisis, a decline of 14 points over the last year. The direction-of-country question got its worst rating since the ObamaCare rollout debacle, 25/67. Obama remains underwater on all three issue areas surveyed by CBS:

  • Economy – 40/54
  • Foreign policy – 36/48
  • Immigration – 31/57 (was 35/56 in June)

Small wonder voters are getting enthusiastic — about removing Obama’s allies from the House and Senate.


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Get ready for the TB epidemic in Elementary Schools all across the country

Privatize It on August 7, 2014 at 9:23 AM

And, what percentage of respondents support obama’s plan to grant these illegal “children” AMNESTY? The obvious truth is that obama trafficked these “children” into the U.S. for political gain, and he’s not sending any of them home.

Pork-Chop on August 7, 2014 at 9:24 AM

I started today voting against Lamar Alexander in TN!!!!

hip shot on August 7, 2014 at 9:25 AM

When they start polling Likely Voters maybe the poll will mean something, until then it’s just background noise and filler.

Johnnyreb on August 7, 2014 at 9:25 AM

OT- General Greene’s body just arrived at Dover AFB. Obama AWOL. Simply disgraceful.

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2014 at 9:32 AM

While polls like this one offer some ephemeral hope, I have to accept the fact that, if not enough of my fellow citizens have gotten it through their heads what a disaster the Obama presidency is, we’re well and truly doomed, and there’s little I can do about it.

Drained Brain on August 7, 2014 at 9:32 AM

This is the same optimistic parsing the HotAir crew was up to in 2012. And they are making the same mistake. In 2012, there was an enthusiasm gap for republicans that didn’t play out. But the larger repeated error is that in 2012 Ed consistently compared 2012 a Presidential to 2010 a midterm cycle. Here he’s doing the same. Why? Because comparing the poling to 2010 and 2006 reveals that while democrats will lose senate seats, they are performing far better than 2010 dems and 2006 repubs were in the leadup to those landslides. And that’s especially bad because, demographics get worse and worse for the GOP. It’s currently impossible to win Presidential cycles, how long till midterms are lost too? 2018? 2022?

libfreeordie on August 7, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Small wonder voters are getting enthusiastic — about removing Obama’s allies from the House and Senate.

So Boehner is toast?

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2014 at 9:33 AM

OT- General Greene’s body just arrived at Dover AFB. Obama AWOL. Simply disgraceful.

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2014 at 9:32 AM

I don’t know. If the alternative is him showing up and lying to the General’s family members, maybe it’s best he stay away.

Doughboy on August 7, 2014 at 9:34 AM

I am willing to walk over hot coals and broken glass to vote, even if I have to hold my nose and vote GOP despite the party’s history of establishment treachery.

I worry it may be the last free election I get to participate in with any chance of being in the majority. IOW, it’s for all the marbles.

Again.

bobcalco on August 7, 2014 at 9:34 AM

And, what percentage of respondents support obama’s plan to grant these illegal “children” AMNESTY? The obvious truth is that obama trafficked these “children” into the U.S. for political gain, and he’s not sending any of them home.

Pork-Chop on August 7, 2014 at 9:24 AM

1. Flood the border
2. Disperse the invaders
3. Arm the invaders with EBT cards, new clothes, shoes, cash, health care, education and a shiny new voter ID card for the momma’s and the adult men being passed off as “teenagers”.
4. Win elections forever

/Obama’s immigration policy in a nutshell.

Key West Reader on August 7, 2014 at 9:35 AM

OT- General Greene’s body just arrived at Dover AFB. Obama AWOL. Simply disgraceful.

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2014 at 9:32 AM

obama’s not interested in photo ops, wingnut. And he probably hasn’t even read about General Greene in the paper yet./

Yeah, it is a disgrace. For one that this even happened after all the other attacks by our “allies”. And secondly, the silence from the WH is deafening. What a pathetic CiC we have.

HumpBot Salvation on August 7, 2014 at 9:35 AM

libfreeordie on August 7, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Libfreeordie predicts a massive seep by the ‘Rats.

