DENVER – When Members of Congress leave Washington, DC for the August recess this week, they will return to an electorate that is evenly divided on the question of which political party they trust more to handle immigration, according to the results of a recent survey.
The poll showed a statistical tie, with 40 percent of respondents saying they trust Democrats more to handle the issue of immigration, and 39 percent saying they have more faith in the GOP. Another 21 percent said they were unsure.
But the survey results revealed a gender gap, with men saying they trusted Republicans more by a 44- 38 percent margin, and women giving an edge to Democrats, 43-35.
Respondents were also sharply divided along racial lines.
Black respondents expressed more trust in Democrats to handle the issue by a wide 76-2 percent margin, while white voters gave a 10-point edge to the GOP, 45-35. Those who did not identify themselves as either black or white gave Democrats a 41 -37 percent edge.
Age was also a factor in the poll, with a plurality of younger voters trusting Democrats more to handle the immigration issue, and Republicans earning higher marks from middle-aged and older voters.
Among those 18-39 years old, 49 percent said they had more trust in Democrats to handle immigration, compared to 31 percent who preferred the GOP. Republicans enjoyed an edge over Democrats on the question with those between 40 and 64 years of age (42 percent to 37), as well as voters over 65 years old (45 percent to 36).
A plurality of political independents –35 percent – said they trust Republicans more to handle immigration, more than the 30 percent who said they trusted Democrats, and equal to the 35 percent who said they were unsure.
The Rasmussen Reports national survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted between July 18 and July 19, and has a + / – 3 percentage point margin of error.
The Democrat-controlled Senate approved legislation in June that would legalize an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants, boost spending on border enforcement, and make sweeping changes to U.S. immigration law.
House Speaker John Boehner has indicated that the House may take up several separate immigration bills rather than holding an up-or-down vote on the far-reaching, 1,200-page Senate proposal.