Public Views on Immigration Reform Underscore the GOP’s Conundrum

Nearly six in 10 Americans support a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, but with Republicans firm in their opposition by a wide margin – a challenge for a party torn between reflecting the views of its base and seeking to broaden its appeal.

With negotiations in Washington proceeding, 57 percent in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll support the most contentious part of immigration reform, a process by which illegal immigrants may gain citizenship. Two other elements – stricter border control and more visas for highly skilled workers – win broader backing, from 80 and 72 percent, respectively. [cont.]

Gary Langer, ABC News

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