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       Immigration

 
 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by Hart Research Associates (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R). Nov. 14-17, 2014. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"As you may know, executive orders are actions taken by a president that can put some regulations into effect that do not require Congressional approval. President Obama has said that by the end of the year, he intends to take executive action on immigration. His executive action would stay in place unless or until Congress passed immigration reform legislation to take its place. Do you approve or disapprove of the president taking executive action on immigration, or do you not know enough to have an opinion at this time?" If unsure: "And, I know you said you do not know enough to have an opinion, but if you had to choose do you lean more toward approving or disapproving of the president taking executive action on immigration?"

 
    Approve Lean
approve
Lean
disapprove
Disapprove Unsure
    % % % % %
 

11/14-17/14

32 6 6 42 14
             

"Now, as you may know, there is a proposal to create a pathway to citizenship that would allow foreigners staying illegally in the United States the opportunity to eventually become legal American citizens. Do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose this proposal?"

 
    Strongly
favor
Somewhat
favor
Somewhat
oppose
Strongly
oppose
Depends
(vol.)/Unsure
    % % % % %
 

11/14-17/14

23 34 15 25 3
             

"And, thinking some more about this: If a proposed pathway to citizenship allowed foreigners staying illegally in the United States the opportunity to eventually become legal American citizens if they pay a fine, any back taxes, pass a security background check, and take other required steps, would you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose this proposal?"

 
    Strongly
favor
Somewhat
favor
Somewhat
oppose
Strongly
oppose
Depends
(vol.)/Unsure
    % % % % %
 

11/14-17/14

32 42 9 15 2

 

USA Today Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Nov. 13-16, 2014. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.6.

             

"Should President Obama act this year to take executive action to deal with illegal immigration in the United States, or should he wait until January for the new Republican Congress to pass legislation on the issue?"

 
    Act this
year
Wait until
January
Unsure Refused  
    % % % %  
 

11/13-16/14

42 46 10 2  

 

Pew Research Center. Oct. 15-20, 2014. N=2,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.5.

             

"Which comes closer to your view about how to handle undocumented immigrants who are now living in the U.S.? They should not be allowed to stay in this country legally. OR, There should be a way for them to stay in the country legally, if certain requirements are met." Options rotated
2/14: "Which comes closer to your view about how to handle undocumented immigrants who are now living in the U.S.? They should not be allowed to stay in the country legally. There should be a way for those who meet certain requirements to stay in the country legally."
3/13 & 5/15: "Which comes closer to your view about how to handle immigrants who are now living in the U.S. illegally? They should not be allowed to stay in the country legally. There should be a way for those who meet certain requirements to stay in the country legally."

 
    NOT stay Stay Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

10/15-20/14

25 71 3    
 

7/8-14/14

30 68 3    
 

2/14-23/14

24 73 3    
 

6/12-16/13

27 71 2    
 

5/1-5/13

25 73 3    
 

3/13-17/13

27 71 2    

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Sept. 12-15, 2014. N=1,009 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Which comes closest to your view about illegal immigrants who are living in the U.S.? They should be allowed to stay in the U.S. and eventually apply for citizenship. They should be allowed to stay in the U.S. legally, but not be allowed to apply for citizenship. OR, They should be required to leave the U.S." Options rotated

 
    Stay,
apply for
citizenship
Stay, not
apply for
citizenship
Be required
to leave
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

9/12-15/14

50 13 32 6  
 

7/29 - 8/4/14

54 11 30 5  
 

5/16-19/14

51 15 29 4  
 

3/20-23/14

56 12 29 3  
 

2/19-23/14

53 16 27 3  
 

1/17-21/14

54 12 31 4  
             

"If Congress does not act to address the immigration issue, do you think Barack Obama should or should not take action using executive orders?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

9/12-15/14

51 43 6    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Sept. 4-7, 2014. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Do you think undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States should or should not be given the right to live and work here legally?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/4-7/14

46 50 4    
 

1/20-23/14

49 49 3    
             

"If a candidate for U.S. Congress supports a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, would that make you more likely to vote for that candidate, less likely or wouldn't it make much difference in your vote?"

