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Poll: 80% of GOP voters favor citizenship

Published: Thursday June 22, 2006

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A new poll shows Republican voters don’t share as much hostility to immigrants as the Members of Congress they elect, RAW STORY has learned.

According to a report Thursday in Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire, a survey conducted for the generally pro-immigration Manhattan Institute, the Tarrance Group found that “80% of likely Republican voters favor allowing illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S. and earn eventual citizenship. In a finding that may draw the attention of skittish congressmen, the poll also found that half those voters would cast ballots for a favored candidate even if they they disagreed with the candidate’s stand on immigration.”

However, the poll also showed that a plurality of those who watched media footage of large pro-immigrant rallies were less likely to support citizenship for illegal immigrants. Additionally, 75% of those surveyed supported deploying the National Guard to the US-Mexico border.

The survey was administered to 511 Americans.