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Midday Update: Poll Shows Voters Shifting on Immigration

by Newsteam Staff
October 3, 2012

Photo of the Day: GOP nominee Mitt Romney and U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) (R) order food at a Chipotle Restaurant in Denver October 2, 2012. (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: GOP nominee Mitt Romney and U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) (R) order food at a Chipotle Restaurant in Denver October 2, 2012. (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters)

In a CNN/ORC International poll released yesterday, 56 percent of U.S. voters surveyed said that immigration policy should focus on finding a way to legalize undocumented immigrants instead of deporting them and trying to seal off the borders.Thirty-nine percent advocate deportation, according to the poll.

“That’s a change from one year ago, when 55 percent said the focus should be deportation, and 42 percent said the focus should be developing a path to legal residency,” CNN reports. “In 2010, 61 percent named deportation as more important, while 37 percent identified a plan for legal residency as a priority.”

The majority of respondents also support President Obama’s deportation waiver program for certain undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.

GOP nominee Mitt Romney said in an interview yesterday that, if elected, he would not revoke the temporary visas issued under the program.

This CFR Issue Tracker looks at both candidates’ stances on immigration. And  check this CFR backgrounder, which  looks at the ongoing political debate over U.S. immigration policy.


On CFR’s Renewing America blog, Edward Alden discusses the complicated political and economic relationship between China and the United States, cautioning President Obama to proceed carefully in a dispute over an executive order blocking a Chinese company’s acquisition of wind farms in Oregon.

“While both the president and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney are trying to one-up each other over the economic threat posed by China, the mayor of Toledo, Ohio – the swing state of all swing states – was busy courting some 150 potential Chinese investors, trying to persuade them to bring jobs into the hard-hit local economy,” Alden writes. “The story brilliantly captured America’s current confusion over its economic relationship with China.”

This CFR Issue Tracker details both candidates’ stances on U.S.-China policy.


Tonight’s first debate of the general election season will likely focus heavily on hot-button social and economic issues, but Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson says that at least some of the questions should reflect the concerns of the so-called 99 percent.

“Plenty of questions would, of course, rightly reflect the concerns of both groups: questions about war and peace, the deployment of American forces, the right to marry, school quality,” he writes. “But a number of questions related to the top 1 percent’s rise over the rest of our citizenry are simply not part of standard Beltway discourse, and asking them would require some outside-of-the-box thinking from the debate moderators.”

His suggestions: Economic issues from income stagnation to declining intergenerational mobility to curbing education and healthcare costs.

Read more about the candidates’ positions on the economy in this CFR Issue Tracker.

–Contributing Editor Kirsti Itameri

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