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From Gallup:

Immigration Surges to Top of Most Important Problem List

JULY 18, 2018

by Frank Newport

- 22% in July say immigration is the nation’s most important problem
- Previous high was 19% naming immigration in April 2006
- Over a third of Republicans say immigration is top problem

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Immigration has risen to the top of the list when Americans are asked to name the most important problem facing the nation — edging out the government, which has been the top issue each month since January 2017. The 22% of Americans in July who say immigration is the top problem is up from 14% in June and is the highest percentage naming that issue in Gallup’s history of asking the “most important problem” question. The previous high had been 19%.

Cue Respectable Pundits scoffing that it’s totally irresponsible for voters to be concerned about immigration instead of much more long term issues such as Trump needing a drink of water during an appearance. From the New York Times:

Trump Drinks Water. Twitter Erupts.

As everybody knows, the immigration problem was solved once and for all last month, or a couple of years ago, or in 2008, or sometime. Besides, it’s racist to call it the Immigration “Problem” instead of the Immigration Opportunity. And, there’s something problematic about the word “immigrant,” when a more neutral, objective term for these people who chose to come to our benighted land of racism to make our lives more vibrant and magical ought to be “Our Lords and Saviors.”

 
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  1. Tiny Duck says:

    A more accurate statement would be

    “white men afraid of losing there primacy and privilege fear immigration and changing demographics”

    Leonard Pitts has covered this topic many times. I suggest you read him

    In regards to Trump: it is now almost proven that Russia colluded with him to steal the election. He will be impeached within 2 months and we will finally deal with Russia

  2. Americans are simply appalled by the effects of uncontrolled immigration on Europe. Hard to blame them, wouldn’t you say?

  3. Barnard says:

    I wonder if some of this change is from progressives wanting more illegal immigration/open borders listing immigration as a top concern. Only 7% said racism was their top concern, which seems low considered the volume level from the left on it. World War T didn’t even make the 3% threshold to qualify for the list.

    • Replies: @ChrisZ
    , @AnotherDad
  4. Rob McX says:

    The 22% of Americans in July who say immigration is the top problem is up from 14% in June and is the highest percentage naming that issue in Gallup’s history of asking the “most important problem” question.

    Good news. Something is changing. Also I hope Europe follows the example of countries like Hungary and wakes up.

  5. Assuming these polls are really accurate (but they’re not), I wonder how well any significant fluctuations in this value would follow the big pushes from the gangs of 8 for amnesty, followed by some serious pressure from constituents, and then the subsequent mouthing-offs from the Bushes, McCains etc, about “yeah, this time we will build a wall/secure the border/etc.” and then … nada. It should have about a 4 or 6 year wavelength. This time, however, I think this number will only go up, up, up. Real Americans are starting to get pissed and stay pissed.

    • Replies: @ChrisZ
  6. ChrisZ says:

    You did this, Steve. Congratulations.

    There are other voices, of course. Krikorian, Coulter, Derb, Trump. In my case Hanson’s “Mexifornia” is what first awakened me. But you’ve been the day-in, day-out teacher. As I’ve said before, there’s an education to be had in this forum.

    • Agree: Dan Hayes
    • LOL: Jack Hanson
    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Anonymous
  7. ChrisZ says:
    @Barnard

    Probably true, Barnard. But the point is that this issue, which was verboten by mutual design of both political parties and some of the wealthiest people in the world, is now an active concern and open for general discussion. Nobody who “matters” wanted or expected that—but it’s happened.

    • Replies: @JudyBlumeSussman
  8. Berty says:

    It’ll will only matter if the GOP makes it their top election issue. So far they’ve shied away from it.

    • Replies: @MBlanc46
  9. Flip says:

    I’ve been noticing enormous immigration from India in the Chicago area. I assume other big cities have this as well. How do they qualify for immigrant status? I don’t think they are all H-1B visa holders. Is it chain immigration via family members?

    • Replies: @Anon
  10. ChrisZ says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Achmed, I feel it’s the simplicity of the Wall that has made the issue vivid for greater numbers of people.

