They are the children who traveled to the U.S. illegally, sometimes with their parents and other times with virtual strangers. Many were fleeing the ravages of war, on a trip filled with dangers in the night and other perils. Most of them have few if any memories of the land they left, yet Republican politicians are hot to send the Dreamers back.
One year in office, more than 2,000 tweets and 88 rounds of golf. What else has Donald Trump achieved during his presidency so far? pic.twitter.com/foHYDJK4fa
— The Economist (@TheEconomist) January 11, 2018
An independent Quinnipiac University National Poll released today found that 79 percent of American voters believed that Dreamers should be able to stay in this country and apply for citizenship. That means eight to one, people thought they should stay here.
An additional seven percent said that the Dreamers could stay, but they should not be able to become citizens. Only 11 percent thought that the government should force the Dreamers out of this country.
Among Republicans, 64 percent supported Dreamers staying in the country and applying for citizenship. A full 92 percent of Democrats thought that the Dreamers should have that right.
When it came to building a wall, 63 percent of the American voters opposed the U.S. doing so, while 34 percent thought the administration should. In the breakdown between parties, there was more of a distinct division. Seventy-eight percent of Republicans favored a wall against 19 percent who disagreed. Among white voters with no college degree, 47 percent agreed with building the wall and 49 percent were opposed.
However, according to Quinnipiac:
‘Every other party, gender, education, age and racial group opposes The Wall.’
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has just indicated that he will be coming down hard on states whose residents buy or sell marijuana. President Barack Obama and his AG Eric Holder took a much more lax attitude toward enforcing the laws on the books as they related to marijuana.
Voters said, 58 percent to 36 percent, that marijuana use should be legal. Among people 18- to 34-years-old, 79 percent agreed and 17 percent disagreed. The surprise came when 91 percent of American voters of any age supported the legalization of medical marijuana, and only six percent opposed it.
Voters agreed 61 percent to 36 percent they had no confidence in Trump to handle the North Korea situation. Yet, 59 to 27 percent of voters believed the U.S. would find a diplomatic solution versus a military one.
Some American voters believed that Donald Trump should continue tweeting from his personal account—26 percent. Those who opposed made up 69 percent of respondents. Among Republicans, 44 percent said he could continue and 49 percent said he should stop.
The new tax plan that Trump and Republicans so proudly passed was not popular among American voters. They disapproved 52 percent to 32 percent. Among Republicans, 76 percent approved, and seven percent did not. White voters with no college degree disapproved 38 percent to 41 percent. Forty-six percent of white men approved of the tax plan, 43 percent disapproved. Every other group disapproved.
Thirty-three percent of voters said the tax plan would increase their taxes to the 24 percent who believed it would reduce them. Then, 37 percent said it would not have much impact.
Sixty-six percent of American voters said the wealthy would most benefit from the plan, and 22 percent said the middle class would benefit most. Only four percent said low-income people would benefit the most.
Assistant Director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, Tim Malloy said:
‘Looking at immigration, voters insist emphatically, “Don’t dash the dream.” Voters say that immigrants who were brought here as kids should be allowed to live out their adult lives here as citizens. The demographics say pot is here to stay, either for fun or to provide medical comfort. And the message to Attorney General Jeff Sessions: Hands off.’
The poll was conducted January 5 to 9 among 1,106 voters via landlines and cell phones. The margin of error was +/- 3.6 percentage points.
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