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Numbers don't lie

Americans want immigration reform, but not via executive order

A 48 percent plurality of Americans oppose President Obama's forthcoming executive action to reportedly shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Wednesday. Meanwhile, 38 percent support his plan, and 14 percent have no opinion.

Other polls have found the public similarly skeptical of executive action to address immigration. Still, a robust 57 percent of Americans support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented workers, a figure that rises to 74 percent when background checks and fines are included in the plan.

President Obama is expected to announce the specifics of his executive action later this week.