A plurality of Americans do not want President Barack Obama to enact an executive amnesty for the country’s illegal immigrants.
A USA Today poll found that nearly half of Americans (46%) do not want Obama to unilaterally give amnesty to illegal immigrants while 42% said Obama should act. Twelve percent did not know how they felt or refused to answer. Democrats who were surveyed (60%-28%) wanted Obama to act while a strong majority of Republicans (76%-17%) did not want Obama to unilaterally grant amnesty to illegal immigrants.
A Polling Company exit poll of the midterm electorate found that 74% of voters did not want Obama—who is reportedly expected to give temporary amnesty and work permits to as many as five million illegal immigrants as early as this week—to act unilaterally while another 80% did not want foreigners taking jobs from Americans and legal immigrants already in the country.
The USA Today poll, conducted by Princeton Survey Research, was taken Thursday-Sunday and has a margin of error of +/- four percentage points.