Immigration Poll

ODS: Most Americans Support Obama’s Immigration Policy If You Don’t Use His Name

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

There was a time when the only way you could convince a majority of people to say they like Obamacare is if you called it anything but "Obamacare."

People afflicted by Obama Derangement Syndrome (ODS) apparently have similar feelings about the president's immigration policy. A new Reuster/IPSOS poll shows a large majority of Americans support leniency as long as you don't tell them President Obama signed it.

The poll shows 61 percent of Americans support the plan to relax immigration policy for some undocumented people when it is described in general terms without using Obama's name, including 42 percent of Republicans. Half of Republicans opposed the idea.

But when the same plan was described as being an executive action taken by Obama, support fell to 54 percent overall, with only 31 percent of Republicans supporting it and 62 percent opposing the measures.

Interestingly, Democrats show a slightly higher level of support if you attach the president's name to it.

For Democrats, 78 percent supported the plan when it was described without using Obama's name, and 80 percent supported it when the president's name was attached to it.

Until the time comes it's anyone's guess if we will see a similar dynamic play out under the next president who will almost certainly be white, but I'd say it's a safe bet we will not.

  • muselet

    Most people don’t bother with details of public policy, but rather use the name of who’s behind a policy as a proxy for thinking.

    Most of Barack Obama’s actual policies are pretty popular, when those policies are outlined to people, but he’s not popular with conservative and R (perhaps an arbitrary distinction) voters. Attaching his name automatically makes them hate the policy, even if they like what the policy is. (Ds and liberals, just to be fair, also use names to decide what policies they like, but seemingly to a lesser degree.)

    As long as Rs believe no D President is legitimate, we’ll see the same dynamic any time a D is elected.

    –alopecia

    • Victor the Crab

      As long as Rs and dumbass Berniebums believe no D President is legitimate, we’ll see the same dynamic any time a D is elected.

      FFA. 😉 😀