A survey conducted by The Polling Company/WomanTrend of this year's midterm election voters found that overwhelming majorities want President Obama to work with Congress on immigration reform and feel that new jobs should go to American workers and legal immigrants already here.
According to the survey, 74% of Americans say that President Obama should work with Congress rather than around Congress on immigration reform. This includes majorities of men (75%), women (74%), whites (79%), blacks (59%), and Hispanics (54%).
These majorities even carried over across the ideological spectrum with 92% of Republicans, 80% of Independents, and 51% of Democrats all wanting President Obama to look toward Capitol Hill before changing the law.
The survey also asked who should get the new jobs the economy is creating. The survey found that 80% of voters believe that those jobs should go American workers and legal immigrants already in the U.S.
This sentiment carried across the four U.S. Census regions: 74% in the Northeast, 80% in the Midwest, 85% in the South, and 80% in the West. It was also largely agreed upon by both men and women, as no gender gap was present.
"Voters overwhelmingly prefer an immigration system that protects American workers," the polling memo states. "Therefore members of Congress should feel confident that voters will support actions using the power of the purse to protect American workers from Obama’s executive amnesty threat."
The Polling Company poll was conducted on Election Day, November 4, and has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points.
Read the full survey by The Polling Company/Women Trend
Updated: Mon, Jul 24th 2017 @ 2:39pm EDT