GOP polling firm: majority in 20 GOP-led swing districts WANT immigration reform

Jun 2011
Immigration Reform Backed By Voters In Republican-Led Swing Districts, Poll Shows


Basswood Research (R), Jon Lerner, taken Nov 2-3, 2013
1,000 LV, MoE +/-3.1
self-identified partisan breakdown of survey group: R 39 / D 35 / I 29, margin: R +4

"Because the polling sample sizes in each district are small, with 1,000 respondents in total, the report did not include details by district. But taken overall, there are some clear patterns.

For one, the voters had high levels of disapproval for President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress, but gave even lower approval to Republicans in Congress. A full 70 percent of likely voters in those districts said they disapproved of Republicans' performance in Congress, while 27 percent approved. Democrats fared slightly better with 63 percent disapproval. Fifty-eight percent of those polled disapproved of Obama...

...The poll indicated that likely voters in the 20 congressional districts want to see movement on immigration, with 70 percent saying it is "very important" to deal with the issue and another 23 percent saying it is "somewhat important."

A strong majority -- 77 percent -- said they would prefer even an imperfect solution to nothing at all.

A majority of those polled voiced support for the general principles of comprehensive immigration reform plans. Eighty percent supported the E-Verify program to check whether would-be employees are legally authorized to work in the U.S., and 78 percent supported a provision to allow legal status for undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children. 71 percent of those polled supported an "earned pathway to citizenship."

The poll found high support as well for increasing fines for employers who hire undocumented immigrants, upping border patrol and fencing, and allowing for more high-tech legal immigration.

In sum, 76 percent of those polled favored a pathway to citizenship, with 50 percent saying it should include substantial increases to border security and 26 percent saying they would support it without such measures. Seventeen percent opposed a pathway to citizenship in general, according to the poll."

Basswood is not a fly-by-night pollster, it is an established GOP polling firm out of Maryland and has been out there a while. Here are links to some older Basswood immigration polling results:

Republican Voters Skeptical But Supportive Of Immigration Reform: Poll

Basswood also did some presidential polling in 2012, I will need to dig up the numbers, they weren't too far off the mark.

A reminder: this is a poll from 20 combined congressional districts that are generally considered "swing districts" where REPUBLICANS last won those respective seats.