POLL: 55% Of Bay Area Voters Disagree With Immigration Crackdown

June 11, 2018 8:00 am · 63 comments

(by Janis Mara) – More than half of the Bay Area’s voters disagree with the federal crackdown on undocumented immigrants, according to a Bay Area Council poll released this month.

Of the 1,000 registered voters in the nine-county Bay Area who took the poll in March and April, 55 percent disagree with the crackdown.

Twenty-eight percent favor the crackdown and 17 percent are undecided.

“Regardless of what side of the immigration debate you’re on, there’s just one thing to know: Our immigration system is broken,” said Jim Wunderman, CEO of the San Francisco-based council, in a statement. The council is a business association founded in 1945 dedicated to solving the area’s problems.

Wunderman called for immigration reform, saying that immigrants “continue to be valuable contributors to our economy.”

While 80 percent of Republicans taking the poll favor cracking down on immigrants, 76 percent of Democrats disagree. San Francisco led the area in opposition at 70 percent, while Contra Costa County voters showed the least opposition at 47 percent.

Steven Powers June 11, 2018 at 8:14 AM

I’m all for having laws and enforcement of them . When did we stop using the term illegal…

Me June 11, 2018 at 3:29 PM

When evolved humans realized that referring to a fellow human as illegal was inhumane.

Original G June 11, 2018 at 8:15 AM

1,000 is too small to be a representative sample for an area of 9 counties. Methodology of contacting or selecting individuals polled nor ages are not disclosed.

NoMoreFreeRide June 11, 2018 at 8:52 AM

100% correct it’s a B.S. poll

RSD June 11, 2018 at 11:00 AM

BS Poll

KinseyLeaky June 11, 2018 at 8:20 AM

Polling students and teachers only on the UC Berkeley campus does not count as a poll.

I bet this is the same pillers that give Hillary the landline win also…

Sign from Above June 11, 2018 at 8:27 AM

Obviously the group that did this study knows nothing about conducting a proper (and accurate) study. 1000 people is not even close to an accurate sample size for the 9 county bay area! I agree with Original G. If their study is this flawed, their methodology for selecting the coveted 1000 is probably just as flawed. Total wast of time and space.

Starman June 11, 2018 at 8:28 AM

Where was the survey done not Walnut Creek

WC June 11, 2018 at 8:33 AM

They should move to Concord for awhile then see what they think.

Sick of it June 11, 2018 at 8:37 AM

Where did they take this poll at? A democratic meeting.
We as tax payers are paying for these people. This is ridiculous illegal is illegal. They are not immigrants as the media and democrats would want you to believe.

G. June 11, 2018 at 5:03 PM

Sounds like you may have to do more than just whine on the internet if you want your opinion heard ?

Mich June 11, 2018 at 8:46 AM

I was going to say the same thing, but then it clicked…. are illegal immigrants allowed to be registered to vote? It’s probably the legal family members voting for them

Pyrrhus June 11, 2018 at 11:17 AM

That is completely legal. The issue of immigration is important to them and they are legally allowed to vote. Why shouldn’t they vote for something in their family’s best interest?

I vote for things that are in my best interest that may not be in your best interest. That doesn’t make it wrong or illegal. That’s why we vote!

I find it very amusing that people think the Bay Area isn’t pro-immigrant and anti-Republican. The voting records show it time and time again. What’s so hard to understand that the vast majority just don’t like Republican policy? And no, there is no massive voter fraud like all the Alt-Right media is trying to perpetuate. That commission that Trump created to find voter fraud has been shut down, with nothing coming of it, which was expected.

Stupid should hurt June 11, 2018 at 4:35 PM

The fact that ILLEGALS are allowed to vote in this state blows my mind.
Democrats padding their voting block.

AJM June 11, 2018 at 8:48 AM

I immigrated legally 50 yrs ago, so should everyone else. Believe in crackdown !!

L June 11, 2018 at 8:52 AM

What “poll” are they talking about, I didn’t get anything??

Sign from Above June 11, 2018 at 10:50 AM

You weren’t one of the coveted 1000 that fit within their views!

