In a survey of likely Ohio voters conducted on April 24th that focused mostly on the U.S. Senate race, there are some interesting tidbits on immigration buried in the results. From the summary:
Ohioans are more closely divided than voters in other states over whether illegal aliens should be forced to leave. Forty percent (40%) say Yes, 43% say No, and 17% are Not Sure. Still, a majority of Ohio’s likely voters, 56%, say that our policy goal should generally be to welcome immigrants who are not criminals, security threats, or exploiters of welfare programs. DeWine wins a plurality of voters who agree with that sentiment.
By a smaller margin DeWine also wins a plurality of the larger number of likely voters (76%) who say controlling the borders and enforcing existing immigration law should be accomplished before any further reform.
The telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports April 19, 2006. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points at the midpoint with a 95% level of confidence.
Clearly these are reliable results, especially on border control & enforcement. 76% is nothing to sneeze at, so U.S. Senate and U.S. House candidates should take note.