By more than a 2-to-1 ratio, Americans favor the Obama administration's new immigration policy, according to a Bloomberg poll released on Tuesday.
The results, which show that 64 percent of Americans agreed with the policy announced on June 15, suggest that the president has reinforced his standing on immigration, an issue that Romney and Republicans have tried to make headway with recently. Just 30 percent said they disagreed with the policy.
The poll described the policy, distinguishing it from other polls that just ask voters whether or not they agree with the Obama administration's policy without describing it. Those results would likely be more divisive.
"President Obama announced that the U.S. would halt the deportation of some illegal immigrants if they came here before age 16, have been in the country for five years, have no criminal record, are in school or have a high school diploma or have been honorably discharged from the military. Do you agree or disagree with this new policy?" the poll asked.
Republicans, by a 56 percent margin, oppose the president's policy, while an overwhelming 86 percent of Democrats support it. Among independents, 66 percent were in favor of the policy.