The Federation for American Immigration Reform had Zogby international conduct a post-election poll and the results show that Americans are against an immigration plan that includes amnesty. The poll revealed that actual voters from the recent election favor tougher enforcement and that amnesty for illegal aliens would "further harm the interests of struggling American workers."
According to the poll's results, only 32 percent of Barack Obama voters said that his stance on amnesty factored into their decision. Sixty-seven percent said that it was not a factor or they voted for Obama in spite of his support for amnesty.
"Senator Obama received a mandate from the voters to fix our ailing economy, which has shed more than a million jobs so far this year, not to enact a massive amnesty," said Dan Stein, president of FAIR, in a FAIR news release. "Voter turn-out increased across the board as record numbers of all Americans expressed dissatisfaction with the direction of the country. Immigration policy was clearly not a decisive factor in the presidential election, as it was not discussed during the campaign, and the records of both candidates were nearly identical."
Sixty percent of respondents said tougher enforcement and a crackdown on employers who hire undocumented workers was important to them. Only 21 percent supported a legal path to citizenship for illegals.
Fifty-seven percent said that amnesty would hurt American workers, while only 26 percent said that amnesty would aid economic recovery.
Updated: Thu, Apr 23rd 2009 @ 11:15am EDT