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US: Oil Spill, Immigration (Quinnipiac 5/19-24)

Topics: National , poll


Quinnipiac
5/19-24/10; 1,914 registered voters, 2.2% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(Quinnipiac release)

National

Obama Job Approval / Disapproval on:
Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico: 39 / 42

Based on what you've heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of Arizona's new immigration law?
51% Approve, 31% Disapprove

Would you want your state to pass a law similar to Arizona's new immigration law or not?
48% Yes, 35% No

Do you think Arizona's new immigration law will or will not:
Reduce illegal immigration: 45% Will, 36% Will not
Lead to discrimination against Hispanics: 45% Will, 40% Will not

To help solve the energy crisis and make America less dependent on foreign oil, do you support or oppose - drilling for new oil supplies in currently protected areas off shore?
53% Support, 40% Oppose

 

Comments
kevin626:

Gotta love how some people think the law will lead to discrimination of Hispanics but don't care.

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Travis:

Two striking things about this poll:

1) Obama administration's approval and disapproval numbers aren't indicative of a "political catastrophe" many talking heads are overselling right now. Certainly, the political winds could shift more negatively against the Obama administration. But, right now, people don't seem to be overly critical of the administration. That is, perhaps, reflective of fact that BP is garnering -- as they should, since they caused it -- most of the blame and frustration for the catastrophe.

2) The question about offshore drilling is poorly constructed.

"To help solve the energy crisis and make America less dependent on foreign oil, do you support or oppose - drilling for new oil supplies in currently protected areas off shore?"

Quinnipiac, you should be more mindful of how you're framing issues.

Would a question worded in the following manner have elicited the same level of support: "After witnessing the BP oil spill catastrophe, do you support or oppose - drilling for new oil supplies in currently protect areas off shore?" Not likely.

As such, why not simply ask whether or not people currently support offshore drilling, and leave the politics out of the question?

Let people synthesize/harness current events and political arguments of their own volition. A pollster should be careful to not espouse any particular viewpoint.

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Farleftandproud:

I am a little pissed at the results of this one. Of course any response to any oil spill, regardless of president isn't going to be good enough. I know Reagan and Bush was critisized for the Valdez in Alaska.

It really is beyond anyone's control. Until mankind can be as innovative in their invention of clean energy that is more environmentally safe, the world will be enslaved to big oil.

I wish the media would divert the attention away from the oil spill on to other issues. It is important and I feel for the people, but the media with the exception of Fox News is fixated on this.

I don't see Fox constantly having news clips on the oil spill. Hey their too busy making Obama sound like a criminal for encouraging a candidate from his own party not to run for the US Senate.

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Uchenna Oguekwe:

Have to love the fact that even though people think the law will lead to discrimination, they are alright with it and want a law similar law in their state. Also interesting how after seeing the consequence of drill deep off our shores and how difficult it is to clean up, they want us to drill more. The problem here is people don't care about something unless it directly affects them.

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astro24102:


Arizona is the first state to actually have the guts to "declare a state of emergency" regarding illegal immigration. Its a Heartfelt cry to protect its citizens. If some of our Whitehouse officials would actually read it, then they might think differently. In the meantime, all of the illegal in-migration is heading to California because "they have more resources to support them."

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Arizona is the first state to actually have the guts to "declare a state of emergency" regarding illegal immigration. Its a Heartfelt cry to protect its citizens. If some of our Whitehouse officials would actually read it, then they might think differently. In the meantime, all of the illegal in-migration is heading to California because "they have more resources to support them."

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Field Marshal:

Astro, this administration is clearly anti-reading and learning. Remember when the left would say crazy things like Bush was anti-science? So funny and pathetic that people in this country believe such nonsense and yet are allowed to vote!

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Don:

Aggreed that the wording of the oil spill question is poor, but I can understand the results. That's like deciding to stop all plane traffic because of a fatal crash. Tragic, yes, but you push onward because, like it or not, we are a country currently dependant on oil.

As for the Arizona law, I'm in the majority. There's always a "bad apple" that will take the law past the limits of its intent and, therefore, most people think that it will lead to some further discrimination. That's not to say that I don't approve of the law. At the end of the day, there are people here illegally. Illegal. Period. End of story. They need to go home and, if they want to be here, go through the process legitimately.

We have legal immigration. If you cheat the system (because you don't have the patience or worse a criminal background), you pay the price of going home. You shouldn't get rewarded for it.