    For me, even before I awakened to immigration as a concern, the opposition’s feeble reservations about it, their excuses about why it couldn’t be built, were such transparent lies that it just got me fed up. I reacted as I earlier had to the Big Lies supporting abortion or Communism: I sensed that the arguments against the Wall were just a mask for crude and pernicious self interest. And that only made me want to see the Wall realized, if only out of spite.

    Later I became educated via this forum and others. And when Trump made his announcement three years ago, I was primed to hear it. But the Wall was my “doorway”—ironically, I guess—onto seeing immigration as a top concern.

  11. Jeffrey S. says: • Website
    @Tiny Duck

    I know I shouldn’t feed the trolls, but I just want everyone to note today’s date — July 18, 2018.

    So when September 18, 2018 rolls around and there is no impeachment and no indictment from Mueller we can all laugh at small water fowl.

  12. I bet Democrats are really, really against immigration right now. From Russia.

  13. GOP donors and greedy hogs in the GOP Cheap Labor Faction will bribe many GOP politicians from using the immigration issue to win votes.

    Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell are donor-controlled politicians who support mass immigration and amnesty for illegal aliens. McConnell didn’t do much to stop the open borders Republicans in the US Senate who voted for the Rubio-Obama Mass Immigration Surge/Illegal Alien Amnesty bill(S 744) in June of 2013.

    That bill(S 744) would have doubled or tripled legal immigration and it would have given amnesty to upwards of 30 million illegal alien invaders.

  14. Anon[328] • Disclaimer says:

    Mass Invasion

  15. donut says:

    “Gallup: Americans (Especially Republicans) See Immigration as Top Problem.”

    Fookin’ A !

  16. @Tiny Duck

    [W]e will finally deal with Russia

    Who’s “we” Kemosabe?

  17. @Tiny Duck

    The possessive is “their”, Tiny Dick, not “there.” Product of a government school, no doubt.

    Also, “in regards to” is ungrammatical, but poorly educated and/or unintelligent people think that it makes them sound sophisticated. Not referring to anyone we know, of course.

    But at least you failed to adduce any evidence that “it is now almost proven that Russia colluded with him . . .. ” If by “almost proven” you mean “not proven”, then yes.

    • Replies: @AnotherDad
    , @Simon
  18. So it’s risen from 19% to 22% in twelve years. That means we’ll have a national consensus to save our country by, oh, 2120.

    Or even later; some of that 22% is people who are outraged over the separating-families flap.

    • Replies: @AnotherDad
  19. @Barnard

    I wonder if some of this change is from progressives wanting more illegal immigration/open borders listing immigration as a top concern.

    All of it is this–but not all of it way you mean.

    If you look at the graph the Democrat share citing immigration as top issue has indeed risen as to 17%.

    But even more sharply rising is the Republican line–to 35%–as the left’s clamor for Open Borders has been ringing out.

    However there’s a huge caveat here. The left\Democrats\Jews have been freely venting their anti-white hatreds and yelling “Nazi” at anyone who wants to take even the tiniest baby steps to preserve the character of their white\Western nation … and only 35% of Republicans call immigration the top issue!

    WTF? Seriously, what do they have to do? Have us wear a white square? Order us down to the train station? Make us get in the boxcar?

    • Agree: Travis
  20. @RadicalCenter

    RC, why are you messing with the Duck?

    After a sloppy post or two the last few days … he’s back! This one is pitch perfect.

    • Replies: @Alfa158
  21. Anon[332] • Disclaimer says:
    @Flip

    Indians seem to be the replacement for Jews in the coalition of the fringes. They seem to be natural sjws . I guess the left thinks blacks and browns will more readily take orders from the slightly darker(than Jews) Brahmins. How much lower on the lefts totem pole can blacks be kicked down ? They are now behind : Muslims , gays , transsexuals, Mexicans and soon Indians.

