Poll highlights Democratic advantage on immigration

Poll highlights Democratic advantage on immigration
Poll highlights Democratic advantage on immigration

Gallup reports today on results the typical person probably could have guessed without looking: when it comes to Americans’ views on immigration, the public agrees with Democrats by a wide margin over Republicans. But the closer one looks, the more interesting the results become.

Broken down by race and ethnicity, African Americans (70% to 14%) and Hispanics (60% to 26%) heavily favor Democrats over the GOP, while among non-Hispanic whites, the parties are effectively tied, with the GOP enjoying a slight edge (42% to 41%). Then consider the same breakdown with age groups factored in:

Note that in every group, younger Americans side with Democrats, and this includes non-Hispanic whites under the age of 50. There’s only one group of folks that sides with Republicans: older white people.

It’s times like these when I’m reminded of this year-old quote from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.): “The demographics race we’re losing badly. We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.”

As the intra-party debate continues as to whether the GOP should remain a party focused almost exclusively on support from white voters, here’s hoping officials will keep polls like these in mind.

Update: It looks like Yglesias beat me to this one, though I hadn’t seen his post first. Honest.