POLL: African-Americans, Populist Conservatives Most Likely to Oppose DACA

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A Rasmussen poll reports that African-Americans, populist-conservatives, and middle-class Americans are some of the most likely voters to oppose an Obama-created temporary amnesty program for illegal aliens.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirmed this week on behalf of President Trump’s administration that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that gave work permits and temporary amnesty to nearly 800,000 illegal aliens would ultimately end.

African-Americans are the most likely racial group in the United States to oppose DACA, with 42 percent wanting to see DACA end. A slim plurality of 47 percent supported the program, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll.

African-Americans’ disdain for DACA was more than both white Americans, who opposed the program by 37 percent, and other minority groups – like non-white Hispanic-Americans – who were the least likely to oppose the program at 33 percent.

Conservatives who strongly approve of Trump and his populist-nationalist agenda were the most likely of all sub-groups to oppose DACA. Fifty-six percent of that group agreed with Sessions’ announcement. Another 48 percent of American voters who somewhat approve of Trump said they too oppose DACA.

Middle-class Americans who earn between $50,000 and $100,000 a year opposed DACA by 42 percent, while 46 percent supported the amnesty program. The richest of Americans, those earning more than $200,000 a year, were one of the least likely income classes to oppose DACA, with only 33 percent opposing the program and 51 percent supporting DACA.

Overall, the poll indicated that less than half of American voters support DACA at 48 percent, while 37 percent oppose the amnesty program and another 16 percent were unsure.

Since DACA’s inception, more than 2,100 DACA recipients saw their protected status revoked for being involved in gang activity or suspected/convicted of a felony. Due to a loophole in the DACA program, more than 39,000 illegal aliens have been able to obtain Green Cards, and more than 1,000 have been naturalized.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart Texas. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.