Americans Oppose ‘Obamacare,’ Social Security for Illegal Immigrants Made Legal by Reform – Yahoo! News
By Scott Bland
According to the latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, more than two-thirds of all Americans and nine out of every 10 Republicans oppose making legalized immigrants “eligible for government benefits … before they become citizens,” confirming the issue’s potency as one of the main political attacks against immigration reform supporters in 2014.
NumbersUSA’s February ad against Graham may have been an early shot, but given how strongly the message tests, it seems sure to crop up again — assuming attention remains focused on the issue. Overall, 77 percent of respondents opposed making government benefits available to legalized but noncitizen immigrants. In findings that are sure to feed a core conservative fear about the issue, the idea was broadly unpopular across party, race, and class lines:
Ninety percent of Republicans opposed it, as did 80 percent of independents and 65 percent of Democrats, suggesting the message could appear in general-election advertising as well as in GOP primaries.
Nearly two-thirds of nonwhites stood against the idea, as well as 84 percent of whites.
While college-educated women were the group of whites that most supported extending benefits, 71 percent of them still opposed it.