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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Obama's pollster: One in eight voters back amnesty -- By Neil Munro, The Daily Caller

Only one out of every eight swing-voters strongly back an amnesty for illegals immigrants, according to a new poll by President Barack Obama’s 2012 polling firm.

The poll, which was funded by NBC and Esquire magazine, was intended to highlight the political views of non-partisan American voters.

This middle non-partisan bloc comprises 51 percent of all voters, according to two polling firms who conducted the survey, released Oct. 15. The firms were Obama’s Benenson Strategy Group, and Public Opinion Strategies, which was the primary polling firm for GOP candidate Gov. Mitt Romney.

Just 12 percent of these middle-bloc respondents strongly support “providing illegal immigrants with a path to citizenship even though they have broken the rules,” according to a summary printed by Esquire.

Thirty-eight percent of the middle-bloc strongly oppose the amnesty, creating a political minefield for the politicians who need to woo swing-voters.

Twenty percent “somewhat support” the amnesty, while 16 percent “somewhat oppose” the amnesty.

The lopsided poll is significant, in part, because industry and progressive groups are stepping up the pressure on October to persuade the GOP’s House leadership to revive the push for a rewrite of immigration law.

The proposed rewrite has been stalled since the Senate passed a bill in June that would offer green-cards to 33 million people by 2023. The ambitious Senate bill, and especially its plan to import more workers during a period of high unemployment, is strongly opposed by many GOP-leaning voters and by many Latinos, according to numerous polls.

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