Updated at 11:20 am EST
As bipartisan groups of lawmakers in both the Senate and House craft proposals for revamping the nation’s immigration laws — including a potential path to citizenship for many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the U.S — a national survey shows support for the biggest initiative that President Barack Obama also is promoting.
A majority of those surveyed by ABC News and the Washington Post — 55 percent — favor the path to citizenship that is among the president’s goals and also backed by a group of eight Republican and Democratic senators preparing legislation. At the same time, several House members of both parties are working on a proposal, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia this week voiced support for a citizenship plan for at least the children of immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally.
Today, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio called the citizenship proposal for children “certainly worthy of consideration.”
The poll finds 41 percent in opposition to offering citizenship to any undocumented immigrants.
The White House and lawmakers alike are working on “comprehensive” plans that cover an array of issues involved in immigration. Chief among them, from the public’s point of view, is protecting the border– with 83 percent of those surveyed supporting stricter border control.
Overall support for the president’s handling of immigration is at a high point, Langer Research Associates notes in its report of its survey for ABC and the Post. More Americans approve of Obama’s overall handing of the issue than those who disapprove — by 49-43 percentage points. As recently as last summer, disapproval ran at 52 percent, approval 38 percent.
The survey of 1,038 adults conducted Jan. 30 – Feb. 3 carries a possible margin of error of 3.5 points.
See the full results of the immigration poll here.