New Poll: Arkansas Voters Support Bipartisan Senate Immigration Bill

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LITTLE ROCK, AR (News Release) – As the Senate takes up debate this week on the bipartisan immigration reform bill, state leaders discussed the importance of comprehensive reform of our nation’s immigration system.

University of Arkansas at Little Rock Provost Dr. Zulma Toro and Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola delivered their remarks in support of immigration reform at the Engineering and Information Technology building on the UALR campus.

“Comprehensive immigration reform presents an opportunity for the United States to lay the foundation for a strong and competitive economy better suited for the future,” said Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola. “As a state with one of the fastest growing immigrant populations and strong high-skill and low-skill sectors, Arkansas will receive tremendous benefits from comprehensive immigration reform.”

Toro and Stodola focused on the positive impact immigration reform would have on access to higher education, growing the economy and attracting the best and brightest talent.

During the same news conference, new Arkansas-specific polling numbers were released showing overwhelming voter support of S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. The poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling, indicates voters in Arkansas are ready for a commonsense solution to the country’s broken immigration system that includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

The poll was sponsored by the Alliance for Citizenship, Partnership for a New American Economy and Republicans for Immigration Reform, three organizations who represent the broad support for immigration reform from across the political spectrum.

According to the poll, voters in Arkansas support the Gang of Eight bill by large margins. Moreover, the results show that there is a genuine imperative for Senators Pryor and Boozman to support the bill as constituents said they are more likely to vote for an elected official who votes for reform.

Highlights of the findings include:
  • 67% of those polled said they strongly or somewhat support bipartisan immigration reform legislation being debated in Washington
  • 78% of those polled said the strongly or somewhat support a bill that includes a tough but fair path to citizenship
  • 58% of those polled are more likely to vote for an elected official who supports comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship – 2.64 times more likely to vote for someone who supports reform than someone who opposes reform;
  • 87% of those polled said it was very or somewhat important that the U.S. fix its immigration system this year.
Of those polled, 35% identified as Republicans, 34% as Democrats, and 31% as Independents.

Click here for full results of the poll.

*The Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone surveys of likely Arkansas voters were conducted between June 4 – 5, 2013.  The poll has a sample size of 611 respondents and a margin of error of less than 5%.

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