    Check out this anti trump brahmin sjw running for congress. He looks like Michael Imperrioli …sp…

    https://vimeo.com/user68028287/review/279351567/9d1606dd50

    • Replies: @Brutusale
  22. @International Jew

    So it’s risen from 19% to 22% in twelve years. That means we’ll have a national consensus to save our country by, oh, 2120.

    IJ, i share the frustration, given the insanity spewing from your Jewish brethern in the establishment communitariant and the open Open Borders clamor seeing Republicans at 35% is … depressing.

    However, to be fair, that 19% was at the peak of the amnesty agitation with OpenBorders Bush in the White House ready to sign. It was a the peakest peak of immigration concern ever–until this month.

  23. Anon[332] • Disclaimer says:
    @Tiny Duck

    I haven’t seen “fish” post lately , anyone mind if I try one ?

    He will be impeached within 2 months and we will finally deal with Russia

    Oh Tinys, Trump does be gon get peached soon , dats fo sho . You sho nuff gon get peached too , Tinys. You finta be mines little peach , ifin you knows what I means.

    ~Lendurp ( da peach man ) pitzzzzzz

    • LOL: Corn
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Boethiuss
  24. Simon says:
    @RadicalCenter

    RC, I totally approve of your Duck hunt. But since you’re dispensing orthographic advice, let me point out that in the U.S., commas (like periods) precede closing quotation marks.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  25. Anon[188] • Disclaimer says:
    @ChrisZ

    Kaus probably deserves mention among those others.

    As an aside, there’s no room for complacency–this isn’t over yet.

    • Replies: @ChrisZ
  26. As Ann Coulter says, immigration is the only thing that matters.

  27. @Tiny Duck

    You have a room temp IQ.
    Your soul is filth.
    When you die you will go to hell.

  28. ‘…And, there’s something problematic about the word “immigrant,” …’

    Rather than ‘immigrants,’ I always liked ‘migrants.’ It suggests they’re making some time-honored, annual passage — like storks or something.

    There’s also the happy suggestion that while they’ve flown north now, they’ll fly back south again in the fall. Just relax. There’s no problem. They’ll go away.

  29. @Tiny Duck

    ‘…In regards to Trump: it is now almost proven that Russia colluded with him to steal the election. He will be impeached within 2 months and we will finally deal with Russia…’

    It always strikes me as naked hypocrisy that the Left, after preaching coexistence and toleration for Russia right through the decades of Stalinist bestiality and genuine nuclear threat — i.e. for more than half a century — has suddenly discovered the evil that lurks in the East.

    …and this when Russia is at worse a nuisance rather than a genuinely dangerous foe. I mean seriously. Modern Russia is a threat to Poland. She’s not a threat to us. She’s an entity to be treated with care and consideration — but for all that, not on the verge of occupying Disney World. Red Dawn just isn’t in the cards any more.

    So just when — at long last — Russia really isn’t a threat to life as we know it, why the sudden reversal? What could it be?

    • Replies: @Corn
  30. @Tiny Duck

    ‘…In regards to Trump: it is now almost proven that Russia colluded with him to steal the election. He will be impeached within 2 months and we will finally deal with Russia…’

    By ‘impeached’ you mean actually convicted by the Senate, and for that, you need a two-thirds majority — i.e., no more than thirty three senators can vote to acquit.

    That isn’t going to happen — no matter how much people in the big cities hate Trump. Regardless of their convictions, for at least half those in the Senate voting to convict Trump would be a political suicide note. Ergo, Trump could conceivably be impeached — although I doubt it — but he would never be convicted. Why people waste time pursuing this political impossibility is a mystery to me.

  31. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @ChrisZ

    BTW, if you didn’t catch Miss Coulter today, make haste. As usual, she’s thinking outside the box, coming up with a brilliant angle, and serving it up in her characteristically sardonic style.

    Ann Coulter: Putin Is Killing Millions of Americans!

  32. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    Decent work! Even imitation fish is better than no fish at all.

