ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Immigration reform has massive support among Missouri voters and three-fourths of them back a compromise bill currently in the U.S. Senate, according to a new poll released in St. Louis Thursday.

The poll, sponsored by the Alliance for Citizenship, Partnership for a New American Economy, and Republicans for Immigration Reform, found 86 percent of those asked back reform and 72 percent at least somewhat support the so-called “Gang of 8” bill.

International Institute President Anna Crosslin is impressed by the bipartisan support in Missouri for the bipartisan bill.

“The bulk of the individuals are either Republicans or independents who have, in fact, polled more negatively about some of those issues than others,” she said.

68 percent of respondents to the poll identified themselves as Republicans or Independents.

Regional Chamber President Joe Reagan says the numbers bear out what he hears from chamber members.

“There is a consensus around sensible, broad-based immigration reform that helps drive the economy,” he said.

Reagan says he hopes the poll sends a message to lawmakers “that the community and that voters are behind getting this done now.”

The poll surveyed 806 likely voters, 41 percent of whom identified themselves as Republican, 32 percent Democrat, and 27 percent Independent.


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