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Poll: Republicans Favor Path To Citizenship, Unless Obama Supports It

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Poll: Republicans Favor Path To Citizenship, Unless Obama Supports It


According to a new Washington Post poll, a majority of Republicans favor creating a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants — as long as President Obama does not.

The poll finds that 60 percent of Republicans favor a path to citizenship when Obama’s name is not associated with the proposal. When the proposal is tied to the president, however, just 39 percent of Republicans support it, representing a sharp 21-point drop.

The pattern repeats itself on ending the Afghanistan war — a proposal that 4 percent fewer Republicans favor when it’s connected to Obama — and on addressing climate change, which 8 percent fewer Republicans favor if Obama is for it as well.

An opposite pattern holds true for Democrats, who are more likely to support proposals to which President Obama’s name is attached. The Washington Post provides this helpful chart illustrating the partisan divide:

The poll helps to explain reports that the Congressional Hispanic Caucus urged President Obama not to unveil his own immigration plan in January. If the president really wants immigration reform to pass, then the best strategy may be to stay far, far away from it.

Photo credit: AP/Isaac Brekken, File

Henry Decker

Henry Decker was formerly the Managing Editor of The National Memo. He is currently an Online Associate at MRCampaigns.

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  1. TZToronto February 12, 2013

    Why am I not surprised? These folks have a big problem.

  2. charleo1 February 12, 2013

    Pavlov’s dogs weren’t trained as well.

  3. Blaze Stryker February 12, 2013

    What this really means is that, while President Obama is a centrist trying to do his damned job, both parties could give a rip..

    We’re about to see a return of the Least Productive Legislature Ever, just like last term.

  4. Budjob February 13, 2013

    Canada is looking better and better all the time!

    1. Siegfried Heydrich February 13, 2013

      Happy trails to you . . .

  5. Dominick Vila February 13, 2013

    The irony is that some of the proposals made by President Obama during the State of the Union address were embraced by the GOP as recently as a decade ago. Their opposition is fostered by hatred, a desire to make Barack Obama’s ability to govern as difficult as possible, and ensuring the economy remains weak to improve their chances of victory in 2014. Unfortunately for them, voters are not as dumb as they think we are, and all they have to do is to take a look at the results of the 2012 election to realize that.
    If they persist in the obstinacy, and focus on extremism, they are likely to become irrelevant within the next four years.

    1. Elisabeth Gordon February 13, 2013

      From your keyboard to God’s ears…

    2. Kei Yuuki February 13, 2013

      Its all about the black man being in charge. Remember, it all started before he was even inaugurated in 2009. It pure HATE from the right wing. If it wasnt these plans would not have been in place before he even officially became president.

      1. Dominick Vila February 13, 2013

        In all fairness, they also went after Bill Clinton. There is no doubt that intolerance is a major factor for the intense hatred that some Republicans demonstrate towards Barack Obama, but I would not be surprised if the reason for all the obstructionism and demonization has more to do with ideology than racism. Regardless of how hard the GOP tries to moderate their message, the essence of their orthodoxy involves the advancement of the upper class. They remain convinced that a prosperous elite is the key to middle class prosperity, even after the economic and financial problems we experienced when Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush were in office.

        1. Peoples425 February 13, 2013

          I do believe that their belief in the prosperous elite ideology plays a large role in their obstructionist policy, but this does not explain why the plans that they have originally supported are no longer supported if President Obama signs his name onto the plan which thereby illustrates the hatred that is instilled within that party for the current president and party affiliation.
          History has proven their theology wrong, however just as with religion, belief plays a large part into why people continue to believe in the face of insurmountable evidence.

      2. Plznnn February 13, 2013

        OMG, race has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with disagreeing with Obama’s Socialist policies and debt. We have tried it his way now for over 4 years and things are worse now, or just as bad, plus much more debt.
        Conservatives always support a Black, White, Hispanic or Asian if they have Conservative views & values, so this constant race issue is ALL in the Lefts’ mind.

