A new Washington Post/ABC News poll finds that President Barack Obama gets no bounce from his decision to offer a conditional administrative amnesty to some young illegal immigrants. He still runs even with Mitt Romney on immigration and his approval rating on the issue hasn’t budged.
In the Post’s key eight toss-up states — which include burgeoning Hispanic populations in Colorado, Florida and Nevada — Obama’s disapproval on immigration still tops 50 percent. And he does not enjoy any wider lead over Romney on the issue in those states than in any others.
Polls in specific swing states indicate that Obama’s shift on immigration policy, while widely popular, could be a net vote loser come November. More than twice as many voters said the policy made them less rather than more likely to support Obama in June Quinnipiac University polls in Ohio and Pennsylvania — despite the fact that over half of all voters in those states support the policy.
Contra the conventional wisdom, people who oppose amnesty can vote too and their votes count just as much.