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Published: Thursday, June 16 2011 10:00 p.m. MDT

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E. Matscheko
St. George, UT

Although I am an advocate for immigration reform I wonder, if Dan Jones & Associates extended their poll to unemployed Utahns and their families.
Anyway, I'm sure the next elections will reflect Uthans' opinions.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Only goes to show how the very Vocal ultra-far-right "minority" of this State, have nearly completely high-jacked not only the GOP, but in turn the entire Utah State Legislature.

When a small minority have control over the vast majority - that is no longer a Representative Republic.

Murray, UT

I don't believe the numbers, I've yet to find 10 people that support giving amnesty and jobs to those here illegally, over citizens and potential honest legal immigrants.

Jane Johnson

I find it difficult to believe this poll. I doubt people want to have illegal aliens pay a fine and then stay here getting free medical care, free education, and free food stamps taking jobs here while many of our citizens cannot secure employment. We want the repeal to happen!

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

If the poll had found opposite results, would the two previous posters also feel the poll was skewed?

Springville, Utah

Who did they poll? Illegal aliens? Business owners? I am a legal permanent resident of Latino heritage and I am in favor of repealing HB 116.

Provo, UT

You're entitled to your own opinions, folks, but not your facts. Just because you're sure you're in the majority doesn't mean that you are. If a poll shows that 61% of Utahns believe one thing, and neither you nor anyone you know believes that thing, it doesn't mean the poll is wrong--it simply means that you don't interact very often with people that disagree with you.

South Jordan, UT

Both the LDS Church and its news outlet, the Deseret News, have been heavily campaigning lately for HB116. More and more members of the LDS Church feel like they'd better get in line with this position.

The poll results suggests that the LDS Church's campaign in immigration politics is working.

West Valley City, Ut


Probably not, considering that most people I know agree with them and bitterly disagree with the results of this "poll".

Murray, UT

What a bunch of baloney this is. Ask ten people you know and see if one of them wants this farce of a bill. Another DN stacked poll trying to further their amnesty agenda is all this amounts to. The vote on repeal is going to pass and pass big, watch and see. They said the same thing about every repeal vote at every county convention and every one of them passed. With thousands of unemployed in Utah who in their right minds think we need to sit around and make deals with those who crashed the border and have no right to be here in the first place?


Times are tough and the economy will likely get worse in spite of what the government is telling us. Jobs now held by "illegal aliens" (undocumented immigrants) are now being sought by unemployed citizens.

The "Goose that lays the golden eggs" is in danger of not being able to lay anymore golden eggs. Is HB116 the answer or will it only make the problem worse?

Google "Gumballs and Immigration" and "Young Love in Rexburg" to get a different perspective about this problem.

Kearns, UT

These polls are never correct. The numbers are to low and whom are they polling? My friends and neighbors need the jobs that illegal immigrants are taking. They are tired of th taxes they pay to keep them here. I don't understand your polls when the public I know wants everify and jobs.

Ricardo Carvalho
Provo, UT

Gotta love it folks. A scientific poll is conducted and our representative says that the only reason the results turned out that way is because Utahns, particularly housewives, are dumber than he is. That smacks of a bit of arrogance I think.

jim l
West Jordan, UT

I am a state delegate and i will vote tomorrow to have HB 116 repealed. I dont believe these polls. They can be so skewed. Who did they call? We dont need guest workers with free health care and other benefits. Again the fat cats want cheap labor and for the rest of us to foot the bill. No thanks.

Ogden, UT

When "straw polls" are included in news stories the uninformed, opinionated readers think they report reality.

But when a scientific poll is conducted by Dan Jones and Associates, they reject it and claim it's invalid.

Their "personal poll" of asking the opinion of ten of their friends, somehow causes them to think that it reflects reality!

The legislature passed this law in the last session. My question is, why are the revisiting this issue?

The teapartiers and ultra conservative lawmakers will eventually find themselves replaced when they ultimately fail to pass their agenda.

C. Darwin
Sandy, UT

Deseret news poll found Utahns favor HB116.
KSL poll found Utahns oppose HB116. 78% oppose . 22% favor

Who do I believe?

Milville, UT

Now lets get a poll that is not backed by a LDS Media group or is church sponsored. I think that kind of poll would show a vastly different result.

Heber City, UT

That settles it then.The state's major institutions and 61% of the citizens support the guest-worker program. I'm confident the delegates will represent the will of the people. OR they might continue to believe, as Herrod and Beckham do, that delegates are more "educated" than the rest of us. Legislators' hubris in the face of facts is what has this nation stalled. Will someone represented by Mr. Herrod tell him 2/3 of us are not tired of references to racist and unChristian acts. We are tired of the other 1/3, including some who are supposed to be representing us, calling us uneducated.

Iowa City, IA

Fascinating, although it won't matter much in the future anyway, as the state of Utah does not have the Constitutional authority to grant foreigners permission to reside in the U.S. without federal approval.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

In other news 9 out of 10 employers who employ illegal aliens favor a guest worker program. The other one fears that wages will go up if it becomes legal to hire illegal aliens. 10 out of 10 unemployed construction workers oppose the same guest worker program.

What is the difference between making it LEGAL to hire ILLEGAL aliens and looking the other way if they have a guest worker permit and amnesty?

Do they lose that permit if they lose their job?

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