ClayDen June 11, 2018 at 8:54 AM

I’m not sure what is so difficult to comprehend about the term “illegal.” If you are here illegally, you are a criminal by definition as you have broken a fundamental law of our country. We are a country governed by the rule of law, at least that is what our Constitution states. Of course there is a large disparity between Democrats and Republicans in the poll; though I’m surprised it’s not larger. However, you have to consider there are a lot of RINOs in California (we elected one for Governor not too long ago). Another name for illegals: undocumented Democrats.

Beam me up!

NoMoreFreeRide June 11, 2018 at 10:09 AM


Pookie June 11, 2018 at 4:19 PM

You will constantly hear California Politicians make a statement in regards to illegals, such as ” we want to keep our immigrant communities safe”. or “We will fight for our immigrant communities”. etc, etc. This is not about legal immigrants/aliens, who are here legally, this is about people who ARE NOT here legally, and should not be here to begin with.

I am all for legal immigration.LEGAL. I am not for illegal immigration, and our state bleeding us tax paying CITIZENS dry, in order to fund all of these alliances, special interest groups, college tuition funds, legal funds, for people who have no business here. What about all of us??? So we did things the right way, now we have a job and families, and are also expected to foot the bills to take care of all the illegals and we are expected to take it and smile? Yeah right. How does any of this even seem logical? it isn’t.

anonymous June 11, 2018 at 9:02 AM

Further proof that you can make “statistics” say whatever you want them to say. Agree that 1000 people is far too small a sample to be representative of the entire Bay Area, and there’s not enough information about how, when, and where this poll was conducted, nor about who the respondents were. They certainly didn’t ask me!

Captain Bebops June 11, 2018 at 9:26 AM

What are “sanctuary cities” a “sanctuary” from anyway? As best I’ve been determined it’s from trouble people have gotten themselves into trouble borrowing money or doing business with drug lords south of the border. Seems that’s more of a problem of having responsible governments south of the border to clean things ups. Otherwise it seems that it is a covert action by corporations who want to cheap under the table labor.

As anyone on Claycord.com knows I’m very liberal but this indeed is a very confused issue.

RDS June 11, 2018 at 9:28 AM

FIFY (fixed it for you)

More than half of the Bay Area’s voters disagree with the federal crackdown on illegal immigrants, according to a Bay Area Council poll released this month.

Of the 1,000 registered voters in the nine-county Bay Area who took the poll in March and April, 55 percent disagree with the crackdown.

Twenty-eight percent favor the crackdown and 17 percent are undecided.

“Regardless of what side of the illegal immigration debate you’re on, there’s just one thing to know: Our legal immigration system is broken,” said Jim Wunderman, CEO of the San Francisco-based council, in a statement. The council is a business association founded in 1945 dedicated to solving the area’s problems.

Wunderman called for legal immigration reform, saying that legal immigrants “continue to be valuable contributors to our economy.”

While 80 percent of Republicans taking the poll favor cracking down on illegal immigrants, 76 percent of Democrats disagree. San Francisco led the area in opposition at 70 percent, while Contra Costa County voters showed the least opposition at 47 percent.

AlwaysBePositive June 11, 2018 at 9:48 AM

The immigration issue seems to be between two groups. One is the group that ignores that undocumented workers are integral to our economy and wants to go back to a time where there is a clear separation between the haves and the have nots. The second group recognizes the global aspect of our economy and understands that America has always been a country that thrives because of immigration.

Undocumented workers could be eliminated in one day. Change enforcement to employers instead of employees. Put the CEO in jail for 48 hours for each undocumented worker-not the manager, not the person that hired the worker-the top of the organizational chart goes to jail for a weekend for each undocumented employee. Problem solved. Higher prices and shortages of goods and services would be the problem created.

Nature Lover June 11, 2018 at 10:59 AM

I agree with you on the employer angle but a Guest Worker Program could address the Farm Labor and other low skilled sectors of our Economy. A path to citizenship for Guest Workers who don’t commit crimes and have a clean record could also be accomplished.

The illegal immigration problem has been ignored for decades. It is about time that we enforce the laws on the books. As much as I can’t stand Trump I do agree with him on immigration.

