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Even Average Republicans Support Immigration Reform

When the basic outlines of the Senate immigration reform bill are described to registered voters it receives overwhelming support. By a two-to-one margin it is backed by the American people. From Quinnipiac:

24. As you may know, the U.S. Senate recently voted to pass legislation reforming the immigration system. The bill would allow illegal immigrants already in the country to become citizens after 13 years if they pay a fine and learn English. The bill would also double the number of border patrol agents, and double the amount of fencing along the Mexican border. In general, do you support or oppose this bill?

              Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp

Support       64%    60%    73%    61%    60%    68%    63%    69%    72%
Oppose        31     33     22     35     37     24     33     22     19
DK/NA         6      7      5      4      3      8      4      9      9

Even 60 percent of self-identified Republicans support the reform, but that still doesn’t seem to be enough to get House Republicans to take up the measure.

The current political dynamics in our country means that the average House Republican is not only to the right of the population as a whole but they even noticeably to the right of the average self-identified Republicans. Congressional Republicans main political concern is keeping the voting record in line with that of the Republican primary voters, who as a group tend to be significantly more conservative than the party as a whole.

The bad election laws, party dynamics and government structure in our country are causing a critical part of our federal government to move increasing towards the ideological fringe.

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Even Average Republicans Support Immigration Reform

When the basic outlines of the Senate immigration reform bill are described to registered voters it receives overwhelming support. By a two-to-one margin it is backed by the American people. From Quinnipiac:

24. As you may know, the U.S. Senate recently voted to pass legislation reforming the immigration system. The bill would allow illegal immigrants already in the country to become citizens after 13 years if they pay a fine and learn English. The bill would also double the number of border patrol agents, and double the amount of fencing along the Mexican border. In general, do you support or oppose this bill?

              Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp

Support       64%    60%    73%    61%    60%    68%    63%    69%    72%
Oppose        31     33     22     35     37     24     33     22     19
DK/NA         6      7      5      4      3      8      4      9      9

Even 60 percent of self-identified Republicans support the reform, but that still doesn’t seem to be enough to get House Republicans to take up the measure.

The current political dynamics in our country means that the average House Republican is not only to the right of the population as a whole but they are even noticeably to the right of the average self-identified Republicans. Congressional Republicans’ main political concern is keeping the voting record in line with that of the Republican primary voters, who as a group tend to be significantly more conservative than the party as a whole.

The bad election laws, party dynamics and government structure in our country are causing a critical part of our federal government to move increasing towards the ideological fringe.

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