Thursday, June 28, 2012
Obama’s decision to exempt young illegal immigrants from deportation may not be the electoral boon it’s cracked up to be
In both Ohio and Pennsylvania, more than twice as many respondents say that the decision makes them less likely to support Obama (27% in both) as say it makes them more likely to back him (12% in Pennsylvania, 11% in Ohio). Voters who care about the illegal immigration issue the most tend to disagree with Obama’s policy. The numbers harken back to polling conducted after Obama’s decision to publicly support gay marriage. A Gallup poll back then showed that a slim majority of Americans backed the move, but when it came to affecting their vote, 26% said that it made them less likely to vote for Obama, while just 13% said it made them more likely to vote for him.