2010 Election News And Analysis from FAIR
Immigration and the 2010 Midterm Elections
Immigration had a significant impact on the 2010 elections and is now a top election issue. Certainly the economy and unemployment were the dominant issues across the nation, but more candidates campaigned on immigration than in past elections. They posted position statements on their campaign websites, dedicated precious resources to radio and television commercials on the issue, and some even used the issue to attack their opponents in manner that may have made the crucial difference in the outcome. In addition, immigration was a frequent topic of debate, not only in official settings, but at campaign stops. Often the question asked was whether a candidate supported Arizona’s new immigration enforcement law, SB 1070. The popularity of SB 1070, combined with brutal drug cartel violence along the Southern border, a high unemployment rate, and strong voter disapproval of President Obama’s handling of the issue, meant that candidates could not avoid the issue as easily as in previous elections.
National Exit Polling Shows Voters Support Strong Immigration Enforcement
Americans Concerned About Impact of Illegal Immigration on Jobs and Economic Growth
Exit polling in yesterday’s midterm elections reveal that more than two-thirds of voters, 69 percent, consider immigration to be an important public policy issue, and that 61 percent of voters believe that “President Obama has not been aggressive enough in enforcing immigration laws” and protecting the interests of the American people. Only 4 percent of respondents believe that the administration is enforcing immigration laws too vigorously, while 27 percent think the president’s enforcement efforts are about right. The nationwide sample of 834 voters was conducted by The Polling Company on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). Read the full press release.
FAIR Urges New Congress to Promote True Immigration Reform
In the aftermath of Tuesday’s historic elections, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) looks forward to working with the new congressional leadership to reform America’s broken immigration policies. Immigration became a key issue in countless races across the country, and remains one that Americans across the country want addressed in the 112th Congress. Polls clearly demonstrate that voters believe that mass immigration and unchecked illegal immigration undermine American workers, burden American taxpayers and compromise public safety. Read the full press release.