- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 31, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The nation is keenly interested in the immigration issue; Americans consider it a serious matter, say it is personally important to them - and a majority disapprove of the White House role in it all.

Many analysts say immigration itself could sway the midterm elections in favor of the Republican Party, citing opinion surveys that suggest voters tend to side with the GOP when it comes to the toll unchecked immigration could take on the country.

Here’s more numbers, these from a new Associated Press poll:

89 percent of Americans say illegal immigration is a serious problem for the U.S.

85 percent say immigration as an issue is personally important to them.

68 percent disapprove of the way President Obama has dealt with immigration.

53 percent say the U.S. does not have a moral obligation to offer asylum to those fleeing violence or persecution; 44 percent say the U.S. does have an obligation.

51 percent favor a legal way for illegal immigrant already in the U.S. to become citizens; 46 percent oppose the idea.

29 percent trust the Republicans party to deal with immigration; 25 percent trust the Democratic Party; 29 percent trust neither and 16 percent trust both.

Source: An AP-GFK poll of 1,044 U.S. adults conducted July 24-28.

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