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NYT Poll: Plurality Less Likely to Vote for Pro-Amnesty Candidates

A plurality of Americans are less likely to vote for candidates who support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, according to a New York Times/CBS News national poll. 

In fact, Americans are more opposed to candidates who support amnesty than those who favor Obamacare, which the GOP establishment has insisted should be the sole focus of the midterms. The poll found that 39% are less likely to support a pro-amnesty candidate while 30% would be more likely. The numbers are actually better for Obamacare–35% of Americans are less likely to support a pro-Obamacare candidate while 34% are more likely.  

The poll asked respondents, “If a candidate for Congress supports a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, would that make you more likely to vote for the candidate, would it make you less likely, or would the candidate’s support of a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants not make much difference in your vote?”

The results, which were buried, are consistent with at least two other national polls that found a strong plurality of Americans are opposed to candidates who support amnesty. This opposition may explain why President Barack Obama delayed his executive amnesty and the Republican establishment is finally not running away from the issue.

The poll was conducted September 12-15 and has a margin of error of +/- three percentage points.

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