POLL: Voters Overwhelmingly Support Senate Immigration Reform Bill

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An overwhelming majority of Americans support the Gang of Eight legislation for immigration reform, according to polls released Thursday by three pro-reform groups. The bill, which is currently being considered by the Senate, includes a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the US, as well as a plan for stronger border security.

The poll, conducted by the Partnership for a New American Economy, the Alliance for Citizenship, and Republicans for Immigration Reform, found that an average of 68 percent of voters support the bill. Some key states highlighted were Florida, South Carolina, and Texas.

In Florida, where some 825,000 undocumented immigrants reside, 72 percent of voters said they support the legislation and 45 percent strongly support it. In South Carolina, a state with 55,000 undocumented immigrants, 62 percent support the Gang of Eight bill. And in Texas, which has the highest ratio of undocumented immigrants of the three at 1.65 million, 67 percent said they could support the reform bill as described and 72 percent backed a pathway to citizenship.

Notably, some of the states with the highest support for the bill are represented by senators who voted not to even begin debate on it, including, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Mike Kirk (R-IL).

The legislation is due for another vote before July 4th and will then head to the House, where House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has said he believes it will pass by the end of the year.

Kirsten Gibson is an intern for ThinkProgress.