 
    More likely Less likely Not much
difference
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/4-7/14

27 36 34 3  
 

2/27 - 3/2/14

30 38 29 3  
             

"If Congress does not act to address the immigration issue, do you think Obama should or should not take action on his own through executive orders?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/4-7/14

52 44 5    

 

Pew Research Center. Aug. 20-24, 2014. N=1,501 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.9.

             

"What should be the priority for dealing with illegal immigration in the U.S.: one, better border security and stronger enforcement of our immigration laws; OR, two, creating a way for illegal immigrants already here to become citizens if they meet certain requirements; OR, should BOTH be given equal priority?"

 
    Border
security/
Enforcement
Pathway to
citizenship
Both
equally
None of
these (vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

8/20-24/14

33 23 41 1 2
 

2/13-18/13

25 25 47 1 2
 

6/7-17/12

28 27 42 1 2
             

"As you many know, thousands of children from Central America who entered the U.S. illegally have been apprehended at the U.S. border. Please tell me whether you would favor or oppose allowing these children to do each of the following. First, [see below] while their immigration cases are pending? How about to [see below] while their immigration cases are pending?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 
 

"Attend public school in the U.S."

 

8/20-24/14

56 40 4    
 
 

"Join their families already living in the U.S."

 

8/20-24/14

69 28 3    
 
 

"Be housed in a government facility in the U.S."

 

8/20-24/14

51 45 4    

 

CBS News Poll. July 29-Aug. 4, 2014. N=1,344 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Generally, do you think immigrants coming to the United States make American society better in the long run, make American society worse in the long run, or don't you think immigrants coming to the U.S. have much of an effect on American society one way or the other?"

 
    Better Worse Not much
of an effect
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

7/29 - 8/4/14

38 28 21 6 7
             

"How serious a problem do you think the issue of ILLEGAL immigration is for the country right now: very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, or not at all serious?"

 
    Very
serious
Somewhat
serious
Not too
serious
Not at all
serious
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

7/29 - 8/4/14

62 22 10 4 1
 

8/20-24/10

61 27 8 3 1
 

5/20-24/10

56 28 10 4 2
 

4/28 - 5/2/10

65 24 9 1 1
             

"How important do you think it is for Congress and Barack Obama to pass legislation addressing illegal immigration by the end of this year? Is that very important, somewhat important, not very important, or not at all important?"

 
    Very
important
Somewhat
important
Not very
important
Not at all
important
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

7/29 - 8/4/14

59 25 7 6 3
             

"Which should be the higher priority now: securing the nation's border, or addressing the status of illegal immigrants currently in the U.S.?" Options rotated

 
    Securing
the border
Status of
illegal
immigrants
Both
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

7/29 - 8/4/14

59 31 5 - 4
 

5/16-19/14

55 37 4 1 3
 

10/18-21/13

50 43 5 1 2
 

7/18-22/13

56 37 5 1 1
             

"In general, do you favor or oppose providing a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children if they meet certain requirements, such as going to college or joining the military, and not having a criminal record?"

 
    Favor Oppose Depends
(vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

7/29 - 8/4/14

76 19 2 3  
             

"How much have you heard or read about the number of unaccompanied children from Central America who have been illegally coming across the border into the U.S.: a lot, some, or not much?"

 
    A lot Some Not much Nothing
at all
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

7/29 - 8/4/14

50 28 19 2 1
             

"What do you think should happen to the unaccompanied children from Central America who have been illegally crossing the border into the U.S.? They should be allowed to stay in the U.S. while awaiting an immigration hearing, even if it takes a long time, or they should be returned to their own country as soon as possible."

 
    Allowed
to stay
Returned to
own country
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

7/29 - 8/4/14

43 50 7    
             

"Under current U.S. policy, children from Central America who enter the U.S. illegally go through a legal process and hearing to determine whether or not they can stay in the U.S. Would you favor or oppose new legislation making it easier and faster to send children back to their home countries?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

7/29 - 8/4/14

65 28 7    
             

"Would you favor or oppose temporary housing in your community for unaccompanied children from Central America while they wait for an immigration hearing?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

7/29 - 8/4/14

57 40 3    
             

"How effective do you think stricter enforcement at the U.S. border would be in reducing the number of unaccompanied children entering the U.S. illegally: very effective, somewhat effective, not very effective, or not at all effective?"

