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Poll shows overwhelming support in Oklahoma for path to citizenship

by Chris Casteel Modified: October 15, 2013 at 3:05 pm •  Published: October 15, 2013

Four out of five Oklahomans support a ten-year path to citizenship for illegal immigrants that includes taxes, fees and fines, according to a new poll conducted for a group launched by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and media magnate Rubert Murdoch.
Asked whether they would support an immigration reform package that includes the path to citizenship along with tighter border security, 59 percent said they would strongly favor it and 21 percent said they somewhat favor it.
The reform package described in the poll mirrors Senate legislation passed earlier this year.
The poll was conducted by the respected Republican polling firm CMA Strategies, of Oklahoma City. It was taken Sept. 2 through Sept. 5 of 500 registered voters and has a margin of error of 4.3 percent.
Pat McFerron, a founding partner of the firm, said Tuesday that the results are nearly identical to the results from a poll in April when he asked the same question.
The latest poll was conducted for the Partnership for a New American Economy, a group of business leaders pushing for immigration reform.
“The strong support for meaningful immigration reform in Oklahoma reflects the broad consensus that we are seeing across the country,” said John Feinblatt, chairman of the Partnership for a New American Economy. “Oklahomans, like most Americans, understand that immigration reform will benefit American workers, American companies, and America’s economy as a whole.”
Here are the questions asked and the responses:

1. Would you favor or oppose an immigration reform package that required those living in our country illegally to pay taxes, pay a fine, pay an application fee, have a job, have no criminal record, and wait 10 years in order to gain citizenship, as long as the reforms also included funding for securing the border and tracking illegal immigrants through e-verify and other programs?
Would you say you strongly or only somewhat favor/oppose?

Strongly favor 59%
Somewhat favor 21%
Somewhat oppose 5%
Strongly oppose 9%
Undecided (vol.) 6%

2. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: Our current immigration system is de facto amnesty for illegals and congress needs to act.
Would you say you strongly or only somewhat agree/disagree?

Strongly agree 57%
Somewhat agree 17%
Somewhat disagree 7%
Strongly disagree 8%
Undecided (vol.) 12%

3. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: It does not matter what the cost is or the personal stories involved, America needs to deport the 11 million illegal immigrants in this country.
Would you say you strongly or only somewhat agree/disagree?

Strongly agree 30%
Somewhat agree 9%
Somewhat disagree 20%
Strongly disagree 33%
Undecided (vol.) 8%

4. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: America needs the labor force immigrants bring. From roofers and landscapers to highly technical engineers and doctors, America needs an immigrant labor force for our economy to grow.
Would you say you strongly or only somewhat agree/disagree?

Strongly agree 31%
Somewhat agree 22%
Somewhat disagree 14%
Strongly disagree 25%
Undecided (vol.) 8%

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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