Media coverage of PRRI/Brookings’ report What Americans Want From Immigration Reform in 2014 has been extensive following the survey’s release on Tuesday. Here is a round up of some great coverage:
Julia Preston at the New York Times leads with the current majority support for immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship, which remains “remarkably steady.” Preston also noted the political differences evident on the issue, particularly between Republicans and members of the Tea Party.
Over at the Washington Post, Pam Constable and Michelle Boorstein also highlight the broad support for immigration reform, despite the political polarization about immigration reform in Congress.
Laura Meckler of The Wall Street Journal explains that, although a majority of Americans support a path to citizenship, most Americans do not view immigration reform as the highest priority for President Obama and Congress, which helps to explain why immigration reform has stalled in Congress.
Meanwhile, Time’s Maya Rhodan looks at what the findings foretell for the 2014 election. She flags the survey’s findings that a majority (53%) of American voters say they are less likely to vote for a candidate who opposes a pathway to citizenship. Even among Republican voters, 46% say “opposition to reform would hurt a candidate’s chances of gaining their vote.”
NPR’s Here and Now program includes an interview with PRRI’s CEO Robert P. Jones as he discusses our latest findings.