 
    Very
effective
Somewhat
effective
Not very
effective
Not at all
effective
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

7/29 - 8/4/14

37 39 12 8 4
             

"How effective do you think the U.S. working with leaders of Central American countries to curb violence there would be in reducing the number of unaccompanied children entering the U.S. illegally: very effective, somewhat effective, not very effective, or not at all effective?"

 
    Very
effective
Somewhat
effective
Not very
effective
Not at all
effective
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

7/29 - 8/4/14

18 40 19 17 5

 

Public Religion Research Institute. July 23-27, 2014. N=1,026 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"As I read a pair of statements, please say whether the FIRST statement or the SECOND statement comes closer to your own views, even if neither is exactly right. Immigrants today strengthen our country because of their hard work and talents. Immigrants today are a burden on our country because they take our jobs, housing and health care."

 
    Strengthen
our country
A burden on
our country
Neither/
Both (vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

7/23-27/14

49 42 5 2  
             

"Which statement comes closest to your view about how the immigration system should deal with immigrants who are currently living in the U.S. illegally? The immigration system should allow them a way to become citizens provided they meet certain requirements, allow them to become permanent legal residents but not citizens, identify and deport them."

 
    Become
citizens
Become legal
residents,
not citizens
Identify
and deport
None of
these (vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

7/23-27/14

58 17 22 1 2
             

"How much, if anything, have you heard about the large number of children from Central America now coming to the U.S. without their parents: a lot, a little, or nothing at all?"

 
    A lot A little Nothing
at all
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

7/23-27/14

49 31 20 1  
             

"To the best of your knowledge, what do you think is the PRIMARY reason that more children from Central America are now coming to the U.S.? Would you say the primary reason they are coming is to seek better education and economic opportunities in general, OR to escape violence and serious threats to their own safety in their home countries?" Options rotated

 
    Seek better
opportunities
Escape
violence
Both
equally (vol.)
Another
reason (vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

7/23-27/14

34 45 14 3 4
             

"Which statement comes closest to your views about what the U.S. should do about the children who are currently arriving from Central America without their parents? We should offer shelter and support while beginning a process to determine whether they should be deported or allowed to stay in the U.S. We should deport them immediately back to their home countries." Options rotated

 
    Offer shelter
& support
Deport
immediately
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

7/23-27/14

70 26 2 2  
             

"Now I'm going to read you a few pairs of statements. For each pair, please tell me whether the FIRST statement or the SECOND statement comes closer to your own views, even if neither is exactly right. . . .

"The families of children arriving from Central America are taking advantage of American good will and are really seeking a back door to immigrate to our country. The families of children arriving from Central America are doing what they can to keep their children safe in very difficult circumstances." Options rotated

 
    Seeking a
back door
Trying to
keep their
children safe
Neither/
Both (vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

7/23-27/14

38 56 3 3  
             

"The children arriving from Central America should be treated as illegal immigrants and should be deported back to their home countries. The children arriving from Central America should be treated as refugees and should be allowed to stay in the U.S. if authorities determine it is NOT safe for them to return to their home country." Options rotated

 
    Should be
deported
Should be
treated as
refugees
Neither/
Both (vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

7/23-27/14

27 69 3 1  
             

"Would you say that the children now coming from Central America into the U.S. is a crisis, a serious problem but not a crisis, or a minor problem?"

 
    A crisis A serious
problem
A minor
problem
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

7/23-27/14

36 43 19 2  
             

"Now, please tell me if you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly DISagree or completely disagree with the following statements. . . .

"We should provide refuge and protection for all people who come to the U.S. when they are facing serious danger in their home country."

 
    Completely
agree
Mostly
agree
Mostly
disagree
Completely
disagree
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

7/23-27/14

26 45 17 10 2
             

"The U.S. should NOT allow children now coming from Central America to stay because it will encourage others to ignore our laws and increase illegal immigration."

