Poll: Independents like immigration move
Bloomberg News is out this morning with a poll confirming that the Obama administration's new policy on deportation isn't just a winner with Latinos; voters in general approve, including a big majority of independents. Lisa Lerer:
President Barack Obama is winning the opening round in the battle over immigration, according to a Bloomberg poll released today, putting Republicans on the defensive with his decision to end the deportations of some illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children,
Sixty-four percent of likely voters surveyed after Obama’s June 15 announcement said they agreed with the policy, while 30 percent said they disagreed. Independents backed the decision by better than a two-to-one margin. ...
A majority -- 56 percent -- of likely Republican voters opposed the decision, while almost nine in 10, or 86 percent, of Democrats supported it. Sixty-six percent of independents backed the policy change, while 26 percent disagreed.
Romney, the presumed Republican presidential nominee, has refused to say whether he would reverse the decision if he’s elected.
The poll goes a long way toward explaining why the Obama team seems to be on offense this week for the first time in a couple weeks. It's hard to imagine that Romney's current posture on the issue could last all the way to November, or even past this week, given that he's slated to address the National Association of Latino Elected Officials on Thursday.