Thursday, June 08, 2006

Poll Position (Finally)

Being such a hot-button topic, we were asked by quite a few people to leave our latest poll up in order to try and get a more-accurate reading of our regular viwers and their perception on the issue of immigration.

Well, it’s been up for quite a while now, so Scott and I have decided to (finally) take it down.

What a response this poll elicited, with close to 400 offering their varied thoughts on the matter.

To remind everyone, the question asked was “What would you like to see congress and the administration do regarding the issue of illegal aliens in the U.S.?”

The clear winner, with 32% of the vote, was to fine them, make them go through background checks and then make them wait six years to attain their citizenship. (Seems a tad harsh to me, but I can see where the people are coming from...)

The runner-up with 25% thought that since the immigrants are already here, and thus already ensconced in society, to just go ahead, give them amnesty and make them citizens outright. (Would probably be the easiest, but would most likely cause a LOT of problems)

Coming in next with a ‘respectable’ 19% were those who believe that all illegal immigrants should be rounded up and sent home (how exactly would that be accomplished would be my first question) with 18% agreeing with that sentiment, but going one step farther and erecting a big fence around the border (uh... the Germans tried that and it didn't work all that well...)

Interestingly enough, the sentiment of rounding them up and shipping them home and digging a wide canal around the border (similar in concept and idealism) got only 5% of the vote.

Where is the remaining 1%? Belonging to the respondents who don’t know and don’t care about the immigration issue. To them, Scott and I say; ‘Get a life. Open a book. Read a newspaper or online news service and try to get some intelligence into that narrow, unknowing mind of yours. Schmucks.” This issue does effect everyone, whether they know it or not, and to not have an opinion, even when it’s that small of a sample size, is pathetic and shows a true lack of emotion, knowledge and awareness.

And that’s all we’re going to say on the matter.

What do you think? Do you agree with the numbers? Disagree? Whatever your thoughts, let us know by leaving us a comment.

The new poll question is: “Do you think the death of Al-Qaida leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi will help stem the tide of insurgent attacks in Iraq?”

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