 
    Completely
agree
Mostly
agree
Mostly
disagree
Completely
disagree
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

7/23-27/14

27 32 27 12 2
             

"While children from Central America are waiting for their cases to be heard, they should be released to the care of relatives, host families or churches rather than be detained by immigration authorities."

 
    Completely
agree
Mostly
agree
Mostly
disagree
Completely
disagree
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

7/23-27/14

31 40 15 13 2

 

CNN/ORC Poll. July 18-20, 2014. N=1,012 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"What should be the main focus of the U.S. government in dealing with the issue of illegal immigration: developing a plan that would allow illegal immigrants who have jobs to become legal U.S. residents, or developing a plan for stopping the flow of illegal immigrants into the U.S. and for deporting those already here?" RV = registered voters

 
    Legal
residency
Stop flow,
deport
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/18-20/14

45 51 4    
 

Democrats

61 35 4    
 

Independents

45 49 6    
 

Republicans

23 76 2    
 
 

1/31 - 2/2/14

54 41 5    
 

Democrats

69 27 4    
 

Independents

55 39 6    
 

Republicans

34 62 4    
 
 

1/14-15/13

53 43 5    
 

9/28-30/12 RV

56 39 5    
 

11/18-20/11

42 55 3    
 

7/16-21/10

42 57 1    
 

5/21-23/10

38 60 2    
             

"As you may know, in recent months, tens of thousands of children from Central American countries have been detained by the U.S. government at the Mexican border after illegally entering the United States without their parents or other guardians. Here are a few questions on that topic.

"Do you favor or oppose a bill that would respond to this situation by allocating several billion dollars to care for the children that are being detained, increase the number of officials who can determine whether they should be deported, and return them to their countries if they are not allowed to stay in the U.S.?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/18-20/14

54 44 3    
             

"As you may know, under current U.S. law, unaccompanied children from Central America who illegally come to the U.S. remain in the U.S. for months or years until their cases are heard by a U.S. immigration official. Do you favor or oppose a bill that would make it easier for the U.S. to deport all unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/18-20/14

62 36 2    
             

"Generally speaking, which of the following statements comes closer to your view about these children? Most of them are refugees who are fleeing violence and poverty in their countries. Most of them are illegal immigrants whose parents are trying to exploit a loophole in the U.S. immigration system."

 
    Fleeing
violence,
poverty
Trying to
exploit a
loophole
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

51 45 3    
 

Democrats

66 28 5    
 

Independents

51 46 3    
 

Republicans

32 67 2    
             

"As you may know, the U.S. government is relocating some of these children from the border facilities where they were taken into custody while they wait for their cases to be heard by an immigration official. Would you be willing or unwilling to have some of those children relocated to a security facility in the city or town where you live until their cases are resolved?"

 
    Willing Unwilling Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

57 41 2    
 

Democrats

75 24 1    
 

Independents

55 43 2    
 

Republicans

38 61 1    

 

Pew Research Center. July 8-14, 2014. N=1,805 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.7.

             

"Now thinking about how Barack Obama is handling some issues: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation involving the large number of children from Central America who have entered the country illegally?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

7/8-14/14

28 56 15    
             

"Please tell me if you think the REPUBLICAN Party or the DEMOCRATIC Party could do the better job in each of the following areas. ... Which party could do a better job of dealing with immigration?"

 
    Republican
Party
Democratic
Party
Both
equally (vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

7/8-14/14

42 40 4 7 6
             

"How important is it to you that the president and Congress pass significant new immigration legislation this year: extremely important, very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all?"

 
    Extremely
important
Very
important
Somewhat
important
Not too
important
Not important
at all
    % % % % %
 

7/8-14/14

28 32 22 7 7
 

2/14-23/14

21 29 26 9 12
 

6/12-16/13

21 29 29 10 9
             

"How much, if anything, have you heard about the large number of children from Central America crossing the border into the U.S. illegally: a lot, a little, or nothing at all?"