Kenji June 12, 2018 at 7:07 AM

There’s a very simple and 100% effective way to eliminate illegal immigration: Legalize it.

If one is not opposed to immigrants as such, but only illegal immigration, this is the obvious option.

chuckie the troll June 11, 2018 at 9:52 AM

Is this where I observe that “No one asked me!”?

As with all polls, the wording is key. Did they ask, “Do you support keeping illegal aliens in the country even after they have been convicted of a felony? Even after they have assaulted another person? Even if they belong to MS-13 or another violent criminal gang?”

Fred P. June 11, 2018 at 9:53 AM

The council is “dedicated to solving the area’s problems”?

Notice they didn’t describe how they polled, when they polled, the questions asked/how they were asked, the demographics of those polled etc….

This poll is a waste of space.

Fyi June 11, 2018 at 9:57 AM

If you don’t understand who and to vote, you need to shut up on the subject!

The Mamba June 11, 2018 at 10:01 AM

That’s strange, every time something immigration related has come up on the ballot, Californians have voted overwhelmingly to protect our institutions from people here illegally.

Ken Krauth June 11, 2018 at 10:02 AM

I was not asked.

Ricardoh June 11, 2018 at 10:07 AM

I believe more than 55% have that opinion. Look at who wins the elections. This weekend I went to a family function in Santa Rosa. On the way there highway 37 was a parking lot when I got to Petaluma highway 101 was a parking lot. Marin and Sonoma counties are 75% democrat and the democrats treat them like they do Black voters. Take their votes and do nothing for them.

Lena June 11, 2018 at 10:16 AM

There won’t be any relief from this kind of thing until November, and expect it to get worse in the final days before the election. Democrats want a huge, low-cost and exploitable labor pool in this country. Then, when they get the chance, they’ll offer amnesty and recruit an army of new Democrats.

RANDOM TASK June 11, 2018 at 10:19 AM

OMG surprise and agasp….NOT

TRUTH …they also like crime and bums as well as poor schools and roads and oh but they love over taxation ..love it ……yeah

POINT …Dems have had total control over this state for over 50 years
they are the worst landlords ever …raising rent yearly …charging for amenities ( bridges..roads…parking )…dilapidated infrastructure….bums all over domicile …crime allowed….don’t maintain fencing allowing entry to who ever on the property

AlwaysBePositive June 11, 2018 at 10:38 AM

rt…Republican Governor Schwarzenegger left office in 2011. Your point is invalid.

ClayDen June 11, 2018 at 10:46 AM

Arnold was a RINO.

G. June 11, 2018 at 5:01 PM

I’d pay at least $20 to take a tour of the inside of your house. I’m really curious how someone as off their rocker as you possibly maintains in the real world. You continue to baffle any and all logic while those sausage fingers just type type type…

George June 11, 2018 at 10:50 AM

No worries… In November, Governor Cox will start resolving many of these issues.

Pookie June 11, 2018 at 4:32 PM

That’s what I’m saying…

Roz June 11, 2018 at 11:10 AM

No need for me to put my two cents in after reading the above posts.
Most of you have covered every point I have too.
Thank You All for Your Posts!

mtzman June 11, 2018 at 11:13 AM

FWIW, the Bay Area Council is hardly some fly-by-night organization. “The Bay Area Council is a business-sponsored, public policy advocacy organization for the nine-county Bay Area. The Council proactively advocates for a strong economy, a vital business environment, and a better quality of life for everyone who lives here. Founded in 1945, as a way for the region’s business community and like-minded individuals to concentrate and coordinate their efforts, the Bay Area Council is widely respected by elected officials, policy makers and other civic leaders as the regional voice of business in the Bay Area. Today, more than 275 of the largest employers in the region support the Bay Area Council and offer their CEO or top executive as a member.”

