Bush's missing poll points found
Republican voters don't want illegal immigrants expelled, just legalized properly, a new poll says. Facing a choice between a registration and an earned-legalization plan and a plan that included deportation and enforcement only, GOP voters favored the earned-legalization approach by 58 percent to 33 percent, said the poll, which was conducted by the Tarrance Group for the Manhattan Institute from Oct. 2 to Oct. 5. The one distinction that raised the favorable for Republicans was the including of enforcement. Other polls have shown that republicans will not support an immigration policy that does not have a clear intent for enforcement.
The poll also found that 78 percent of likely Republican voters favored an immigration policy that included increased border security, tougher penalties for employers who hired illegal workers and a policy that allowed illegal immigrants to come forward and register for a temporary worker program that eventually placed them on a path to citizenship.
Some 67 percent of respondents indicated to the pollsters that they would have a more favorable view of President George W. Bush if he supported an earned-legalization reform plan. The poll was conducted among 800 likely Republican voters. The margin of error was plus/minus 3.5 percent.