 
    A lot A little Nothing
at all
   
    % % %    
 

7/8-14/14

57 31 11    
             

"Under current U.S. policy, children from Central American countries like Honduras who enter the U.S. illegally go through a legal process that can take months before they are deported or receive asylum. With the increase in the number of children entering the country, should the U.S. follow current policy, even though the process could take a long time while the children remain here, OR SHOULD THE U.S. speed up the process, even if it means some children eligible for asylum are deported?" Options rotated

 
    Follow
current policy
Speed up
the process
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

7/8-14/14

39 53 8    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. July 9-13, 2014. N=1,016 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Overall, do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama handling the issue of undocumented immigrants coming into the United States over the border with Mexico?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/9-13/14

33 58 8    
             

"Overall, do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress handling the issue of undocumented immigrants coming into the United States over the border with Mexico?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/9-13/14

23 66 10    
             

"The federal government is considering emergency spending of $3.7 billion to deal with an influx of unescorted children from Central America entering the United States. Half the money will provide care for these children while their deportation cases are heard. The rest will be used to speed their deportation hearings and to increase border security. Overall, do you support or oppose this plan?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/9-13/14

53 43 4    

 

Gallup Poll. June 5-8, 2014. N=1,027 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"In your view, should immigration be kept at its present level, increased or decreased?"

 
    Present
level
Increased Decreased Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/5-8/14

33 22 41 4  
 

2/6-9/14

35 27 36 2  
 

6/13 - 7/5/13

40 23 35 2  
 

6/7-10/12

42 21 35 3  
             

"On the whole, do you think immigration is a good thing or a bad thing for this country today?"

 
    Good thing Bad thing Mixed
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/5-8/14

63 33 3 1  
 

6/13 - 7/5/13

72 25 2 1  
 

6/7-10/12

66 29 3 2  
             

"If you had to choose, what should be the main focus of the U.S. government in dealing with the issue of illegal immigration: developing a plan for halting the flow of illegal immigrants into the U.S., or developing a plan to deal with immigrants who are currently in the U.S. illegally?" Options rotated

 
    Halting flow
of illegal
immigrants
Dealing with
immigrants in
U.S. illegally
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/5-8/14

41 53 6    
 

2/6-9/14

46 51 2    
 

6/13 - 7/5/13

41 55 4    
 

6/7-10/12

41 55 5    

 

New York Times Poll. May 7-11, 2014. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Which comes closer to your opinion? America should always welcome all immigrants. OR, America should always welcome some immigrants, but not others. OR, America cannot afford to open its doors to any newcomers."

 
    Welcome
all
Welcome
some
No
newcomers
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

5/7-11/14

46 30 19 5  
 

4/28 - 5/2/10

33 34 27 6  
 

5/18-23/07

24 48 24 4  
             

"Thinking specifically about recent immigrants, that is, people who have come to the United States to live and work in the past ten years or so, which comes closer to your opinion? The U.S. is a country with a basic American culture and values that immigrants take on when they come here. OR, The U.S. is a country made up of many cultures and values that change as new people come here." Options rotated

 
    Basic
American
culture and
values
Many
cultures
and values
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

5/7-11/14

31 65 4    
             

"And what kind of country do you think the U.S. SHOULD be? A country with a basic American culture and values that immigrants take on when they come here. OR, A country made up of many cultures and values that change as new people come here." Options rotated

 
    Basic
American
culture and
values
Many
cultures
and values
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

5/7-11/14

54 42 4    
             

"Overall, would you say most recent immigrants to the United States contribute to this country, or do most of them cause problems?"

 
    Contribute Cause
problems
Both
(vol.)
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

5/7-11/14

66 21 5 2 7
 

4/28 - 5/2/10

49 31 7 2 12
 

5/18-23/07

57 28 6 1 8
 

12/7-10/01

51 31 4 1 13
             

"Do you think the immigrants coming to this country today take jobs away from American citizens, or do they mostly take jobs Americans don't want?"

