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Immigration frustration: Obama just scored the lowest grade of his entire presidency on this issue

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Voters are about as unhappy as they've ever been with President Obama for his unimpressive and seemingly aimless response to the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center.

Only 28 percent of the 1,805 adults polled say they approve of Obama's handling of the border crisis, while a whopping 58 percent say otherwise, according to the survey, which was conducted from July 8-14, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

This is the lowest grade that the president has received on any issue since his inauguration in 2009, according to Pew.

Still, despite this widespread dissatisfaction with his handling of illegal immigration, Obama's approval rating is holding steady at 44 percent.


The survey also found likely voters split over which party is best suited to address the border crisis: Forty-two percent say Republicans would do a better job, while 40 percent say Democrats are more capable.

Speed is also apparently an issue that concerns many Americans: The Pew survey found that 53 percent of respondents want Congress to accelerate the legal process of dealing with the underage illegal immigrants who have stormed the border in recent months.

In fact, Americans are so eager to see the process sped up, that they say they want this to happen even if it means children who are “eligible for asylum are deported,” according to the report.

Only 38 percent of survey respondents advocate sticking with the current immigration system in place.

“Most Republicans (60 percent) and independents (56 percent) think legal processing of the children should be sped up even if it means some children who are eligible for asylum are deported,” Pew reported. “Democrats are divided: 46 percent favor an expedited legal process, but about as many (47 percent) favor maintaining the current policy, though that might result in a lengthy legal process and a long stay in the U.S. for the children.”

Meanwhile, as the American public sends a fairly clear message to get its act together and sort out the border, U.S. lawmakers still haven't come together to agree on a solution. For his part, the president and his family will soon disappear to Martha's Vineyard for a 15-day vacation.

You can read more about the survey's methodology here.

Here's the full report:

07 16 14 Obama and Immigration Policy Release and Topline

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