A new National Journal poll found that 49 percent of GOP voters say they will less likely support their incumbent lawmaker if he or she votes for a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens. Only 15 percent of Republicans would support the incumbent who backs a pathway to citizenship.
These poll results come after 15 Republican Senators voted to pass the Schumer-Corker-Hoeven amendment yesterday. The passage of this amendment will make it easier for the Gang of 8 amnesty bill, S. 744 to likely pass the Senate.
Along with Republicans, 45% of blue-collar, white voters would not support incumbents who vote for a pathway to citizenship. And among rural voters, 45% would be less likely to support the incumbent.
These findings are bad news for Senate Republicans openly supporting the amnesty bill, specifically those from rural states like Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), John Hoeven (N.D.) and Bob Corker (Tenn.).
The polling data should serve as a warning for those Republican Senators on the fence about voting for S.744.
Aside from Republicans, the poll shows a lack of interest among Democrat voters, with 49% saying an incumbent amnesty vote will make no difference in their election vote. A sizeable portion, 35%, of Independents would not support an incumbent who backed amnesty.
The National Journal analysis of their polling data says that Republicans who vote for the amnesty bill are unlikely to find much general-election reward for their vote if they survive a primary.
Read more in the National Journal.
Updated: Tue, Jun 25th 2013 @ 2:27pm EDT