Polls: Most Republicans Nationwide Favor Path to Citizenship; Texas GOP Lags Behind

"Why are so many Republican politicians getting on board with immigration reform lately?  If a new study by the Public Religion Research Institute is any indication, it’s because their constituents are getting their back.  The poll by PRRI, a Brookings project, polled an unusually large number of people — 4,500 — in order to provide reliable statistics on individual demographics.  What it found was majority support for reform that includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants already in the country, even in traditionally conservative communities.  According to the poll 53 percent of Republicans favor a path to citizenship versus 71 percent of Democrats and 64 percent of independents." - TPMDC, Mar. 21, 2013.

"As leaders of the national Republican Party carry on a loud and contentious discussion of the party’s approach to immigration, the February 2013 University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll found most Republicans in Texas still opposed to comprehensive immigration reform that includes a “path to citizenship.”  Texans who identify with the Tea Party were especially strong in their rejection of comprehensive immigration reform, a dimension of public opinion in Texas that sheds light on U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s public skepticism toward some national Republicans’ talk about compromising with Democrats on the issue." - Texas Tribune, Mar. 21, 2013.