While support for immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship failed miserably among delegates at Utah Republican Party conventions over the past few years, a new statewide poll shows that the vast majority of Utahns are supportive.
The poll, sponsored by the Alliance for Citizenship, Partnership for a New American Economy, and Republicans for Immigration Reform, was conducted June 6-7 and has a margin of error of roughly 4.28%.
Highlights of the poll include:
- 71% of those polled said they strongly or somewhat support bipartisan immigration reform legislation being debated in Washington;
- 74% of those polled said they strongly or somewhat support a bill that includes a tough but fair path to citizenship;
- 64% of those polled are more likely to vote for an elected official who supports comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship.
- 90% of those polled said it was very or somewhat important that the U.S. fix it’s immigration system this year.
“We need to solve the immigration problem in America,” stated Jonathan Johnson, executive vice chairman of Overstock.com. “I’m not surprised by these new poll numbers. It’s clear that an overwhelming majority of Utahns feel immigration reform is long overdue.”
“Now is the time to adopt bipartisan national immigration reform that promotes national security, keeps families together, ensures fairness to taxpayers and protects human dignity,” said Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams. “For the good of our economy and the immigrant population in Salt Lake County, I would urge our leaders in Washington to move legislation forward in order to achieve progress on this critical issue.”
Utah Senator Mike Lee (R) has refused to support the bipartisan “gang of 8″ immigration reform legislation, which is currently making its way through congress. Senator Orrin Hatch (R) has been tentitively supportive.