Let’s see how that one works out for you. You’re almost as Goddamned stupid and lazy as Obama.

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2014 at 9:35 AM

libfreeordie on August 7, 2014 at 9:33 AM

What’s that whistling sound? Oh, it’s the air escaping from brainfree’s ahole.

Stick to making meatloaf, sweetie. Your political predicitons are as accurate as your math skills.

HumpBot Salvation on August 7, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Who needs enthusiasm when there are plenty of dead voters and people who vote four or five times?

Dems play to win, rules and laws take a back seat. Does anyone think Obama really won straight up the last time?

fogw on August 7, 2014 at 9:38 AM

OT- General Greene’s body just arrived at Dover AFB. Obama AWOL. Simply disgraceful.

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2014 at 9:32 AM

obama’s not interested in photo ops, wingnut. And he probably hasn’t even read about General Greene in the paper yet./

Yeah, it is a disgrace. For one that this even happened after all the other attacks by our “allies”. And secondly, the silence from the WH is deafening. What a pathetic CiC we have.

HumpBot Salvation on August 7, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Greene was probably a holdout when asked whether he would be willing or able to order troops to fire on American civilians on American soil.

CurtZHP on August 7, 2014 at 9:39 AM

libfreeordie on August 7, 2014 at 9:33 AM

So, you’re not using the gerrymandering excuse any more?

sentinelrules on August 7, 2014 at 9:39 AM

while 43 percent think these children should stay in the U.S. while awaiting an immigration hearing,

Unbelievably high.

I want polling on the following questions:

Should we immediately deport or provide hearings for the following groups:

1. Children arriving with their mother or father or both.

2. Children arriving with another adult family member.

3. Children arriving to meet their mother or father or both, who are already in the US.

4. Children arriving to meet another adult family member, who is already in the US.

5. Unaccompanied teenagers with gang tattoos.

6. Adults passing themselves off as minors.

7. Truly unaccompanied minors.

To me, Categories 1-6 deserve immediate deportation. Category 7 gets an immediate screening and a swift hearing on the border.

And for good measure, let’s have definitive numbers on in what categories the invaders fall.

BuckeyeSam on August 7, 2014 at 9:39 AM

1. Flood the border
2. Disperse the invaders
3. Arm the invaders with EBT cards, new clothes, shoes, cash, health care, education and a shiny new voter ID card for the momma’s and the adult men being passed off as “teenagers”.
4. Win elections forever

/Obama’s immigration policy in a nutshell.

Key West Reader on August 7, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Exactly – And no one in “OUR” government is lifting a finger to stop him.

Pork-Chop on August 7, 2014 at 9:39 AM

List of school supplies for the 2014-15 year:

Pencils
Crayons (50 color preferred)
Glue stick
50 sheets wide ruled paper
Two 3-ring binders (any color)
Colored pencils
Yellow highlighter pen
Hazmat Suit of level “C” or higher (MOPP may be substituted)
Pathogen detection kit with BSL-4 capability
Three boxes of nitrile gloves
Atropine injectors (box of 10)
Body bag

Bishop on August 7, 2014 at 9:40 AM

…while 43 percent think these children should stay in the U.S. while awaiting an immigration hearing

They did there best to push their preferred answer by implying that illegal immigrants will actually show up to hearings.

forest on August 7, 2014 at 9:41 AM

OT- General Greene’s body just arrived at Dover AFB. Obama AWOL. Simply disgraceful.

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Dog Eater was going to attend when he heard the word “Green” but when he found it didn’t involve golfing the trip was canceled.

Bishop on August 7, 2014 at 9:41 AM

OT- General Greene’s body just arrived at Dover AFB. Obama AWOL. Simply disgraceful.

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Actually I don’t want that treasonous scumbag anywhere near a patriot’s remains.

rbj on August 7, 2014 at 9:41 AM

I’m sorry, but “more enthusiastic than usual” is a meaningless statistic.