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melvin:

The only way latinos is going to get politicans att if they stand in long lines by the thousands to register to vote,boycotts in protests donot work.can the hispanic leaders see this.

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Farleftandproud:

There is no doubt we have a problem with illegals in this country. Arizona simply has the wrong approach because it encourages racial profiling.

I acknowledge that I have not always been a "flaming heart liberal" on tolerating illegal immigration and protecting our borders. I would say that at best I am a moderate on the topic. When that border security guard in either TX or CA was found guilty of firing those shots at the illegal who posed a threat to this man, I was very pleased when the courts let the border security guard out early for time served. I came up to bat for him

I personally believe that our troops would be more useful protecting our own borders than trying to wage war in the middle east. It looks pathetic that we are trying to monitor travel between Afghanistan and Pakistan and believing we are going to catch all the terrorists, when we have failed to do our job protecting our own borders in CA, NM, TX and AZ.

We clearly need more national guard to protect the borders; that is the only solution to the problem.

As for those here illegally, we have to deal with them on a case by case basis, which would mean investigate workplaces with histories of hiring illegals, and fine businesses heavily who hire these people. An amnesty would work in some cases.

For those who have some skills and have in in the country for a few years and may have American born children, I think taking the steps to citizenship should be granted. For those who have been involved with gangs or drug traffickign or have engaged in criminal activity, they should be either convicted or deported. With our databases and record keeping these days, these people should be able to be spotted without having to target all Latinos or those with darker skin who may not be here legally. Profiling clearly hurts those who abide by the law, and that is simply not constitutional.

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Aaron_in_TX:

"At the end of the day, there are people here illegally. Illegal. Period. End of story."

Why don't you lash out at the people who pay them the slave wages (by our standards) that encourage them to come here?

No one hiring illegals = illegal immigration cut by 90%. But people want it both ways. They want to pay workers low wages, but they don't want to pay for the support programs they need because they are so poor.

It's the same phenomenon at Wal-Mart. Their cheaper prices are a direct result of them paying at least 15% and probably 20% less per hour than the local average. However, you still pay in the end because many of those workers end up getting on food stamps because of their low wages. When I worked there almost every female associate that wasn't a manager and had a kid was on WIC & food stamps. Their kids were probably on CHIP and I wouldn't be surprised if some were on Medicaid.

My mom's neighbor in San Antonio was recently bragging that she found someone to clean their yard for $35/wk, while my parents pay $55. Hmmm... it takes at least 3 & 1/2 hours to do yards of their size. The guy my mom hired is a legal immigrant. I wonder who is willing to work for that much less than him?

See, people want stuff cheap and don't think about the consequences.

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Farleftandproud:

Even in VT and near Albany, NY a huge hotel builder built Hampton inns and others and some whistleblowers found out this company cut corners and hired illegals all the way up here. Ironically, it is extreme capitalistic politicians pushing for these tougher laws, but it is most likely be large corrupt businesses predominantely Republican who hire these illegals. That is the whole irony of these laws.

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Don:

Aaron_in_TX:

"Why don't you lash out at the people who pay them the slave wages (by our standards) that encourage them to come here?"

I agree, there's a multi-pronged approach that is needed.

1) Enforce penalties against businesses that hire illegal immigrants. This is simple and, as you mentioned, effective.
2) Enforce our laws. Give law enforcement the ability to locate illegals and extradite them.
3) Increase the troops (or National Guard, etc) and police our border.

Sounds simple (know that it's not) but those 3 steps would be in the right direction.

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Aaron_in_TX:

It's not just businesses. A lot of the illegal hiring is under the table. It's people cleaning yards, cleaning houses, building fences, taking care of elderly, supplying gas stations with breakfast tacos to sell every morning and all kinds of other jobs that aren't official. This is in addition to the construction jobs and trades and farleft alluded to.

I was born and raised in south Texas 30 miles from the border, probably the most illegals per capita in the country. Those are the kinds of things that many of them do.

It's an extremely complicated problem not easily solved even though the solution seems simple, like you said. If you stop that supply of labor, the the demand for cheap labor will remain and get satisfied by some other group.

My feeling is that deep down people don't want it solved, they just want to scapegoat someone for the larger problems the country faces that are more our fault than theirs. It's easy to blame a marginalized, weaker population.

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