Poll: Obama’s Immigration Policy Is Actually Popular

Douliery Olivier/Sipa USA USA

A Reuters/Ipsos poll found that Americans approve of President’s Obama’s actions on immigration when described broadly — especially when his name isn’t attached. That support shrank once the question posed to respondents mentioned that they were executive actions taken by the president, but a majority of American still were okay with the plan.

Sixty-one percent of Americans supported Obama’s plan — which shields some undocumented immigrants from deportation — when they were not told Obama had taken the action, according to the poll released Wednesday. While half of Republicans rejected the plan when described this way, 42 percent of Republicans supported it.

When pollsters attached Obama’s name to the immigration action, 54 percent of Americans supported it, and opposition grew to 62 percent among Republicans.

As for Democrats, their support for Obama’s immigration plan increased when told he was behind it, from 78 percent when he was not mentioned to 80 percent when he was.

The online poll, which as a sample size of 1,200 people, was conducted the week after the Supreme Court took up a case earlier this month challenging the President’s immigration actions.

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