 
    Take jobs
from citizens
Take jobs
Americans
don't want
Both
(vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

5/7-11/14

22 66 6 6  
             

"Do you think the government should focus more on protecting the border and stopping the flow of illegal immigrants in the United States or more on helping illegal immigrants who are already here become part of American society?" Options rotated

 
    Protect
the border
Help become
part of
society
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

5/7-11/14

50 46 5    
             

"Would you support or oppose local police taking an active role in identifying undocumented or illegal immigrants?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

5/7-11/14

55 39 6    
             
 

If support:
"What if that meant that immigrants would be less likely to report a crime or volunteer information to the police? In that case, would you support or oppose local police taking an active role in identifying undocumented or illegal immigrants?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

5/7-11/14

75 18 7    

 

Pew Research Center. Feb. 14-23, 2014. N=1,821 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.6.

             

"As you may know, the number of undocumented immigrants deported from the U.S. has increased in the last few years. Do you think this is a good thing or a bad thing?"

 
    A good
thing
A bad
thing
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

2/14-23/14

45 45 9    

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2014. N=1,010 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Here are some questions about how the U.S. government should treat illegal immigrants who have been in this country for a number of years, hold a job, speak English and are willing to pay any back taxes that they owe.

"Would you favor or oppose a bill that allowed those immigrants to stay in this country rather than being deported and eventually allow them to apply for U.S. citizenship?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

81 17 2    
 

Democrats

88 11 1    
 

Independents

81 17 2    
 

Republicans

72 26 2    
             

"Would you favor or oppose a bill that allowed those immigrants to stay in this country rather than being deported but would not ever allow them to apply for U.S. citizenship?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

35 62 3    
 

Democrats

30 67 3    
 

Independents

37 61 3    
 

Republicans

37 59 4    

 

Quinnipiac University. Nov. 6-11, 2013. N=2,545 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 1.9.

             

"Which comes closest to your view about illegal immigrants who are currently living in the United States? (A) They should be allowed to stay in the United States and to eventually apply for U.S. citizenship. (B) They should be allowed to remain in the United States, but not be allowed to apply for U.S. citizenship. (C) They should be required to leave the U.S."

 
    Stay,
apply for
citizenship
Remain, not
apply for
citizenship
Be required
to leave
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

11/6-11/13

57 12 26 4  
 

6/28 - 7/8/13

54 12 28 6  
 

5/22-28/13

54 12 29 5  
 

4/25-29/13

52 11 30 6  
 

3/26 - 4/1/13

59 11 25 5  
 

1/30 - 2/4/13

56 10 30 4  
 

11/28 - 12/3/12

57 11 26 5  

 

Public Religion Research Institute. Nov. 6-10, 2013. N=1,005 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Which statement comes closest to your view about how the immigration system should deal with immigrants who are currently living in the U.S. illegally? The immigration system should allow them a way to become citizens provided they meet certain requirements, or allow them to become permanent legal residents but not citizens, or identify and deport them?"

 
    Citizens Permanent
legal
residents
Deport
them
None of
these
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

11/6-10/13

63 14 18 1 4
 

8/21-25/13

63 12 19 1 4
 

1/28 - 2/24/13

63 14 21 1 1
             

"Should U.S. immigration policy be an immediate priority for President Obama and Congress, be a priority but over the next couple of years, or should it not be a priority?"

 
    Immediate
priority
Priority
over next
couple years
Not a
priority
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

11/6-10/13

41 42 14 3  
             

"Do you think the current immigration system in the United States is generally working, working but with some major problems, broken but working in some areas, or completely broken?" If unsure/depends: "Just your general impression, do you think the current immigration system is generally working, working but with some major problems, broken but working in some areas, or completely broken?"

 
    Generally
working
Working
with major
problems
Working
in some
areas
Completely
broken
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

11/6-10/13

8 24 31 34 4
             

"Now, thinking about specific requirements that are being discussed by Congress as part of immigration reform policy, please tell me how you feel about the following.

"First, if it takes 13 years for someone to receive citizenship under a path to citizenship program, does that sound too long, too short, or about the right amount of time?"

 
    Too
long
Too
short
About
right
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

11/6-10/13

68 5 24 3  
 

8/21-25/13

62 6 27 5  
             

"Next, if it costs each person a total of 4,000 dollars in fines and fees to receive citizenship under a path to citizenship program, does that sound like too much, too little, or about the right amount of fines and fees?"