        1. Peoples425 February 13, 2013

          This is the type of denial that plays a large part into why Republicans/Conservatives are looked upon as crazy.
          The reason why there was mounting debt with Obama was because of the obligations that were left from the Bush administration. The policies that have been attempted and installed through the current president have not been socialist, but rather bipartisan in their diplomacy and implementation. As was stated in the article, there is a support for said issues that President Obama wants to put in place, however when he puts his name on it, there is a drop in support from said conservatives. How can you explain that there is nothing obstructionist or racially biased about the lack of support and overt disrespect for President Obama and his family?

        2. Howard February 13, 2013

          There is not is not a jot of socialism in the President’s policies, but a ton of common sense. His belief in infrastructure improvement, for example, is part of a tradition dating back to DeWitt Clinton and the Erie Canal; to the nationalism of Henry Clay, James Monroe, and John Quincy Adams and their support for ‘internal improvements.’ The partisan obstruction we see today has long history here. Consider turning off Fox News and read a book. I recommend Ian Howe’s WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT for the political and social changes between 1815 and 1849, including the break up of the (then so-called) Republican party of Jefferson, the demise of the Federalist party, and so much more.

        3. Alex Sprague February 24, 2013

          We tried it for 8 years under Bush and look where that got us. Into debt.

    3. amazonfan February 13, 2013

      ‘If they…., they are likely to become irrelevant within the next four years.”

      I would be delighted if that happens!. 😀

  6. docb February 13, 2013

    This is a theme with repub baggers. They were for it before they were against it…Like the heritage boilerplate HealthCare..just more of the same BS anti Nation and people to thwart the President..He seems to be accepting of that fact and went right past the repub baggers and straight to the people last night..I liked it!

  7. brian whittle February 13, 2013

    the Republican’s are like four year olds

    “I don’t like it is HE does”

    1. Matt Sharp February 13, 2013

      I’m pretty confident that Democrats would display a similar reaction to policies if they were associated with a well-known Republican.

      1. Teena February 13, 2013

        Uh NO–the democrats disliked Bush but wtill worked with him and ALLOWED bills to be brought to the floor of the house for a vote

        Most democrats believe the problem is that the republicans hate Obama because he is black and the republicans hide their hate in other terms like “socialism” or “fascism” or “communism” all the while they think he is an “uppity…..”

  8. itsfun February 13, 2013

    Obama has a hard time governing because he is an idiot. He is just a community organizer that only knows how to raise money and do things behind closed doors and by bribery. What happened to the “most transparent government ever”. Lets just pass laws and then we can find out what is in them. Isn’t progressive just the new word for socialist?

  9. Kei Yuuki February 13, 2013

    Republicans remind me of a toddler that breaks all the eggs in the basket, and then moans and complains and throws huge temper tantrums why they cant have an egg omelet for dinner. The logic is Exactly the same!

    1. sigrid28 February 13, 2013

      It’s true. They could, however, be like a clever child, who breaks all three eggs in his basket, and then turns to his classmates or siblings who still have three eggs in their baskets to beg, borrow, or steal one egg here, one egg there, until he has enough for a two-egg omelet–and so do they.

      The conclusion I draw is that Republicans do not yet accept that they have been roundly defeated. If they did, they could be the kind of losers who try to negotiate for a better defeat (as their party has always done in the past), rather than carrying out the kind of scorched earth retreat that threatens to take down the whole country with it.

      Perhaps this futile response to defeat is a sign that even Republicans understand that their policies are indefensible. The mystery is that they refuse to consider taking the olive branch offered to them by President Obama again and again: the possibility that aspects of his agenda and legislation proposed by Democrats in the House and Senate ARE defensible–and even tolerable–within a two-party democracy.

      No wonder President Obama seemed to look right past his Republican opponents during his Second Inaugural Address and the State of the Union Speech last night. They have shown they do not deserve his regard. Again and again, they have made it abundantly clear that they have chosen the path of self-destruction in reaction to their resounding defeat. The president cannot afford to devote any more time to trying to appease them. He knows he must now do everything within in his power to strengthen the country and protect its fragile economy in order to minimize the damage the Republican party has chosen to inflict on us all as we witness its ultimate demise.

