Wide support for immigration reform in Rep. Dennis Ross' district, poll shows
Immigration reform advocates, still holding onto hope of a bill moving in the House, are touting polls from across the country showing broad public support. And a new one in Rep. Dennis Ross' Florida district continues the trend, suggesting he would not pay a political price.
Seventy-eight percent of people polled in the Republican-heavy district said they would support a plan that would: increase border security; block employers from hiring undocumented immigrants; and make sure that undocumented immigrants already in the U.S. pass a criminal background check before gaining legal status and, eventually, citizenship.
The poll, released to the Buzz, was done by the Republican-aligned Magellan Strategies. If comprehensive plan were adopted, 39 percent of voters in Florida's 15th Congressional District said they would view Ross more favorably, while 26 percent said less favorably and 28 percent said it would make no difference.
Ross does not supported a path to citizenship. His Lakeland-based district has a sizable agriculture industry.
Magellan: This survey was conducted using automated telephone touchtone technology. The sample used for this survey was randomly drawn from a Florida CD15 voter file. The survey response data was weighted based upon voting demographics from past Florida CD15 general election cycles. The interviews were conducted on November 7th and 11th, 2013. Three attempts were made to interview each household in the sample. This survey has a margin of error of 3.70% at the 95 percent confidence interval.