A new AP-GfK poll is all around bad news for President Obama, Democrats, and a mainstream media determined to push his amnesty agenda. Not only is public approval souring towards Obama’s handling of the issue, the idea of a path to citizenship for illegals, and the policy of offering asylum for this wave of Central American children; a plurality now see the Republican Party as better able to handle the issue of immigration.
When asked about the President’s handling of the immigration issue, only 31% said they approve, while a whopping 68% disapprove. That’s a 14-point shift against the president since the middle of May, when he sat at 38% approve, 60% disapprove.
When asked which party is better able to handle the immigration issue, Republicans win a plurality of 29% compared to 25% for Democrats. Back in May, Democrats led on this question, 29% – 23%. That’s a 10-point flip in favor of the GOP.
On the question of whether the United States has a “moral obligation to offer asylum to people who come to the U.S. to escape violence or political persecution,” only 44% said yes, while a clear majority of 53% said no.
What might be moving public opinion against the president and the media is a big jump in how serious the public now sees illegal immigration as a problem. While Obama plays golf, fundraises, drinks champagne with celebrities, and takes lavish vacations, the percentage of Americans who see illegal immigration as a “serious problem” jumped 14 points to 67%.
The president is taking pride in not taking seriously a problem that over two-thirds of Americans do see as serious. While Americans see chaos, the president hollers “fore,” and the media cheer him on.
The most troubling number for Democrats and the media will undoubtedly be the drop in the number of Americans who favor a path to citizenship for illegals. In just 10 weeks, support has dropped from 55% to just 51%. Opposition has jumped 4 points to 46%. There’s no question that the ongoing chaos at our Southern border has moved the public eight full points away from a position held by Democrats and the media.
On the question of allowing Central American children under the age of 18 to be housed in America to await a deportation hearing, only 20% favor; a plurality of 43% oppose.
A plurality of 38% also oppose more spending to handle the crisis; only 32% favor.
Finally, a majority of 51% want the law changed so that Central American children will be deported immediately. A mere 18% want the law to stay as is (housed until a deportation hearing).
As far as the blame the mainstream media wants to lay at the feet of the GOP for not passing immigration reform, that propaganda push has failed miserably. Only 44% blame the GOP, while 38% blame Obama and 36% blame Democrats.
If you are wondering why the media have all but stopped reporting on a crisis at our very own doorstep and instead focused on crises overseas, this poll is the answer. The more people learn about the border crisis, the more it works against the left’s agenda.
Despite the wishes of the federal government and a mainstream media that sees its role as making those wishes come true, through original reporting, New Media has driven the facts of the border crisis home for an American public eager to know the truth.
John Nolte on Twitter @NolteNC