Syzygy on August 7, 2014 at 9:42 AM

libfreeordie on August 7, 2014 at 9:33 AM

And your pathetic prediction is based on what? Possibly the same fairy dust where you predicted that Dems will be openly running on Obamacare in November? Remember that one? You really need to quit sniffing the dust.

Johnnyreb on August 7, 2014 at 9:43 AM

libfreeordie on August 7, 2014 at 9:33 AM

.
See ya in November . . . . . .

listens2glenn on August 7, 2014 at 9:45 AM

When asked what should happen to the Central American children who have recently crossed the border into the U.S. illegally…

The fact that such a question can even be asked it tragic.

How are we being invaded by children?

Akzed on August 7, 2014 at 9:47 AM

O-No-Care will drive premiums down and you’re gonna be pi$$ed.

libfreeordie on August 7, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Edited for accuracy…

22044 on August 7, 2014 at 9:48 AM

This meme on the GOP is thought of worse than Dums has a simple reason.
45% of the GOP thinks the whole Congress is a bust, including our guys, while the Dums don’t like Congress b/c the GOP controls the House, but are perfectly happy with the Libtards in general.

“Our guys” are constantly displaying Libtard Light behavior, to satisfy their big money supporters. And that really burns me and the other right leaning Americans.

gonnjos on August 7, 2014 at 9:49 AM

I’m not enthusiastic at all because my choices consist of panderers, retreads, lifers, stone cold morons, or a combination.

Franken’s big advertising push: “I helped pass legislation that makes it easier to track food spoilage in grocery stores.”

YAY! I mean on one hand it’s good because he isn’t doing any real damage by authoring scads of bills, on the other….well…let’s just say that if Franken is the best MN can do then maybe it’s time to call this experiment known as the United States as over.

Bishop on August 7, 2014 at 9:50 AM

The only poll I’m interested in now is a pole I can put upside a lib’s head.

docflash on August 7, 2014 at 9:50 AM

This is the same optimistic parsing the HotAir crew was up to in 2012. And they are making the same mistake… libfreeordie on August 7, 2014 at 9:33 AM

But these Obamacare posts are about whistling past the graveyard, by next Novemeber Democrats will be openly running on the ACA. Mark my words. libfreeordie on December 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Akzed on August 7, 2014 at 9:51 AM

This is the same optimistic parsing the HotAir crew was up to in 2012. And they are making the same mistake… libfreeordie on August 7, 2014 at 9:33 AM

But these Obamacare posts are about whistling past the graveyard, by next Novemeber Democrats will be openly running on the ACA. Mark my words. libfreeordie on December 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Akzed on August 7, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Hey now! He was right about how the R’s gerrymandered Texas to get Cruz to win so there is that………………….

VegasRick on August 7, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Akzed on August 7, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Thanks.

I was waiting for somebody to bring up that gem.

Libbie is such an ignorant fool.

cozmo on August 7, 2014 at 9:55 AM

So, you’re not using the gerrymandering excuse any more?
sentinelrules on August 7, 2014 at 9:39 AM

How do you think Ted Cruz became a Senator? Gerrymandering. lostmotherland on October 17, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Same IQ but different moron.

Akzed on August 7, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Hey now! He was right about how the R’s gerrymandered Texas to get Cruz to win so there is that………………….

VegasRick on August 7, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Heh. You’re confusing him with Gerry Toure Mander aka lostmymotherland.

22044 on August 7, 2014 at 9:56 AM

libfreeordie on August 7, 2014 at 9:33 AM

For what its worth slave, I think there might be a grain of truth to your comment. We on the right are surrounded by disengaged idiots and freaks. Perhaps you are in agreement with Palin as well.

Bmore on August 7, 2014 at 9:56 AM

After November Obama will be a lame duck…but, it won’t matter. He will be even more dangerous to this land, he will rule his last two years by diktat…

PatriotRider on August 7, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Demographics have definitely made it impossible for a Republican to ever win the Presidency again. And Virginia is now a solid-Blue lock for the Dems.

The GOP has a decent shot at renting the Senate for two years, but when they’re even struggling in NC, of all places, it does show that the Dems are doing better than in 2010.

mypalfish on August 7, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Congress is still less popular than personal-injury lawyers and used-car salesmen.

