This week, GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz clearly backed the deportation of illegal immigrants in the country. The polling on this issue has been mixed. Take a look at two examples…
August 2015, Investor’s Business Daily:
The latest IBD/TIPP Poll asked 913 adults coast to coast if they “support or oppose mandatory deportation of illegal immigrants in the U.S.” Not surprisingly, 87% of Trump supporters back the proposal.
What’s surprising is that 59% of the overall public does as well. Mandatory deportation gets majority support in all age groups except 18-24, every income group, among both women and men, at every level of educational achievement, and in rural, urban and suburban regions.
More interesting still is the fact that 64% of independents and 55% of moderates support deportation.
August 2015, Pew Research Center:
In a Pew Research Center survey conducted in May, a solid majority (72%) of Americans – including 80% of Democrats, 76% of independents and 56% of Republicans – say undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S. should be allowed to stay in this country legally if they meet certain requirements. Last year, we asked a follow-up question of those who opposed granting legal status to undocumented immigrants: Should there be a “national law enforcement effort to deport” all immigrants here illegally? Just 17% of the public overall favored such an effort, including about a quarter (27%) of Republicans.
Is this deportation position a wise one for Cruz in the GOP primary? What about as a general election strategy? Clearly Cruz is trying to grab the microphone from Donald Trump right now, but is that the right approach? Tweet me @JedediahBila and tell me what you think.
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