A recent nationwide poll revealed that a majority of Democratic voters (54 percent) believe that the 12 million illegal aliens living in the United States should be given the right to vote in elections.
“A majority of 54 percent of Democrats said illegal aliens in the U.S. should be given the right to vote, so long as they pay taxes – [even though] illegal aliens paying taxes ensures the identity theft of Americans,” Breitbart News announced from a new Rasmussen Reports poll. “Likewise, 53 percent of self-described liberal voters said they, too, support giving the 12 million illegal aliens in the U.S. the right to vote.”
However, this sentiment was not echoed by most Americans, in general.
“While the majority of Democrats support illegal aliens having the right to vote, the plan is very unpopular with American voters overall,” Breitbart’s John Binder reported from the poll. “Nearly 60 percent of voters said illegal aliens should not be given voting rights.”
A few years ago during the Obama administrtion, registered American voters felt virtually the same about the issue concerning illegals an voting.
“One-out-of-three ‘Likely U.S. Voters’ (35 percent) … believes that illegal immigrants should be allowed to vote if they can prove they live in this country and pay taxes,” Rasmussen Reports divulged in May 2015. “Sixty percent (60 percent) disagree, while 5 percent are undecided.”
Breaking it down by political parties in that poll, more than two-and-a-half times the number of Democrats want to give illegals the right to vote than Republicans.
“Fifty-three percent (53 percent) of Democrats think tax-paying illegal immigrants should have the right to vote,” Rasmussen’s May 2015 poll revealed. “Twenty-one percent (21 percent) of Republicans and 30 percent of voters not affiliated with either major political party agree.”
Turning elections upside-down for Dems
With an overwhelming majority of Republicans and other conservatives strongly rejecting the idea of illegal immigrants voting, Democrats realize that giving them such a right will sway many local and national elections in their favor.
“Giving the illegal alien population the right to vote would almost ensure Democrat dominance in statewide and national elections, as foreign populations are vastly more likely to favor Democrats over Republicans,” Binder stressed. “[D]istricts with booming foreign-born populations have become Democrat strongholds, and the country’s legal immigration system is set to import at least 8 million new foreign-born voters in the next two decades.”
General election voting rights for illegals on the near horizon?
Giving illegal immigrants the right to vote in local elections is rejected by the majority of voters nationwide – but supported by Democrats – and it was recently found that in liberal strongholds such as San Francisco, California, the idea of letting illegals vote on issues in education has already been embraced.
“Most voters nationwide oppose letting illegal immigrants vote in local elections, but Democrats are receptive to it,” Rasmussen Reports explained. “San Francisco is allowing non-citizen parents and guardians of children – including illegal immigrants – to vote in the upcoming school board elections.”
Late last month, the City by the Bay – which proudly declares itself a “sanctuary city” to provide a safe harbor for illegal aliens running from the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to evade facing the law and possible deportation – took the first step toward letting illegals vote in state and general elections.
“San Francisco … began allowing undocumented immigrants to register to vote in school board races – following a handful of other municipalities that have opened up local elections to noncitizens,” NBC News reported last month. “Only U.S. citizens can vote in federal and state elections – both in San Francisco and around the country – but there are some places that have carved out a role for noncitizens in local races.”
This new measure has become a hot-button issue for California’s upcoming gubernatorial race, as the Republican candidate, Adam Putnam, strongly condemned both San Francisco and Takoma Park, Maryland, for “allowing illegals to vote” in a tweet last month, which reflected his take on the topic last year.
"The right to vote should not be allowed or practiced by anyone who was not born in our country or who has not taken the necessary, legally required steps to become a citizen of our nation,” Putnam argued in an op-ed he wrote in September. "This right is too precious to grant to those who have not earned it."
But San Francisco is not the pioneer when it comes to letting illegal aliens vote, as this practice has already taken effect on the East Coast and in America’s mid-section.
“Cities like Chicago, Illinois, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, also allow non-citizens to vote in regional elections,” Binder noted.
San Francisco not an accurate barometer on voting rights, illegals
A nationwide poll conducted on more than a thousand registered voters between July 21 and 22 shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans strongly disagree with San Francisco’s decision to give illegal aliens the right to vote in school board elections.
“Seventy-one (71) percent of respondents opposed San Francisco's decision, while only 29 percent said they supported the move,” The Hill reported from its joint Hill.TV/Harris X polling company poll. “Ninety-one (91) percent of Republicans polled said they opposed giving the right to vote to noncitizens, as did 54 percent of Democrats, [while] 70 percent of independents said they were also in opposition to the decision.”
Pollsters found that when they switched the terminology used in the polling from “non-U.S. citizens” to “illegal immigrants,” the results were virtually identical.
“Sixty-nine (69) percent of Americans said they opposed the measure, while only 31 percent said they supported the measure,” the report from The Hill added. “When asked the question with the term ‘illegal immigrant,’ 91 percent of Republicans said they opposed giving them voter rights, while 55 percent of Democrats also said they disagreed with the move, [and] 65 percent of Democrats also said they were against the measure.”
Republican pollster Jim McLaughlin said the numbers from the poll are a clear indication that Americans have not evolved as far left as many have in liberal hotbeds such as San Francisco, Boston and Chicago.
"It makes perfect sense, and that's what we've seen in polling on this issue, where even Republicans, obviously, overwhelmingly oppose it,” McLaughlin explained to Hill.TV’s Joe Concha on his What America’s Thinking program. “But even Democrats think it's a bad idea, and independents think it's a really, really bad idea."