This question is pointless unless one party controls both houses.

forest on August 7, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Who, how, where, did they poll? It’s CBS who refuses to assist the constitution but will do all it can to dismantle it.

Don L on August 7, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Congress is still less popular than personal-injury lawyers and used-car salesmen.

If only we could get a CarMax with each politician running.

Don L on August 7, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Noah Rothman ‏@NoahCRothman 8m

But we’re soft and comfortable, and Obama’s party has an election coming up, so let the blood flow.

Bmore on August 7, 2014 at 10:04 AM

This is the same optimistic parsing the HotAir crew was up to in 2012. And they are making the same mistake… libfreeordie on August 7, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Get your copy/pastes ready boys! The man who couldn’t predict a sunrise just made his midterm prediction

Chuck Schick on August 7, 2014 at 10:04 AM

So Boehner is toast?

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2014 at 9:33 AM

He kind of looks like toast with that phony spray-on tan.

earlgrey on August 7, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Demographics have definitely made it impossible for a Republican to ever win the Presidency again. And Virginia is now a solid-Blue lock for the Dems.

mypalfish on August 7, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Demographics wouldn’t matter if:

1. The media was objective.

2. Liberal policies aren’t increasingly making people poorer and poorer, thus forcing them to rely more and more on government.

3. We actually had an education system instead of a indoctrination system.

Democrats want amnesty not because Hispanics always vote democrat, but because most of the people flocking over the border are uneducated and poor.

People like to succeed no matter who they are or where they come from. When the government actively hinders that success and forces people to the government then those people will naturally vote to keep democrats.

darwin on August 7, 2014 at 10:09 AM

From the road trip. Just about the only cars with 0 bumper stickers still displayed on them. Women. That’s right. The better half says its because they are one issue voters. Aborting perfectly good babies is the only motivating factor for their vote. Lest I be mistaken women are in the majority now. Add to this the moochers and looters presented with losing the free stuff. Plus the number of folks who truly want the destruction of the American dream. And of course the fact that the GOPe will do anything they can to spoil unity. Could be a tougher battle for control than we give it. 0 did win two terms, though many never would believe he could. I’ll stick with Zappa on this one.

Bmore on August 7, 2014 at 10:12 AM

So Boehner is toast?

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2014 at 9:33 AM

He kind of looks like toast with that phony spray-on tan.

earlgrey on August 7, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Errr, please pass the Windex!

Hahahahaha!

Key West Reader on August 7, 2014 at 10:14 AM

I am a very unenthusiastic Republican voter.

I don’t know which is worse, the GOP Establishment or Obama. At this point, what difference does it make?

ConstantineXI on August 7, 2014 at 10:18 AM

most Democrats think they should be allowed to stay and go through a hearing process.

Maybe somebody should ask them if they want thousands of court cases for illegals or they want a new school for their kids.

I can’t even comprehend what these people are thinking on this subject. Virtually everything the left claims to care about gets worse with illegal immigration. Housing, health care, education, the environment… They all become even worse than they are. But, they are simply unable to make the connection.

What the F%&* are these people thinking?

trigon on August 7, 2014 at 10:18 AM

mypalfish on August 7, 2014 at 9:57 AM

When have we had a republican running for president lately?

Tell you what. When we actually get a republican candidate and not a democrat claiming to be a republican then you can make this assertion.

If Reagan ran against King Putt the imperious reader, Reagan would have won in a landslide.

dogsoldier on August 7, 2014 at 10:22 AM

The polling data asks about children, and minors, and does not show the large number of intimidating looking teenagers that count in this group. The media always shows the mothers and children who do not count as unaccompanied minors, when they talk about this subject, and don’t show the Thugs which would change the answer to this poll question.

I want to see a poll question that asks specifically about teenagers who are UA, and specifically asks about gang members.

They won’t ask because they don’t want the answer. These are the UAC’s that disappear and don’t show up for a hearing. Then they are on the loose in our country causing all the trouble that teenage boys can possibly cause, including fathering “fatherless” children.

