Immigration = GOP Election Desperation
Immigration is going to be a swing and a miss for the GOP in
For some reason, the Journal Sentinel only used a poll by the Republican outfit Strategic Vision in its story on the topic this morning. That poll found that 55 percent of Wisconsinites “oppose granting amnesty to illegal immigrants currently living in the
As it happens, though, that’s not the only
The independent Badger Poll found much different results in its July survey, back when immigration was at its peak coverage in the media.
According to that Badger Poll, 66 percent of Wisconsinites said they favor the following type of program: “The Senate is currently considering a bill that would create a temporary worker program for immigrants. Those participating in the program would eventually be able to attain citizenship by meeting a number of requirements, including paying fines, learning English, and proving their work history. Do you favor or oppose such a program?”Even two-thirds of Republican respondents said they favor such a program.
So who’s right -- Strategic Vision or the Badger Poll?
Certainly the Badger Poll question was more complete. And the use of the word “amnesty” without providing any context or definition for the term undoubtedly had an effect on the Strategic Vision poll results.
The Badger Poll also showed that 67 percent of respondents (60 percent for Republican respondents) think undocumented immigrants take the jobs that people don’t want, anyway. And it found that nearly 69 percent of respondents (67 percent for Republican respondents) think that immigrants contribute positively to the economy in
In the end, it’s pretty clear
The attempt by Congressman Mark Green to rile up excitement on the immigration issue will almost certainly fail. It’s just not an issue statewide, and, more importantly, it’s pretty clear most of the state disagrees with Green – who opposes a temporary worker program with a path to citizenship – on the topic.
John Gard may have a better time with it in the 8th CD, but it still doesn’t seem likely to have a major impact on that race.
All in all, the GOP focus on immigration appears to be little more than a sign of election desperation.