Generally, 75% Get What They Want

Guest-Worker Proposal Has Wide Support (Mark Z. Barabak, LA Times)

Californians generally favor a carrot-and-stick approach to illegal immigration, mixing tougher border enforcement with a guest-worker program and a pathway to citizenship for those already in the United States, according to a new Los Angeles Times poll.

By a ratio of more than 3 to 1, those surveyed said they preferred a comprehensive approach to the immigration issue, which President Bush and a bipartisan group of U.S. senators advocate, rather than the more punitive legislation passed by the House of Representatives. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have spent months trying to reconcile those conflicting proposals.

Support for a broader approach to illegal immigration was shared by Californians of all political persuasions and throughout the state, regardless of where they lived.

How rare is it for 75% of voters to support any policy, let alone one that is allegedly as intractable as immigration reform?

Of course, Willmoore Kendall’s old intensity problem comes into play, as that 25% feels VERY strongly about the “more punitive” approach.