      1. jarheadgene February 13, 2013

        YOU NAILED IT…..President Obama, now knows he can take it to the Majority….who cares what the LOUD SCREAMING CRYBABIES at FOX news and all the clones that follow them think. Karl Rove’s days as a P.O.S.G.O.P. mastermind behind the scenes are over. HE is even afraid of an Actress, who lives in another state, currently, and has not made any announcements, of intentions, to Run against the A$$hole (“Our number 1 priority is to see Obama is a ONE Term President”) Mitch McConnel. It is time AMERICA….DITCH Mitch, CAN Cantor, and THROW Boehner out of the bar” “Let’s get this done!”

  10. donbronkema1 February 13, 2013

    Polls have exposed racial hatred as the shameful crux of ‘antibamism’–not socialism, atheism, immigration or faggotry…several generations will pass before inter-cohort procreation ends in a cross-colored, North American population…it’s great virtue: the hybrid vigor we need to survive thermageddon & ecollapse…indeed, stirring the genetic pot will compensate in part for the demographic bottleneck following the Mt Toba catastrophe 74KYA.

  11. Michael Ross February 13, 2013

    It doesn’t get much more clear than this. Ultimately, the G.O.P. policy is party before country on all fronts — they don’t care what the laws are just as long as they’re the ones who write them.

  12. RobertCHastings February 13, 2013

    I am amazed that in either instance such large numbers of Republicans favor addressing the issue of climate change. Considering they are the party of non-science, I would have expected the numbers to be in the single digits, if not lower. Of even greater interest, however, is that MORE Republicans would support gun control if the President were involved (although that 1% difference may not be statistically significant).

  13. rridgsr February 13, 2013

    Do you think it could be because most of Obama ways are not good for a first class Country in stead they lean more in a communist Country most of his ideas are racist to begin with .

    1. Peoples425 February 13, 2013

      This would be more persuasive if your claim was actually true, however considering most of the policies that he has attempted to enact have been Republican based in their origin so in essence your claims would be more prejudicial upon the republican party than the president. My advice is to stop listening to Fox news.

  14. Ute J. Collins February 13, 2013

    It is absolutely disgusting how grown people can be so childish. Talking about Republicans. It’s like, me me me. Not, lets work together to get things rolling. For Pete’s sake, I am a retired “Citizen”. Grow up and do right. Don’t touch my Social Security or Medicare or Medicade because I can’t afford it. Just because the man in office is black (I am not), does not mean you should be spiteful or for that matter act like a little child who can’t get their lolly. Please please please grow up. You would not do that to your own mother, so why do it to someone elses. The man has done more for this country then his predecessor.

    1. jarheadgene February 13, 2013

      Even the P.O.S. G.O.P. Senator Rubio came out and stated repeatedly how he and his family were the recipients of the Federal Safety Nets….i.e. Medicare, Social Security. But now he is a P.O.S. G.O.P. Senator, and like the P.O.S. G.O.P. Cong. Ryan, who also used Social Security monies, they want to dismantle/attack/destroy it ….saying FU to anyone behind them who needs to use it. They want to REBRAND the Republican Party….HERE is there rebranding, they will now and forever be known as the P.O.S. G.O.P. !!!

  15. adriancrutch February 13, 2013

    The only thing that jumps out is the citizenship Rubpub #’s. Otherwise it’s typical! The government has to stop feeding the banks and corporations so we can REALLY SEE what kind of MONSTERS we’ll be dealing with! It’s seems that when layoffs occur the job description of most of these people would probably be “middleman”.

  16. Siegfried Heydrich February 13, 2013

    If President Obama came out in favor of Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie, and Chevrolet, the Republicans would denounce each as being some kind of socialist plot. That he was insulting football and hockey fans. That he was promoting unhealthy eating habits, and pointing out the nasty stuff they put in hot dogs. They would scream that peach cobblers were actually more American, and that apple pie was an insidious french recipe. And that he was ‘picking winners’, and casting aspersions on the Great American Fords!

