A Washington Post / ABC News poll shows that only a third of Americans approve of President Obama’s handling of the border crisis.
There has never been majority support for the president’s positions on immigration. But Americans trust him and fellow Democrats more than Republicans, as polls have shown since March of last year. Republicans in Congress garnered a 23 percent approval rating for their attempts to deal with the crisis.
Meanwhile, a Pew poll shows that a stong majority of Republicans and independents (61 percent for each) call passing immigration legislation highly important. That’s up from 46 percent of Republicans and 44 percent of independents in February, when immigration reform stood a chance of passing. The percent of Democrats with the same view has held steady since February — 60 percent call a new bill very important.
Yet the poll indicates the crisis is also increasing polarization on key reform issues like a legal path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. It’s clear that agreeing on which problems are important is different from agreeing on how to fix them.