More Americans oppose than support President Barack Obama's plan to sign an executive order on immigration, a new poll shows.
According to a USA Today survey,
46 percent say the president should wait for the new Republican-controlled Congress to act, and 42 percent say he should take action now. Another 10 percent are unconvinced either way.
The political division is deep: Democrats want the president to take immediate action, 60 percent to 28 percent.
Republicans want him to wait, 76 percent to 17 percent. Independents were split, with 44 percent wanting immediate action and 46 percent backing a delay.
Americans also disagree with Obama on the Keystone XL pipeline, with 60 percent saying Congress and the president should approve construction, while just 25 percent were opposed. The president has indicated
he'd consider a veto of any bill authorizing construction.
By 63 percent to 28 percent, Americans also support an agreement with China that
calls for a reduction in carbon emissions. Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch
McConnell has criticized the pact as one that will cost too many jobs.
The survey also found Americans are still glum about Washington: Only 15 percent
think the president and the new GOP-controlled Congress will work more closely to
reach bipartisan compromises.
But 27 percent say it means they'll work less closely together. A majority —
53 percent —
say nothing will change.
The poll has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.
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