NBC News Pushes a Push Poll on Immigration

A new NBC News poll purports to show that people in the South – generally considered to be the most conservative region of the country – are all-in for amnesty. “While Trump’s hardline policies on illegal immigration may appeal to his base, Southerners are in line with the rest of the country on the question of whether undocumented immigrants in the U.S. should be offered a chance to apply for legal status,” states the NBC report.

Except, the poll doesn’t really show that Southerners, or the rest of the country, is really in support of mass amnesty. (Nor is there any substantiation of the assertion that Trump’s policies are “hardline,” but that’s another matter.) What the poll actually shows is that people don’t think mass deportation is the preferred, or exclusive, remedy for dealing with illegal immigration.

The NBC poll, like virtually all polls purporting to show support for amnesty, offers respondents only two choices for address illegal immigration: Amnesty or deportation. Just in case that very limited menu wasn’t not enough to elicit the response the pollsters were looking for, the terminology of the options was carefully chosen. Respondents are asked if “undocumented” immigrants should be “offered a chance for legal status,” or whether they should be “deported to the country they came from.”

Do you want to offer people a chance, or do you want to unceremoniously kick them out? Would you prefer filet mignon, or leftover meatloaf?

NBC News opines that the political views of people in the South are “more nuanced than many might expect.” Ironically, the ability of NBC News to frame poll questions turns out be much less nuanced than one might expect. If NBC really wanted to gauge how people think the nation should address illegal immigration, their pollsters should have given respondents a fuller – dare we say, nuanced – menu of options. But, of course, that was never really NBC’s goal.

Interestingly, NBC News employed the services of the firm Survey Monkey to conduct this poll. Judging by the questions they asked, one has to wonder if an actual monkey could have done a better job.

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Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.


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  2. avatar
    Karl Fridrich on

    The illegals that jump the border are still illegal when they gain entry to the US. They must be arrested. They are as illegal when they are caught as when they are not. Nation wide arrest of illegals entrants to US must begin! I agree with the above eight and more. DAD-24: Detect .Arrest,Deport. Deport in 24 hours of arrest. KICK ‘EM OUT!

  3. avatar

    We need all illegal aliens deported with their families and their parents should never be allowed back into the United States again no amnesty no citizenship no reward for breaking our immigration laws, better yet in force our laws

  4. avatar

    Immigration reform demands action on several fronts:
    1) Build the Wall
    2) End Catch and Release
    3) Deploy National Guard and/or regular Military to block entry
    4) Reform H1-B Visas for Technical workers who take American jobs
    5) Reform Immigration to emphasize workers with language & job skills that benefit the United States
    6) Tent Camps in the desert for holding ILLEGAL MEXICANS & CENTRAL AMERICANS who jump the border
    7) Deportation
    8) Withholding ALL welfare benefits.
    YES, that’s what we need.