Fleuries on August 7, 2014 at 10:24 AM

ConstantineXI on August 7, 2014 at 10:18 AM

It’s like this:

Death by guillotine is fast and immediate. Death by slow poison is still death, but one has time and hope of an antidote.

dogsoldier on August 7, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Let’s see how many end up in Demo precincts.

This is the same optimistic parsing the HotAir crew was up to in 2012. And they are making the same mistake. In 2012, there was an enthusiasm gap for republicans that didn’t play out. But the larger repeated error is that in 2012 Ed consistently compared 2012 a Presidential to 2010 a midterm cycle. Here he’s doing the same. Why? Because comparing the poling to 2010 and 2006 reveals that while democrats will lose senate seats, they are performing far better than 2010 dems and 2006 repubs were in the leadup to those landslides. And that’s especially bad because, demographics get worse and worse for the GOP. It’s currently impossible to win Presidential cycles, how long till midterms are lost too? 2018? 2022?

libfreeordie on August 7, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Harder to steal all those local elections the way they did in ’12.

PS If the demographics are so bad for Rs (Lefty paradises like Seattle and San Fiasco devoid of kids, more black babies aborted than born), why does Barry need to import 30 million slaves?

formwiz on August 7, 2014 at 10:28 AM

I am a very unenthusiastic Republican voter.

I don’t know which is worse, the GOP Establishment or Obama. At this point, what difference does it make?

ConstantineXI on August 7, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Right there with you. Good thing for the Rebubs that I live in Texas and my vote, or lack thereof will not matter at all. Texas is red and always will be.

bimmcorp on August 7, 2014 at 10:32 AM

This is the same optimistic parsing

libfreeordie on August 7, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Seems to me I remember you optimistically parsing about how your Democrats were going to be running on the strength of ACA in 2014.

How is that working out for you?

(Starts another 10 acre field of sundials)

Del Dolemonte on August 7, 2014 at 10:48 AM

OT- General Greene’s body just arrived at Dover AFB. Obama AWOL. Simply disgraceful.

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2014 at 9:32 AM

I was wondering if that doooshbag would bother.
Thanks for the update.

Pelosi Schmelosi on August 7, 2014 at 10:58 AM

This is the same optimistic parsing the HotAir crew was up to in 2012. And they are making the same mistake. In 2012, there was an enthusiasm gap for republicans that didn’t play out. But the larger repeated error is that in 2012 Ed consistently compared 2012 a Presidential to 2010 a midterm cycle. Here he’s doing the same. Why? Because comparing the poling to 2010 and 2006 reveals that while democrats will lose senate seats, they are performing far better than 2010 dems and 2006 repubs were in the leadup to those landslides. And that’s especially bad because, demographics get worse and worse for the GOP. It’s currently impossible to win Presidential cycles, how long till midterms are lost too? 2018? 2022?

libfreeordie on August 7, 2014 at 9:33 AM

I agree with you but not for the idiotic misdirection you presented.

I think Dems will outperform because their Fraud Operation is better.

goflyers on August 7, 2014 at 11:00 AM

When asked what should happen to the Central American children who have recently crossed the border into the U.S. illegally, 50 percent of Americans say they should be returned to their home country as soon as possible, while 43 percent think these children should stay in the U.S. while awaiting an immigration hearing, according to a new CBS News poll.

Children. children, children….how come no one ever seems to mention the fact that 80% of illegals who have recently jumped the border are coming in *family units*? Kirsten Powers mentioned the word “children” or “kids” 16 times in a 6 paragraph opinion piece yesterday without once mentioning the fact that
over 300,000 illegals have swarmed the border during the past few months and less than 60,000 have been “unaccompanied children”…and that term is still misleading given the fact that alot of those kids merely came with a guardian who wasn’t a parent.

Children who are truly unaccompanied are a small fraction of the problem, yet to listen/read any discussion of the matter you would think they’re the only problem.

