Poll: Majority Supports Gang Of Eight Immigration Bill

A slim majority of Americans support the bipartisan proposal to reform the nation’s immigration system currently being considered in the Senate, according to the latest CNN/ORC International poll released Tuesday.

The poll found that 51 percent of Americans back the bill brought forward by the so-called Gang of Eight, while 45 percent said they are opposed. 

But a separate question in the survey found far more Americans to be considered about border security — a sticking point for many Republicans on Capitol Hill — than a path to citizenship.

Sixty-two percent said that bolstering security at the border in order “to reduce or eliminate the number of immigrants coming into this country without permission from the U.S. government” should be the primary focus when deailng with immigration, while just 36 percent said the main focus should be providing “a path to citizenship for many immigrants who are in this country without permission from the U.S. government.”


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