    What it boils down to is that there is a racist core of American voters who hate the fact that an uppity black man has moved into THEIR White House, and will hate him heart and soul for all their days.

  17. montanabill February 13, 2013

    Unfortunately, this light will never dawn on the President. Had he spent his time with his mouth shut instead of almost daily demonization of everything free market or individual achievement, I think he would have been amazed at an economy rebounding very strongly along with actual bipartisan legislation. Of course, we wouldn’t have Obamacare, but that would also have been a good thing. Like the proverbial man with a hammer thinking every problem is a nail, Obama has his one tool: a teleprompter. Sometimes it is best just to be quiet and listen.

    Had Obama let the Congress work on immigration without putting forth an alternative that basically claimed an already secure border, progress would be faster. But, as the narcissistic person he is, he wants the credit if anything happens or someone else to blame if it doesn’t.

    1. jarheadgene February 13, 2013

      Get a LIFE BILL…..Day ONE first term……”Our number ONE priority is to see to it that Obama is a One Term President.” Sen. Mitch McConnell. How, in the world, does that display bi-partisanship or the willingness to work towards healing this Countries economic woes of 2008….brought on by the WAR CRIMINAL …DICK CHENEY? Did you not see the 2 responses last night….1 from the P.O.S. G.O.P (Rebranded) and 2 from the TEAliban? ALL of AMERICA sees your party is divided …. “A house divided will not stand” Abraham Lincoln…..before him…JESUS said it.

      1. montanabill February 14, 2013

        It was not hard from many of us to see through the rhetoric cloud. I’ve known one or two gas bags like Obama. Big on words, extraordinarily short on how-to. McConnell simply said out loud what most of us thought. This man is not qualified by either training, education or experience to be the President of a country built on over two hundred years of free enterprise and individual initiative. All the pointing to Bush, Cheney or anyone else will not change that. Every one of his speeches both demonizes those who would offer alternative solutions and, at once, tells them that compromise means do it his way, even if he can’t provide a single detail on how his proposals could work.

  18. Plznnn February 13, 2013

    “Another” Amnesty is completely useless unless there are enforcement measures in place, a fully secure border with the completed “approved & funded” 2-layer fence & mandatory E-verify, BECAUSE, without these in place FIRST, what is the point in this. The exact same problem will be right back as soon as the ink is dry. What will we then do with those that Illegally enter the US “after” another “comprehensive” immigration bill? In a few years, people will again be crying about the children of “these” Illegals, & about again, people living in the shadows.

    Had the security & enforcement measures been followed after the Reagan (one-time) Amnesty in 1986, when we had only 2.7 Million Illegals, this mess would not be here. By ignoring this the problem grew to 20 Million Illegals now, and if politicians were really serious about fixing & solving this, why did they constantly oppose E-verify and completing the 700 mile 2-layer border fence? (only about 50 miles of pedestrian fence is completed after 7 years!!!)

    We also need (unalterable) language in any immigration bill that will never allow this to happen again. BUT, that was what was promised in 1986, wonder why the disbelief in promises. Security, Enforcement, & Mandatory E-verify FIRST, then we discuss what to do with Illegals already here.
    This serious problem should have been history long ago, & every year it gor worse to solve.

  19. David Watermeyer February 14, 2013

    For God sake guys get over it. This kind of dicussion takes up hours of time and gets no one anywhere. Forget about party politics and do what is good in whatever areas of life you can.

  20. marriea February 16, 2013

    A classic example of cutting off your nose to spite your face. Maybe when one of these Republicans kids or wife get killed or maimed by one of these guns, or when they finally lose an election because of their childishness then maybe they will understand that this is about the country as a whole and not some POLs attempt to show his or her non support of Obama, then maybe the rest will get that it’s not a ‘race’ thing but a survival thing. They truly need to grow up.


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