Poll Shows that Virginia Voters Want Sen. Warner to Block Funding for Obama’s Executive Amnesty
(February 24, 2015 — Washington, D.C.) — A new statewide poll of likely Virginia voters finds that they overwhelmingly oppose President Obama’s abuse of executive power to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens in the U.S. Virginians oppose the president’s plan by a 55% to 41% margin. The statewide poll of likely Virginia voters was conducted February 20-22 by Zogby Analytics on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).
Virginia voters also support provisions in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill approved by the House of Representatives, 56% to 37%, that would restrict funds from being used to implement the president’s unlegislated amnesty programs.
Sen. Mark Warner opposed defunding the president’s executive amnesty earlier this month, despite his previous assertions that such acts are unconstitutional. By a 42% to 34% margin, Virginia voters want Warner to back up his earlier opposition to the president’s amnesty programs by supporting defunding provisions in the Senate’s DHS Appropriations bill.
“Voters in Virginia clearly believe the president has overstepped his constitutional authority and they want Congress to take decisive action to prevent him from carrying out a massive, unlegislated illegal alien amnesty program,” stated Dan Stein, president of FAIR. “They are also clearly displeased with their own senator, Mark Warner, who has stated that he believes the president’s actions are unconstitutional, but who, nevertheless, voted against defunding those amnesty programs.
“Voters in his state want Sen. Warner to put aside partisan politics and do what is right and what is constitutional,” concluded Stein.
Among the key findings of the poll:
54.8% of Virginia voters oppose granting amnesty to illegal aliens by executive action, including 41.1% who are strongly opposed.
55.6% support provisions in the House DHS spending bill that would defund the president’s amnesty programs, including 37.5% who strongly support.
42.1% believe Sen. Warner should support defunding language in the Senate DHS spending bill, compared with just 34.4% who believe he should oppose such provisions.
51.7% believe President Obama would not be justified in vetoing a DHS Appropriations bill that cuts off funding for his amnesty programs, compared with just 35.7% who say he would be justified.
If an impasse on DHS funding were to occur in Congress over defunding the president’s amnesty, 34.3% would blame Senate Democrats compared with 25.7% who would hold House Republicans accountable.
41.2% believe that implementing the president’s amnesty programs would make the country less secure, compared with 24.5% who think it would make it more secure.