 
    Too
much
Too
little
About
right
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

11/6-10/13

43 16 35 7  
 

8/21-25/13

37 15 39 9  
             

"Overall, do you support or oppose a plan to increase U.S. border security that includes adding 20,000 border agents and 700 miles of fence along the border with Mexico at a cost of 46 billion dollars? ... Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?"

 
    Support
strongly
Support
somewhat
Oppose
somewhat
Oppose
strongly
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

11/6-10/13

28 21 19 26 6
 

8/21-25/13

26 20 21 26 7

 

CBS News Poll. Oct. 18-21, 2013. N=1,007 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Would you favor or oppose providing a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants in the U.S. if they met certain requirements including a waiting period, paying fines and back taxes, passing criminal background checks, and learning English?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

10/18-21/13

77 20 3    
 

Republicans

69 28 3    
 

Democrats

87 11 2    
 

Independents

75 22 3    
 
 

7/18-22/13

78 20 2    

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. July 28-31, 2013. N=1,468 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.6.

             

"As you may know, the U.S. Senate recently voted to pass legislation reforming the immigration system. The bill would allow illegal immigrants already in the country to become citizens after 13 years if they pay a fine and learn English. The bill would also double the number of border patrol agents, and double the amount of fencing along the Mexican border. In general, do you support or oppose this bill?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

ALL

64 31 6    
 

Republicans

60 33 7    
 

Democrats

73 22 5    
 

Independents

61 35 4    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). July 17-21, 2013. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Now, thinking about immigration, if Congress is unable to come to agreement on an immigration bill before the end of its current term who do you think will be most to blame: the Republicans in Congress, the Democrats in Congress, or President Obama?" Options rotated

 
    Republicans
in Congress
Democrats
in Congress
President
Obama
All equally to
blame (vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

7/17-21/13

44 14 21 11 10
             

"When you hear Republicans say that immigration reform must wait until the border is secure, do you think that is a legitimate concern that needs to be addressed first before immigration reform can take place, or they are using that as an excuse to block action on immigration reform?"

 
    Legitimate
concern
Excuse to
block action
Mixed
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

7/17-21/13

36 59 1 4  

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. July 10-14, 2013. N=1,004 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Overall, do you support or oppose a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants now living in the United States?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/10-14/13

55 41 4    
             

"Overall, do you support or oppose a plan to increase U.S. border security that includes adding 20,000 border agents and 700 miles of fence along the border with Mexico?" Half sample

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/10-14/13

64 32 3    
             

"Overall, do you support or oppose a plan to increase U.S. border security that includes adding 20,000 border agents and 700 miles of fence along the border with Mexico at a cost of 46 billion dollars?" Half sample

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/10-14/13

53 45 2    

 

United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. July 11-14, 2013. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.6.

             

"As you may know, the U.S. Senate recently voted to pass legislation reforming the immigration system. The bill would double the number of border patrol agents, double the amount of fencing along the Mexican border, and allow immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally to become citizens after 13 years if they pay a fine and learn English. The House of Representatives is now considering what to do with this bill. Which describes what you would like the House to do? Pass the Senate bill as is. Make the provisions for border security tougher and then pass the bill. Eliminate the provisions providing citizenship for illegal immigrants and then pass the bill. Not pass any immigration legislation."

 
    Pass the
bill as is
Make border
security
tougher
Eliminate
citizenship
provisions
Not pass any
immigration
legislation
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

7/11-14/13

29 30 13 20 9

 

Quinnipiac University. June 28-July 8, 2013. N=2,014 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.2.

             

"Do you think Republicans and Democrats in Congress will be able to work together to pass comprehensive immigration reform this year or not?"

 
    Yes No Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

6/28 - 7/8/13

27 69 5    
 

5/22-28/13

24 71 5    
             

"If your senator or Congress member supports the immigration legislation being considered in Washington, would that make you more likely to vote for that person, less likely to vote for that person, or wouldn't it make a difference?"