Here’s the methodology for the polling: “The 2018 Bay Area Council Poll, which was conducted online by national public opinion research firm EMC Research from March 20 through April 3, surveyed 1,000 registered voters from around the nine-county Bay Area about a range of issues related to economic growth, housing and transportation, drought, education and workforce. Respondents were invited by email to participate from among the 38 percent of registered voters with email addresses publicly available through county voter records. The final sample of respondents is weighted slightly, and is demographically and geographically representative of registered voters in the nine-county Bay Area. The poll does not include a margin of error because it is an online survey, which is a nonprobability sample. A nonprobability sample is one where not every individual in the population has an equal chance of being selected to participate.”

You can check out the entire poll, including links to the demographic breakdown of the poll respondents here: http://www.bayareacouncil.org/2018-bay-area-council-poll/.

Fred P. June 11, 2018 at 1:47 PM

That’s what they “said.” So it must be true? Because that’s what they said on the internet? Nice job of cut and paste from their website, though…

It didn’t list the questions, nor how they were asked. And did you see who was on their boards? And who was on their staff?

Do you work for them?

Sign from Above June 11, 2018 at 3:10 PM

Again, 1000 people is nowhere near an adequate sample size for an accurate study. Anyone that has taken even a basic class in statistics knows that.

Pookie June 11, 2018 at 4:29 PM

This article means nothing. For me to believe any type of poll in regards to politics and a voters opinion, It would need to be handled as a spur of the moment “vote” in front of some large crowd (so no one can plant biased voters, or pay anyone off)), an equal amount of verified Dems and Repubs participating in the voting, and the ballots casted and the results read live right there, or I’ll never believe this BS. This is what politics as well as people with no morals/integrity have done to society. No trust. No truth and no honesty anymore.

mtzman June 11, 2018 at 6:10 PM

So, Pookie, how would you handle the fact that 44 percent of registered voters in California are Democrats and only 25 percent are Republicans, and what would you do with the other 31 percent who are neither Democrat or Republican? And if you have your spur of the moment large crowd chances are it would be in the Bay Area or Los Angeles where the discrepancy between Democrat and Republican is even greater.

And, just for the record, a sample size of 1,000 for the Bay Area is actually quite adequate. The Rasmussen presidential approval polls that many of you are always so excited about uses a sample size of 1,500 for the entire nation. Fox News polls use a sample size of approximately 1,000 registered voters, again for the entire nation.

Fred P. June 12, 2018 at 6:32 AM

So those based on the comments here, it sounds as though everyone in favor of “sanctuary cities/states” and against immigration crackdown supports violating the laws.

Violating immigration laws is a criminal offense. What in hell is so hard to understand about that? I have no problem with ANYONE coming here LEGALLY.

You support violating the laws? what does that make YOU?

Citizen June 11, 2018 at 11:31 AM

If they are committing crimes and have committed crimes that are felonies then we need to hunt them down! Only then do I think we should deport these folks. However we do need to keep them from invading our country.

Sick of it June 11, 2018 at 1:30 PM

So entering the country illegally is ok. Using falsified documentation and stolen social security number to get a job is ok.
You now draw a line at a felony and only then
Pretty screwed up if you ask me

Predictable June 11, 2018 at 11:55 AM

55% of the responders were illegal. Thus your results.

Cellophane June 11, 2018 at 12:18 PM

There is no difference between an illegal immigrant and someone who robs a bank.

Both should be processed according to the crime.

No sanctuary, no special treatment.

Polls are notoriously bent to fit the opinion of whoever’s doing the writing.

Voter June 11, 2018 at 2:06 PM

Would you people who continually whine about illegal immigration please sign each of your comments with a YES, I VOTE IN EVERY ELECTION or I LOVE TO WHINE ABOUT ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND COUNTLESS OTHER ISSUES BUT I DON’T TAKE TIME TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT.

Thank you.

