The 2016 presidential election utterly destroyed the aura of augury he’d enjoyed since 2012, but Nate Silver is learning. Via Steve, one of Silver’s recent posts is entitled “Trump’s Hardline Immigration Stance Got Him To The White House“.
He’s come along way from mocking Trump’s campaign as a gag on account of it detailing a position on just one issue, immigration.
Silver essentially argues now that while most people are ‘moderates’ on immigration, a contingent of mostly Republicans are vociferous restrictionists and they scare congress critters away from amnesty whenever it is attempted.
As for the part about restrictionism polling poorly, that’s an intended artifact crafted by the wording of the questions asked and the answers permitted. A couple of years ago Reuters-Ipsos conducted a refreshingly straightforward poll about whether all or most illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay or should be deported. The latter won by nearly 20 points overall and by 35 points among whites.
R-I also maintains a poll querying respondents on which issue from a list of twelve is most important to them. Healthcare and the economy always come out on top with polls like this. With that in mind, the following graph shows the percentages of Democrats, Republicans, independents, Clinton voters, and Trump voters who identify immigration as “the most important problem facing the US today” (n = 57,027):
There is a lot of overlap among Trump voters and Republicans and among Clinton voters and Democrats, of course. Among Democrats who voted for Trump, 10.0% chose immigration as the nation’s biggest problem! That’s where a lot of his crossover support came form. The issue really did put Trump into the White House.
The above comes to over 8 million Trump voters (current company included) who put the National Question ahead of the economy, healthcare, unemployment, terrorism, war, crime, morality, the environment, education, energy, or any other issue.
If one in every ten of those voters–800,000-plus, or more than one for every “Dreamer”–demand their congress critters oppose DACA amnesty, it will die a deserved legislative death. Make amnesty die again!