Very dishonest.

lynncgb on August 7, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Why don’t we just ship all these illegals to Canada? Sort of a reverse Keystone pipeline.

monalisa on August 7, 2014 at 11:27 AM

I started today voting against Lamar Alexander in TN!!!!

hip shot on August 7, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Me too!!! :D And I used my handgun carry permit as my voter ID!!!

ladyingray on August 7, 2014 at 11:28 AM

In Los Angeles, 40 Illegal Aliens a day are being freed to run around at will (not in the shadows) because they don’t show up to their immigration hearings. That’s the game plan of Liberal Democrats and RINOS……..40-a-day

Realdemocrat1 on August 7, 2014 at 11:32 AM

The polling needs to be corrected for the results of this question:

“How many times do you plan to vote in the November election?”

Carnac on August 7, 2014 at 12:15 PM

When you go to the WaPost’s liberal activist Aaron Blake for analysis you get what you deserve. As for the poll, consider the possibility that there are more choices than a) throw them back in the Rio Grande or b) cut them loose in the U.S. with a residency permit. Never to be challenged again.

Effing idiots.

Jaibones on August 7, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Poll: Majority Of Americans Say Illegal Immigrants “Threaten Our Way Of Life”…

A majority of people in the United States say undocumented immigrants threaten their way of life and even the economy, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Thursday.

Seventy percent said they believe these illegal immigrants threaten U.S. customs and beliefs. Eighty-six percent of Republicans hold that belief.

Nearly two-thirds said illegal immigrants are a burden on the nation’s economy, the poll found.

The survey found 45 percent said the number of immigrants entering the country legally should be reduced while 17 percent said more should be allowed to come. Thirty-eight percent said the current flow of legal immigration should remain the same.

More people in New England oppose illegal immigration compared to the rest of the country, the poll said. Nearly 80 percent of people in that region said undocumented immigrants threaten U.S. beliefs and customs.

Wait, what??? I thought the South was supposed to be the racist, bigoted, xenophobic region!

Resist We Much on August 7, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Do we know how many of these illegal invaders are actually children let’s say under 14? They talk a lot about “children” but I have a feeling there aren’t as many as is being advertised.

crankyoldlady on August 7, 2014 at 12:29 PM

OT- Haven’t seen this on HotAir yet. Came from Drudge yesterday:
http://eagnews.org/1000-member-secretive-progressive-journalist-group-uncovered/

Christian Conservative on August 7, 2014 at 1:43 PM

I thought the South was supposed to be the racist, bigoted, xenophobic region!

Resist We Much on August 7, 2014 at 12:23 PM

It is.

Tlaloc on August 7, 2014 at 1:45 PM

It is.

Tlaloc on August 7, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Looks like the Northeast has the South beat.

Resist We Much on August 7, 2014 at 1:53 PM

It is.

Tlaloc on August 7, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Not even close, fukktard. Go to any major metro in the NE. Start in Boston.

HumpBot Salvation on August 7, 2014 at 4:34 PM

50 percent of Americans say they should be returned to their home country as soon as possible, while 43 percent think these children should stay in the U.S. while awaiting an immigration hearing

Stupid poll – loaded.

Ask the real question – send home vs “hold temporarily before releasing into your neighborhood with the hopes of receiving amnesty and staying forever” – because the choices given seem to imply it’s send home now or send home later when the reality is send home or load up with federally-funded bennies then release into the general population.

Ask the real question, THEN tell me how closely the results are split.

WhaleBellied on August 8, 2014 at 12:29 AM

I thought the South was supposed to be the racist, bigoted, xenophobic region!

Resist We Much on August 7, 2014 at 12:23 PM

It is.

Tlaloc on August 7, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Not even close, fukktard. Go to any major metro in the NE. Start in Boston.

HumpBot Salvation on August 7, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Stop telling him he’s wrong about the south please. He is, but if he believes that he’s more likely to come here and find out just how wrong. That’s the last thing we need around here, thank you very much.

Did you ever wonder why more southerners don’t openly defend the south against such charges? We WANT people thinking it’s a sh!thole.

runawayyyy on August 8, 2014 at 10:19 AM