  33. Alfa158 says:
    @AnotherDad

    The malapropism is a deliberate signal that he is doing a parody of a brain dead leftist POC. His handle tiny duck( i.e. tiny dick) was a dead giveaway from the start. What I’ve been doing is coaching him on how to try to improve his game and to make them slyly humorous. For example, I advised him to insert only one goof in each post instead of overplaying it by garbling long strings, and to keep the posts short.
    He also used to give mixed signals on his persona, posing at different times as a gay White Man, female of color, or liberal straight White school teacher. I suggested that to be a better parodist he needs to build the image of particular person, then inhabit that character like a method actor when posting. My pick would be the persona of a POC with moderate to low IQ, which made him a genius by ethnic standards, but who then became traumatized when he went into the wide world and discovered he was a mediocrity. This character is now someone who is unemployed, has a mild substance abuse problem, and haunts the web from public wi-fi servers on his Obama “sailfoam”, then furiously pecks out his responses . He seems to be picking up on that and improving his posts.
    I have a new idea for further sharpening the focus of the image of the person he is presenting. He should picture his tiny dick character as Dick Gregory during his shaggy beard period, typing out his posts while wearing fingerless gloves.

  34. @ChrisZ

    this issue, which was verboten by mutual design of both political parties and some of the wealthiest people in the world, is now an active concern and open for general discussion

    Have to admit that the future looks like a bit better, in terms of the political terms of debate. The facts on the ground are as grim as ever, and may be accelerating downhill.

    Oh, and Bari Weiss is an old person’s idea of a young person.

  35. Boethiuss says:

    Yeah, immigration is important but I think the overall run of play is working against the “Qaffleball Caucus” that you see here most of the time.

    Trump has lost a little bit of steam over the past few weeks. It doesn’t necessarily seem like the losses are that big but he started in a big hole and doesn’t have a lot of room to spare.

    During that period the narrative has been dominated by family separation at the southern border and the Helsinki meeting with Putin, both of which at least superficially are regarded as public relations disasters.

    For the former, there was the idea that at least the Administration showed they were serious about dealing with immigration, and if you believe the likes of this Gallup poll at the top of this post, this ought to bounce back in Trump’s favor.

    And I don’t think think people care much about the substance of hyperventilations of the MSM and other parties about Russia, but he does talk like an ignorant, which is never good.

    The upshot is, I am sympathetic to immigration restrictions in America, like most of the commenters here I’d gather. But we’re fooling ourselves to think that just because we think everything else is Qaffleball, the rest of America does too.

  36. Boethiuss says:
    @Anon

    ~Lendurp ( da peach man ) pitzzzzzz

    Fer Chrissakes if we have to feed the troll can’t we at least come up with a new trope once in forever?

  37. Immigration is the ‘top problem’ for almost everyone on earth.

  38. Hail says: • Website


    I don’t think the present poll is included, but this is a graph of some Gallup polling on immigration over the past fifty years. Note especially that “Immigration Should Be Increased” [bottom-most line] never rose above 10% until the 2000s, and then really increased in 2010s, consistently coming in around 25% in this decade.

    This trend must reflect the strength of Diversity Ideology, which some evidence suggests emerged victorious, nationally, in the 2000s (certainly earlier in certain places) and was solidified in the 2010s, so that by the 2010s even the ideological stragglers and the thickest of us knew the Right Attitude is ‘more immigration.’

    The first time this set of polling ever clocked-in an Immigrtion Should Be Increased result above 10% was with the polling conducted Sep 11-13, 2000 (at 13%). Poetically, that poll began exactly one year before 9/11. (Two polls in spring/summer 2001 found 12%/avg. support for Immigration Should Be Increased). Then 9/11 happened. Polling conducted Oct 19-21, 2001, saw the “Should Be Increased” share fall to 8% and “Should be Decreased” soar. Within a year, Increased had recovered and more. For the rest of the 2000s, it settled in at around 15%, and in the 2010s has been fairly consistently around 25%.

    • Replies: @Wilkey
  39. ChrisZ says:
    @Anon

    Both points are unquestionably true, Anon. Thanks for additions.

