The Boston Herald reports new national polls show Americans are feeling less sympathy toward illegal aliens.
A Zogby International poll, conducted between March 31 and April 3, 2006, found the March demonstrations supporting rights for illegal aliens left three in five adults feeling less sympathetic toward undocumented workers:
Asked whether the protests have made likely voters more or less sympathetic towards undocumented workers, 32% said they are now more sympathetic to their plight, while 61% said they are less likely to be sympathetic as a result of the protests.
This Zogby polling data is in line with previous polling results by Quinnipiac University.
I was surprised last week to find even some of my liberal friends volunteer that they find the "Day Without Immigrants" demonstration offensive. Just as the Zogby poll found, my friends are concerned about the burden illegal aliens place on social services provided by governments, especially education and health care.
I know that my friends' reactions are just anecdotal, but coupled with the polling results it makes me think the "immigrants' rights" folks are overplaying their hand.