I’m For It. Oh, Obama’s For It Too? Then I’m Against It

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Undocumented Mexican immigrants walk through the Sonoran Desert after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in this file photo in Arizona.

A Washington Post poll out today finds that 70 percent of U.S. adults support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. That is, unless they’re told that President Barack Obama backs it. Then the percentage favoring such a move drops to 59 percent, and the figures for those in opposition grows from 27 percent to 35 percent.

On some other issues, the president’s support is a good thing, the poll shows. While 45 percent support a ban on assault weapons, the number increases to 54 percent when respondents are told that the president backs such a prohibition. Opposition to the ban declines to 42 percent from 49 percent..

Told that Obama supports policies to address climate change, the percentage of those in favor of such efforts remains virtually unchanged, rising to 51 percent from 50 percent. Opposition declines to 32 percent from 36 percent.

The survey of 1,775 adults was taken Jan. 31-Feb. 10 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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