Immigration (Issue) Could Decide Tight Races

Center For Immigration Studies (Washington, D.C.)
Poll: Immigration Could Decide Tight Races
Issue Could Be Decisive in Many Battleground Contests

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 10, 2006) — A new poll examines the views of likely voters nationally and in 14 contested Senate and House races. The findings show strong majorities of Americans want immigration laws enforced and illegal immigrants to go home. One of the strongest findings is that the public overwhelmingly opposes increases in legal immigration of the kind found in the bill passed earlier this year by the Senate.

The results are surprisingly consistent across the country, both in terms of how voters see the problem, and what they want done about it. Unlike many other polls, the survey uses neutral language and avoids terms like amnesty and illegal alien. The survey was done by the polling company inc. for the Center for Immigration Studies.

In addition to a national poll, detailed polling on immigration was done in four contested Senate races — Missouri, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Montana — and in 10 contested House races: Arizona 5th, Connecticut 4th, Indiana 8th, Kentucky 4th, Pennsylvania 6th, Texas 17th, Louisiana 3rd, Georgia 8th, Colorado 7th, and Ohio 6th.

The results are embargoed until Monday, October 16, at 9:30 a.m. Advance copies are available to the media. The data will be available online at

The Center will formally release the report at a press conference on Monday, October 16, at 9:30 a.m. in the Murrow Room of the National Press Club. Kellyanne Conway, President of the polling company, and Dr. Steven Camarota, the Centers Director of Research, will discuss the findings. The briefing is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Steven Camarota at (202) 466-8185 or, or Kellyanne Conway at (202) 667-6557.