- The Washington Times - Monday, September 15, 2014

Nearly two-thirds of likely voters in key U.S. House and Senate races disapprove of how President Obama is handling the immigration issue, with a narrow plurality favoring the Republican party over the Democrats.

Sixty-four percent disapprove of how Mr. Obama is handling immigration, a new Politico poll said. Thirty-four percent trust the Republican party more to handle the issue and 31 percent say they trust Democrats more.

Mr. Obama announced earlier this month he would put off taking unilateral action to halt deportations until after the November elections, which disappointed immigrant rights groups but in the near term could help several vulnerable Democrats who feared such a move from the president might doom their campaigns.

As for the influx of unaccompanied minors across the southern border, 49 percent say the children should be deported after the appropriate judicial hearings and 29 percent support having them stay in the country.

Two-thirds say they support “comprehensive immigration reform,” with 51 percent supporting an eventual pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants living in the United States.

Three-quarters say comprehensive immigration reform is “very” or “somewhat” important in determining which candidate they will support in November.

The Politico poll of 917 likely voters in competitive House and Senate races designed by SocialSphere and conducted by GfK from Aug. 29-Sept. 7 has an overall margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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