Partisanship in Everything: Public Opinion about Immigration

Sep 24 '12

Bill Bishop reports on a new poll of voters living in rural areas in the swing states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.  The poll contained the experiment depicted above, which confronted voters with two different positions on immigration, but varied whether those positions were attributed to the Democratic and Republican parties or had no party labels attached.  The result:

bq. Republican-leaning rural voters supported the Republican position when it was labeled “Republican.” When the same position was asked without any partisan label, its support dropped 10 percentage points.

bq. That’s the power of partisanship in today’s politics.