  40. Too bad Republican politicians don’t see it that way. Republican/Democrat is a trick folks.
    Both serve the same master, same agenda. They only see money/bribes. None of them could give a spit about you. Stop voting for them. Let them lose.

    GOP Blocks Georgia Immigration Enforcement Bill, But OKs Traffic Cameras

    https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/04/15/gop-blocks-georgia-immigration-enforcement-bill/

    The Republican Speaker of the Georgia House blocked a bill that would help deport criminal illegal aliens, but he pushed through a last-minute bill touted by his lobbyist son, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

  41. Tulip says:

    There is a pretty fascinating pattern in American history:

    1.) Immigration goes up.

    2.) Nativism becomes a serious political force to be reckoned with electorally.

    3.) Immigration goes down.

    4.) Nativist sentiments die out.

    If 2.) represents a chicken little moment, and 4.) is the outcome you want, then the only obvious policy option is 3.).

    Unfortunately, given the relative ease at which elites see fit the ignore popular opinion, they may just sit on the status quo, feeding the fires of nativism for so long that you get some kind of nationalist revolution and some more extreme policies than simple immigration restrictions.

    You would think the Ezra Klein’s of this world would pull their heads out of their asses and start talking about the need for reasonable and moderate immigration restrictions and humane but effective border controls (unlike those racist Republicans), but no, the head stays in the firmaments.

  42. TheOldOne says:

    Hey TD, you write:

    “white men afraid of losing there primacy and privilege fear immigration and changing demographics”

    I must be the only one here who realizes that TD can’t distinguish there from their; where are the educated folk we need so desperately?

    TD: back to sixth grade for you, sonny!

  43. Brutusale says:
    @Anon

    I prefer the guy running against Elizabeth Warren.

  44. Remember when The NY Times editorialized against amnesty in 2003 , when the GOP was attempting another amnesty bill because it would hurt the working class and be detrimental to blacks…

  45. Corn says:
    @Colin Wright

    “So just when — at long last — Russia really isn’t a threat to life as we know it, why the sudden reversal? What could it be?”

    Putin has little enthusiasm for homosexuality. Doesn’t that offend you good xir?

  46. @Tiny Duck

    Seven (and counting) responses to Tiny Duck. I’m number eight. This demonstrates what I have said before. Duck is a troll’s troll. A troll we can all be proud of.

  47. MBlanc46 says:
    @Berty

    Most Repubs dance to the tune of the employer class with its insatiable lust for cheap labor. They are never going to oppose mass immigration. We’ll have to do it without them.

    • Replies: @Flip
  48. Flip says:
    @MBlanc46

    That’s why we elected Trump and not Romney or McCain. How is Pence on immigration?

  49. Wilkey says:
    @Hail

    I always want to ask the people being polled if they have any idea what current immigration levels actually are. And obviously a big part of the reason the numbers supporting higher rates has gone up is the dramatic increase in the number of people with ethnic reasons to support higher immigration.

    From a political point of view there is little, if any, reason to think that support for open borders is a net positive for ones political prospects. Even politicians themselves basically admit that. We’ve seen lots of politicians run as pro-enforcement (Hatch, Rubio, Flake) and then reveal they were lying soon after. How many candidates lie about supporting open borders and then reveal themselves to be born again enforcers after they’re safely in office? Can’t think of even one. Of course lies on policy tend to go in the same direction. Policies voted on by Congress always end up being less stringent than they were presented to us.

  50. @Simon

    Ha! Fair enough.

    Have had this debate over the years and have elected to put comma after quotation mark. The rationale is that the quoted text did not have a comma. Everything within the quotation marks should be only the text quoted, with whatever punctuation marks it had.

    • Replies: @Mr. Rational
  51. @RadicalCenter

    This is one of the areas in which computer languages have influenced natural languages.  In a computer language, you put only the literal text operand within the quotes; everything regarding the syntax of the operators goes outside.

    I think this helps clarify matters somewhat in natural languages.  YMMV.

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