How much of a price will Republicans pay for resisting immigration reforms of the kind advocated by George W. Bush and John McCain? For the record, I supported those reforms. But recent polling data from the Pew Hispanic Center suggests that immigration was not and still is not a pivotal voting issue.
When asked what issue is most important for the new administration to address, immigration came in seventh, after the economy, education, health care, national security and the environment. When asked what single issue mattered most to their vote for president, 31% said the economy/jobs, 14% cited attributes such as honesy, experience, etc., 13% said change, 7% said Iraq and 6% said other.
Hat tip: Mark Krikorian.