ClayDen June 11, 2018 at 3:04 PM

Yes, I vote in every election.

mtzman June 11, 2018 at 3:38 PM

No, I don’t work for them but I do have a degree in economics and know a thing or two about statistics. What absolutely amazes me is how many of you are going apoplectic over a poll that says a slim majority of the residents in one of the most liberal areas in the country have problems with the current administration’s immigration policies. I’m sort of with Ricardoh on this one: I was surprised the number was that low.

pookie June 11, 2018 at 4:03 PM

This “poll” is BS. Almost everyone I know and speak to in regards to this issue, is all for the crackdowns and enforcement of the law. Yes… the law.
I know it seems that all of the Liberal nutcases are prevailing by having other Liberal nutcases running our state currently, but after this all plays out, the law will prevail. They can argue all they want, make accusations of racism against anyone that “dares” to disagree with them all they want, warn criminals of the raids(good ole Libby), or whatever else they deem will get them votes when it comes time, but in the end the law and the enforcement of the law will win. The constitution is in place for a reason. By these politicians making their own set of rules, all they are doing is telling the people that they too, do not need to follow the law or rules. They do not need to, so why do we? This state is flipped backwards. Instead of the state of California taking care of its citizens who are here legally, whether they were born in US or came here the legal way, they’d rather pay for people who are not legally supposed to even be here. Instead, they hand out free money, free health insurance, free college tuition, free housing, free food, free legal aid, free free free. Does Oprah run this place or what? And, what in turn do they legal, productive citizens who pay taxes to live in this glorious state get? Nothing…. they get to contribute their hard earned money to support this BS. I can tell you this is going to end. I honestly do not know how it got this carried away. Many people live in fear to say what they truly feel. Enough is enough.

I have a very diverse family, which consists of maaaaany of my relatives whom have immigrated here, the legal way. It took them years, money and heartache, but guess what? They are here after their hard work got them here. Guess who these family members voted for? Trump (which I did not, but will next election) and guess what else? They are fed up with the politicians and all of this BS happening right now. They feel devalued, disrespected, and robbed. Robbed of the time it took them to come here, robbed of all the money they had to pay, the paperwork they had to fill out, the sacrifices that their families had to make, everything that goes along with following rules. These Liberal Democrats better remember, Gavin did not win by much, and alllllllllllllllll of the Democrats that voted for the other guys and not Gavin, well… they will be at the polls in November, who are they gonna vote for? We will see won’t we?

Bring on the haters…

Lena June 11, 2018 at 4:43 PM

I agree. The way the state is being run is a dirty trick on people who bore the cost, took the time, and endured the rigorous process involved in immigrating legally, law-abiding citizens. It is beyond unfair to their hard work and devotion to doing it legally. It is also a stab in the back for everyone taxed to death in order to pay for the expense of providing services to those entering illegally.

Fred P. June 12, 2018 at 6:26 AM

pookie – I agree with you 100%!

Original G June 11, 2018 at 4:10 PM

Is it strange that ONLY opinions sought on the matter were from those registered to vote. An what percentage of total population is registered to vote?

“I haven’t trusted polls since I read that 62% of women had affairs during their lunch hour. I’ve never met a woman in my life who would give up lunch for sex.”
— Erma Bombeck

Nature Lover June 11, 2018 at 9:46 PM

Too funny…thanks for the laugh from Erma.

ZZ June 11, 2018 at 5:02 PM

Statistics, smatistics. How stupid statistics are. California is a state run by progressive liberals. Sanctuary state…no vote on that one. There’s your statistics.

Original G June 11, 2018 at 7:20 PM

“Facts are stubborn, but
statistics are more pliable.”
— Mark Twain

Frito Bandito June 11, 2018 at 9:34 PM

Polls? …We don’t need no stinking polls!

tita June 12, 2018 at 11:41 AM

Your polls are only given to illegals.. The liberals that that vote not to have a crack down are “students”…non working, non tax payers…IF they want immigration then they PERSONALLY should be willing to support, feed and let them live with them…instead of automatic getting food stamps, child wic, free medical and housing at the tax payers expense..The ones in our once nice neighborhood are living dozens in one “single” family , 8-10 cars parked on lawns every inch of curb side and do nothing to keep the home in repair..There are MORE people that want the boarders closed and only open to LEGAL immigrants than the “cry” babies that only know how to protest …we are tired of supporting everyone…and that includes the ones that are “offended” by everything…Go to work or clean up the homeless camps…

PAC islander June 13, 2018 at 12:07 AM

Look at the “Staff” of the bay council. Not the executive board etc…

A quick bit of research shows it’s stacked with socialists like huff post. Hardly an open minded organization.

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