INDIANAPOLIS | Nearly 7 out of 10 Hoosiers support the immigration reform legislation making its way through the U.S. Senate, according to a new poll released Thursday.
The June 4-6 automated telephone survey of 509 likely Indiana voters by the Republican firm Harper Polling found 35 percent strongly support the bipartisan plan to secure the nation's borders, bar employers from hiring undocumented workers and create a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million long-term U.S. residents lacking legal status.
An additional 34 percent said they somewhat support the plan. Just 22 percent said they somewhat or strongly oppose the legislation.
The poll has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.34 percent. It was sponsored by the Alliance for Citizenship, Partnership for a New American Economy and Republicans for Immigration Reform, three organizations backing the Senate plan.
"The results of this statewide poll should be yet another indication to our elected officials in Washington that their constituents want, and are ready for, a real and lasting solution to mend our broken immigration system," said Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, a Democrat. "Comprehensive immigration reform is one of the rare issues that is both good politics and good policy."
More than 90 percent of Hoosiers agreed it's important the U.S. fix its immigration system this year, the poll found. By a wide margin, 47 percent to 29 percent, Hoosiers said they'd be more likely to vote for an elected official who supports the legislation.
The immigration proposal cleared a key Senate hurdle Tuesday, 82-15, with U.S. Sens. Dan Coats, R-Ind., and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., both agreeing the full chamber should consider amendments and set the matter for a final vote.
Any measure ultimately approved by the Democratic-controlled Senate is likely to undergo significant changes in the Republican-controlled House.