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New State Poll Shows Hoosiers Support Immigration Reform

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.— As the Senate takes up debate this week on the bipartisan immigration reform bill, Harper Polling released the results of a new state poll showing overwhelming voter support for the legislation. During a press call today, state leaders and supporters of immigration reform discussed how the new poll indicates voters in Indiana are ready for a commonsense solution to the country’s broken immigration system that includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
The poll was sponsored by the Alliance for Citizenship, Partnership for a New American Economy and Republicans for Immigration Reform, three organizations who represent the broad support for immigration reform from across the political spectrum.
“The results of this statewide poll should be yet another indication to our elected officials in Washington that their constituents want, and are ready for, a real and lasting solution to mend our broken immigration system,” said Mayor Tom Henry of Fort Wayne. “Comprehensive immigration reform is one of the rare issues that is both good politics and good policy. There is bipartisan support for the Senate bill that includes a path to citizenship.”
According to the poll, voters in Indiana support the Gang of Eight bill by large margins. Moreover, the results show that there is a genuine imperative for Senators Dan Coats and Joe Donnelly to support the bill as constituents said they are more likely to vote for an elected official who votes for reform.
“The immigration reform bill currently in the U.S. Senate is a much needed common sense approach toward strengthening and reforming federal laws in a way that benefits our businesses,” said John Livengood, president the of Indiana Restaurant Association. “Indiana is best served by an economy that maximizes individual freedom and opportunity. Immigrants play an important economic role as workers and taxpayers.”
Highlights of the findings include:
·         69% of those polled said they strongly or somewhat support bipartisan immigration reform legislation being debated in Washington;

·         62% of those polled said they strongly or somewhat support a bill that includes a tough but fair path to citizenship;
·         47% of those polled are more likely to vote for an elected official who supports comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship. 

·         92% of those polled said it was very or somewhat important that the U.S. fix its immigration system this year.

·         Of those polled, 44% identified as Republicans, 33% as Democrats, and 23% as Independents.

Full results of the poll can be found here  https://www.dropbox.com/s/c5fma4mb1of7zfs/Indiana%20Immigration%20Poll%20Toplines.pdf.
The Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone surveys of likely voters were conducted between June 2-10, 2013.  The poll has a minimum sample size of 500 respondents and a margin of error of less than 5%.
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