Brown, Portman Must Respect the Will of the Voters, Says FAIR
(June 7, 2013 — Washington, D.C.) — A statewide poll of likely Ohio voters finds strong opposition to a bill before the U.S. Senate that would grant amnesty to 12 million illegal aliens and dramatically increase overall immigration to the United States. According to the poll, 56 percent of Ohio voters oppose S.744, the Gang of Eight immigration bill — including 38 percent who said they are “strongly opposed.” Only 36 percent of voters indicated that they support the bill and only 9 percent said they “strongly support” it.
The poll of 500 likely voters was conducted on June 3 by the national polling firm Pulse Opinion Research on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). The poll has a margin of error of +/-4.5 percent.
In addition to widespread opposition to the legislation generally, the poll asked Ohioans to register their opinions on specific provisions of bill. The poll found:
68% oppose granting legal status to illegal aliens before a border security plan is fully implemented, and 32% of voters oppose granting amnesty under any circumstance.
74% oppose the discretionary authority given to DHS to legalize aliens with criminal records or gang affiliations, including 52% who “strongly oppose” those provisions.
67% oppose provisions in the bill that would significantly increase overall immigration to the U.S., including 46% who are “strongly opposed.”
74% oppose the increases in guest workers authorized under the bill, including 42% who said the increases are “much too high.”
“The Gang of Eight immigration bill about to be debated in the Senate has almost no support among the people of Ohio, for very good reasons,” observed Dan Stein, president of FAIR. “There is virtually nothing in the bill that would benefit Ohio workers or taxpayers.
“It is clear that Ohioans overwhelmingly reject the Senate’s plan to grant unconditional amnesty to millions of illegal aliens and flood U.S. labor markets with millions of new foreign workers, while offering the American people worthless promises on border security and immigration enforcement,” Stein continued.
“Ohio lawmakers need to understand that their constituents are watching this debate and that they expect their representatives to defend their interests against efforts to undermine their economic security and the security of the nation. It could not be clearer: Ohio voters strongly oppose almost every provision of S.744,” Stein concluded.