On the heels of President Barack Obama's progressive inaugural speech, a new CNN/ORC poll found that Americans support the President's plans of including a path to citizenship in immigration reform, but are split on the issue of climate change.
The poll of more than 800 Americans, which was conducted on January 14 and January 15 via telephone, found that 53 percent of respondents think the federal government should provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in their immigration reform efforts as opposed to deportation; 43 percent opted for the latter. These numbers indicate a switch in mentality from 2011, when a poll found that 55 percent of American respondents said that U.S. immigration reform policy should focus on deportation and preventing more undocumented immigrants from coming to the country.
The latest findings indicate a generational and partisan split on how those polled responded on the issue of immigration reform, with self-identified Republicans and those 50 and older saying that the government should focus on securing the borders and deportation.
When it comes to the issue of climate change, Obama said the following yesterday in his inaugural speech: "We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms. The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it."
But those polled by CNN and ORC earlier this month were divided on whether climate change is an issue that needs to be addressed by the federal government. Forty-nine percent of respondents said climate change is real and a man-made problem due to things like carbon emissions. That is more than two times the amount of respondents who said global warming has not been proven, but 24 percent of those polled said global warming, while real, is not a man-made problem. When compared to a 2007 poll, the 49 percent figure is down by seven points.