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Government, Immigration, And The Economy Cited As Top US Problems

Posted Sep 05, 2014 at 8:11 AM by Maurice Berger

According to a survey by Gallup, " Americans say the government, immigration, and the economy in general are the most important problems currently facing the country. Mentions of government and the economy have been at the top of the list since the beginning of the year, while mentions of immigration rose sharply in July, in response to the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, and remain high this month." Here is Gallup's chart:

Recent Trend in Top Three "Most Important" U.S. Problems

How Satisfied Are We With Government?

Posted Jul 19, 2013 at 8:09 AM by Maurice Berger

According to a new survey by Gallup, "Democrats are more likely than Republicans to be satisfied with the work the government is doing in each of 19 different areas. The parties' satisfaction levels diverge most on healthcare and foreign affairs, and diverge least on poverty, national parks, and transportation." Here is Gallup's chart:

Satisfaction With Work Federal Government Is Doing in Different Areas, by Political Party, June 2013

71% Believe In Path For Illegal Aliens To Stay In US

Posted Mar 29, 2013 at 12:24 AM by Maurice Berger

A new survey by Pew Research survey reports that 71% of Americans believe there should be a path for illegal aliens in the United States to remain in this country if they meet certain requirements; just 27% say they should not be allowed to stay legally. 

Gallup: Economy Remains Problem For Obama

Posted Aug 22, 2012 at 9:42 AM by Maurice Berger

According to Gallup, "three months before the election, President Barack Obama gets good marks from Americans for his handling of terrorism, fair marks for education and foreign affairs, but poor marks on immigration and three big economic issues: the federal budget deficit, creating jobs, and the economy generally." Here is Gallup's chart:

President Barack Obama Approval on Issues

Americans Support Obama Immigration Decision By Wide Margin

Posted Jun 21, 2012 at 9:04 AM by Maurice Berger

A new poll by Bloomberg reports that 64% of Americans support President Obama's decision to end the deportations of some illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children; 30% do not support the decision.

Obama, Romney in Close Race In Arizona

Posted May 02, 2012 at 9:07 AM by Maurice Berger

Arizona, a reliable red state in presidential elections, holds some good news for President Obama: a new Rocky Mountain Poll in the state finds President Obama ahead of Mitt Romney, 42% to 40% with 18% undecided. An earlier survey, by Merrill/Morrisson Institute reported a two-point lead for Romney, a surprisingly close race (fueled, in part, by Hispanic voters unhappy with the GOP agenda on immigration issues) for a GOP candidate.

AZ Immigration Law Popular

Posted Jun 03, 2010 at 1:08 AM by Maurice Berger

A just released Quinnipiac University poll reports that American voters--by a 48% to 35% margin--would like to see their state  pass an immigration law similar to Arizona's: "The strong plurality who says they would like a similar law in their own state probably portends the law will be an issue in many, many campaigns this November across the country. Depending on how those elections and court challenges come out, copy cat Arizona laws could be a hot issue in state capitals after November."

Gallup: Amaericans Who Have Heard Of AZ Immigration Law Favor It

Posted May 04, 2010 at 1:14 AM by Maurice Berger

According to Gallup, "more than three-quarters of Americans have heard about the state of Arizona's new immigration law, and of these, 51% say they favor it and 39% oppose it . . .  The law makes it a state crime for illegal immigrants to be in the country, and allows Arizona law enforcement officials to detain those suspected of being in the country illegally unless they can prove otherwise. The law has sparked protests in Arizona and other parts of the U.S., and calls for economic boycotts of the state."

Is the US Growing More Anti-Immigrant?

Posted Aug 12, 2009 at 1:21 AM by Maurice Berger

According to a recently released Gallup poll, the nation appears to be less welcoming to immigrants: "With some U.S. lawmakers and immigration rights activists stepping up calls for the Obama administration to pursue immigration reform, Gallup finds Americans less favorable toward immigration than they were a year ago. Half (50%) say immigration should be decreased, up from 39% last year. A third (32%) say immigration levels should be kept the same, down from 39%, and 14% say they should be increased, down from 18%." In  an anylisis of these results, Gallupwrites: These numbers "mark a return to the attitudes that prevailed in the first few years after 9/11; attitudes softened from 2006 to last year. The shift toward a tougher stance this time around may reflect the country's economic situation, as Americans tend to become less pro-immigration during difficult economic times."