7/16/14, "One in Six Say Immigration Most Important U.S. Problem," Gallup, Lydia Saad
"With thousands of undocumented immigrant minors crossing the nation's southern border in recent months, the percentage of Americans citing
immigration as the top problem has surged to 17% this month, up from 5%
in June, and the highest seen since 2006. As a result, immigration now
virtually ties "dissatisfaction with government," at 16%, as the primary
issue Americans think of when asked to name the country's top problem....
Signaling that public mentions of immigration today could be stemming
more from concern about illegal immigration than from support for
immigration reform, mentions of the issue are significantly higher among
Republicans (23%) than Democrats (11%). Gallup polling earlier this year
showed Republicans with a preference for focusing on sealing the
border, while Democrats prioritized addressing the status of illegal
immigrants already here.
Additionally, older Americans are more likely than those younger than
50 to name immigration as the top issue. Regionally, concern is highest
in the West. See the table on page 2 for details....
7/17/14, "Border Chaos Changes Election Year Politics," Ross Kaminsky, American Spectator
"In a Gallup poll
released Tuesday, the percentage of Americans who say that immigration
is the nation’s most important problem reached 17 percent, the highest
level in eight years and the second-highest ever recorded by that
Border security and immigration didn’t suddenly
become three or four times as important as it was just a month ago. It’s
just that the symptom has alerted people to the disease of a lawless
situation encouraged by a lawless president and an ineffective
As Gallup notes a dramatic jump in the number of Americans who see
immigration and illegal aliens as the country’s most important problem,
much of the increase comes among Republicans and older voters, namely
those most likely to cast a ballot in November.
Gallup also points
out that Republicans and Democrats are tied in the public perception of
which party is likely to do a better job handling the most important
problem (whatever that is for the particular person being asked).
Historically, this suggests a strong showing for Republicans in the
Although the percentage who believe the parties
are equally (in)capable of dealing with the issue (or who had no
opinion) reached a record high of 29 percent, an overall decline in
belief in the competence of government should also benefit the GOP with
Democrats perceived, perhaps more than at any point during my lifetime,
as the party of unlimited government. How much things have changed since
Bill Clinton uttered, even if insincerely, “We know big government does not have all the answers.…The era of big government is over.”"...via Lucianne