Poll: 62 Percent of Americans Favor Pathway to Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants

A majority of Americans are in favor of a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, according to poll commissioned by the Associated Press.

Not only do Democrat and independent voters favor this idea, but 53 percent of Republicans do too, according to this poll.

When the AP did this same poll in 2010 -- the year Brewer signed 1070 -- 50 percent favored a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants. That number was 47 percent in 2009.

As our colleague Stephen Lemons pointed out today, it sure doesn't look like Governor Jan Brewer's following the curve, as she's still pimping out her signature on Senate Bill 1070 in order to raise cash, and she's trying to block the DREAMers from getting driver's licenses, even though it appears that the federal government says they should be able to apply for them.

"Much of the increase in support for a path to eventual citizenship has come among Republicans," according to the AP's story on the poll. "A majority in the GOP- 53 percent- now favor the change. That's up a striking 22 percentage points from 2010."

The poll also found that, overall, the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is even more popular. Sixty-three percent favor allowing people who were brought to the United States illegally when they were young to stay in the country, if they meet certain conditions.

However, that didn't have unanimous support from both parties -- 76 percent of Democrats support it, compared to 59 percent of independents, and 48 percent of Republicans.

This probably isn't incredibly surprising, as it's pretty close to an Arizona-based poll from 2011.

Then, 78 percent of Arizonans responding to the poll said they would support legislation allowing undocumented "long-time" residents to become citizens "if they pay a fine, pass a criminal background check here and their nation of origin, get a taxpayer I.D. number and demonstrate they can speak English."

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Matthew Hendley
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