WV Voters Side with Manchin Against Dems’ ‘Build Back Better;’ 68% of Hispanics Say It’d Encourage Illegal Immigration

Craig Bannister | November 22, 2021 | 3:29pm EST
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Voters in West Virginia, especially Hispanics, overwhelmingly side with their Democrat Senator Joe Manchin in opposing Democrats’ “Build Back Better” legislation – and they’re especially opposed to its provision granting amnesty and work permits to eight million more illegal immigrants, a new Rasmussen-Numbers USA survey finds.

In a survey of 1,077 West Virginia likely voters, conducted November conducted November 16 and 17, Rasmussen asked:

“In general, do you support or oppose the Build Back Better legislation?”

By a two-to-one margin, voters oppose (55%), rather than support (28%) the plan. Another 17% aren’t sure.

Sen. Joe Manchin
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The opposition is even greater among Hispanic voters in the state, by more than a three-to-one margin (71%-20%). Black (59%) and other non-white (71%) voters are also against “Build Back Better.”

And, when asked specifically about a provision granting “10-year amnesty for illegal immigrants in the Build Back Better Bill,” voters’ opposition is higher still.

Fully 63% say they either “oppose amnesty under any condition” (29%) or oppose it “until the border is under control” (34%). Just 17% support it in its current state, while 14% support it only if it includes provisions to stop future illegal immigration Six percent (6%) aren’t sure.

Seventy-four percent (74%) of Hispanic voters oppose amnesty either outright (34%) or until the border is under control (40%).

Sixty-four percent (64%) of all voters and 68% of Hispanic voters in the state say that the amnesty provision would “encourage more illegal crossings at the border.”

The amnesty provision wouldn’t just increase illegal immigration – it would also increase the likelihood that West Virginia’s voters would vote against a candidate for Congress who supported it, the survey finds.

Two-thirds (65%) of all voters – and three-quarters (74%) of Hispanic voters – say they’d be less likely to vote for a candidate who supported the amnesty measure.

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