Voters evenly split on which party is better with immigration

Americans are almost evenly split on which party they think is better when it comes to immigration policies, according to a Hill-HarrisX poll released Wednesday.

Fifty-one percent of respondents in a March 9-10 survey said they approve of Democrats' proposals, while 49 percent said they prefer the GOP's approach. The numbers represent a slight change from a Feb. 9-10 poll that found Republican ideas enjoyed a 52-48 percent advantage.

The results from both surveys are within the 3.1 percent sampling margin of error. The two surveys were conducted online and each included responses from 1,001 registered voters.

"You still see a 50-50 split because right now no one party has a clear advantage on that because it still remains to be seen what happens," Mallory Newall, research director at Ipsos Public Affairs, told Hill.TV on Wednesday.

Immigration is one of several issues where neither party enjoys broad public support. Voters are also closely divided on topics like foreign policy, taxes and regulation, according to Hill-HarrisX surveys.

Democrats, however, have more public support on health care. In the March 9-10 survey, the party held a 58-42 percent advantage over Republicans. Voters also strongly favored Democrats on race relations, the environment, poverty, and education.

Republicans, meanwhile, are the preferred party for handling the nation's economy. In the latest survey, 55 percent of voters said they backed the GOP on the issue, up from 53 percent who said so a month earlier. Republicans also held a 55-45 advantage on homeland security, as well as a 52-48 percent edge on taxes.

"One larger trend that you see in this data is that Democrats have an advantage on the issues that really directly impact people's lives — their health care, their education, the environment — and Republicans are ... seen as having an advantage on some of those larger, less-direct issues," Newall added.

—Matthew Sheffield