FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 2016
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FWD.us Releases New Presidential Swing State Poll Outlining Voter Opposition to Trump Immigration Platform
New Poll in Colorado, Florida & Nevada Highlights Negative Voter Views on Key 2016 Issue
WASHINGTON D.C. – As the Republican National Convention begins in Cleveland, FWD.us today released the results of a new, bipartisan swing state poll that highlights how out-of-step presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump’s views on immigration reform are with voters, and how they are harming Republican efforts to win the White House in November.
Top pollsters Jefrey Pollock of Global Strategy Group and Jon Lerner of Basswood Research recently conducted a bipartisan poll of 600 likely November 2016 voters in Colorado, Florida and Nevada and among other things, Clinton leads by double digits among Independent voters (44% Clinton/33% Trump), with roughly two-thirds of Independents opposing Trump’s plans to round up and deport all immigrants living here illegally (67%), revoke citizenship from U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants (67%), temporarily ban foreign-born Muslims from entering the United States (67%), and build a wall across the southern border (65%).
“It’s clear that Donald Trump’s views on immigration are not only wildly out-of-step with a strong majority of Independent voters in this country, but are also out-of-step with a majority of the Republican Party,” Todd Schulte, President of FWD.us said today. “The mass deportation of all 11 million undocumented immigrants is the central tenet of Trump’s immigration plans and with 66% of voters disapproving, that means roughly 7 in 10 voters show this a huge voting issue hurting Trump. The reality is that a strong majority of Americans reject his anti-immigrant rhetoric, reject his mass deportation policy and support commonsense immigration reform.”
FWD.us released the following memo from Pollock and Lerner today:
TO: Interested Parties
FROM: Global Strategy Group & Basswood Research
DATE: July 18, 2016
RE: New Poll Results – Swing State Voters Reject Donald Trump’s Immigration Platform
Voters in key swing states oppose every major element of Donald Trump’s immigration plan with strong intensity. Trump’s immigration stances are roundly rejected by Independent voters and also alienate large numbers of battleground Republicans. By comparison, swing state voters from every party overwhelmingly support comprehensive immigration reform that would both increase border security and create an earned pathway to citizenship.
Key findings from a recent bipartisan poll conducted by Democratic polling firm Global Strategy Group and Republican polling firm Basswood Research of 600 likely November 2016 voters in Colorado, Florida, and Nevada are as follows:
KEY SURVEY FINDINGS:
- Voters reject every plank of Trump’s immigration platform: Battleground voters oppose every major immigration policy put forward by Trump with clear intensity, including:
- Rounding up and deporting all immigrants living here illegally (66% oppose, 49% oppose strongly)
- Revoking citizenship from children of immigrants living here illegally (65% oppose, 49% strongly)
- Temporarily banning foreign Muslims from entering the United States (55% oppose, 43% strongly)
- Building a wall across the entire U.S.-Mexico border (54% oppose, 44% strongly)
- In a tight race, persuadable voters split sharply with Trump on immigration: The race is within three points across the states polled (45% Clinton/42% Trump). Clinton leads by double digits among Independent voters (44% Clinton/33% Trump), with roughly two-thirds of Independents opposing Trump’s plans to round up and deport all immigrants living here illegally (67%), revoke citizenship from children of immigrants living here illegally (67%), temporarily ban foreign Muslims from entering the United States (67%), and build a wall across the southern border (65%).
- Trump’s immigration stances alienate a wide segment of his own party: Nearly one-third (32%) of Republican voters have unfavorable opinions of Trump, and these “Non-Trump Republicans” widely disapprove of their candidate’s immigration policies. Within this segment:
- 78% oppose rounding up and deporting all immigrants living here illegally (56% strongly oppose)
- 69% oppose revoking citizenship from children of immigrants living here illegally (46% strongly)
- 64% oppose building a southern border wall (54% strongly)
- 62% oppose a temporary ban on foreign Muslims entering the country (31% strongly)
- Voters overwhelmingly support comprehensive immigration reform: Over three-quarters (77%) support a proposal to increase border security and create an earned pathway to citizenship for immigrants living here illegally. Support for the proposal is unchanged from polling last October among this same battleground voter universe (also 77%), and extends across partisan lines with clear majorities of Democrats (83%), Independents (78%), and Republicans (69%) in favor.
ABOUT THIS POLL
Global Strategy Group and Basswood Research conducted a survey from July 5-10, 2016 among 600 likely November 2016 voters in Colorado, Florida, and Nevada. Results have a margin of error of +/-4.0%, and care has been taken to ensure the geographic and demographic divisions of the electorate are properly represented based on past voter turnout statistics.