Voters think President Obama is doing a poor job handling the latest immigration crisis and believe he wants to let most of the new illegal immigrants stay here despite majority support for their quick deportation.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of 1,000 likely U.S. voters finds that 54 percent want the U.S. government to send these new illegal immigrant children home as quickly as possible. Thirty-six percent think instead that the government should process them more slowly to determine whether any should be allowed to stay in the United States. Ten percent are undecided.
This marks a slight increase in favor of quick deportation from earlier this month.
However, only 22 percent believe the president is interested in doing what most voters want — sending most of these new illegal immigrants home. Fifty-four percent believe he is more interested in letting most of them stay in the United States. One-in-four voters (24 percent) aren’t sure what Obama has in mind.
Among voters who favor quick deportation, 63 percent believe the president is more interested in letting most of these illegals stay in the United States.
Just 22 percent of all polls’ voters now rate the Obama administration’s handling of this latest immigration crisis as good or excellent. Over half (53 percent) think the administration is doing a poor job in this area.
But then 46 percent believe the administration through its statements and policies has encouraged this wave of thousands of illegal immigrant children in recent weeks. Thirty-one percent (31 percent) disagree, but 23 percent more are not sure.