 
    More
likely
Less
likely
No
difference
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

6/28 - 7/8/13

28 19 47 6  

 

Gallup Poll. June 13-July 5, 2013. N=4,373 adults nationwide (margin of error 2). including, with an oversample, 2,149 non-Hispanic whites ( 3), 1,010 non-Hispanic blacks ( 5), 1,000 Hispanics ( 6).

             

"Just your opinion, which political party's policies on immigration and immigration reform come closer to your own: the Democratic Party or the Republican Party?" Options rotated

 
    Democratic
Party
Republican
Party
Both
equally
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

ALL

48 36 1 9 7
 

Non-Hispanic whites

41 42 1 9 6
 

Blacks

70 14 1 8 7
 

Hispanics

60 26 - 6 7
             

"How important is it that immigrants living in the United States learn to speak English: it is essential, it is important but not essential, it is not too important, or it is not at all important?"

 
    Essential Important
but not
essential
Not too
important
Not at all
important
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

6/13 - 7/5/13

72 24 2 1 1

 

United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. June 20-23, 2013. N=1,005 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.6.

             

"Do you think the U.S. should increase the number of high-skilled foreign workers who are eligible to live and work here, decrease the number, or keep it about the same?"

 
    Increase Decrease Keep about
the same
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

6/20-23/13

22 24 47 7  
             

"Do you think the U.S. should admit as many high-skilled foreign workers as companies want to hire, or should there be restrictions on the number of high skilled foreign workers allowed in the country?"

 
    As many as
they want
Should be
restrictions
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

6/20-23/13

29 61 10    
             

"As you may know, Congress is considering legislation that would provide legal status to immigrants now here illegally if they meet certain conditions, such as paying a fine and learning English. Regardless of whether you support such legal status, if Congress does provide it, do you believe these immigrants should be eligible for government benefits, such as Social Security, food stamps and Medicaid, before they become citizens, or not?"

 
    Should be Should
not be
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

6/20-23/13

20 77 3    
             

"If Congress does provide immigrants now here illegally with legal status, do you think they should be eligible for health care assistance under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, before they become citizens, or not?"

 
    Should be Should
not be
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

6/20-23/13

27 69 3    
             

"If your senator or representative voted for an immigration reform law that included a pathway to citizenship for people currently here illegally, would that make you more likely or less likely to support that official for reelection, or would it not make much difference either way?"

 
    More likely Less likely Would not
make much
difference
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

6/20-23/13

21 33 42 4  

 

Gallup Poll. June 15-16, 2013. N=1,015 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Next, suppose that on Election Day you could vote on key issues as well as candidates. Would you vote for or against a law that would allow illegal immigrants living in the U.S. the opportunity to become citizens after a long waiting period if they paid taxes and a penalty, pass a criminal background check, and learn English?"

 
    For Against Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/15-16/13

87 12 2    
             

"Would you vote for or against a law that would tighten U.S. border security and provide the Border Patrol with increased technology, infrastructure and personnel?"

 
    For Against Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/15-16/13

83 15 2    
             

"Would you vote for or against a law that would allow engineers and scientists from other countries who earn graduate degrees in the U.S. to remain in the U.S. to work?"

 
    For Against Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/15-16/13

78 19 3    
             

"Would you vote for or against a law that would require U.S. business owners to check the immigration status of any employees they hire, with stiff fines and penalties for employers who knowingly hire unauthorized workers?"

 
    For Against Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/15-16/13

77 21 3    
             

"Would you vote for or against a law that would allow employers to hire immigrants if it can be demonstrated that they were unsuccessful in recruiting an American to fill an open position?"

 
    For Against Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/15-16/13

55 40 5    
             

"Would you vote for or against a law that would vary the number of lower skilled immigrants allowed to enter the country depending on how the U.S. economy is doing?"

 
    For Against Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/15-16/13

53 42 5    

 

United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. June 13-16, 2013. N=1,004 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.6.

             

"Which comes closer to your view about how to handle immigrants who are now living in the U.S. illegally? They should not be allowed to stay in the country legally. There should be a way for those who meet certain requirements to stay in the country legally." Options rotated

 
    Not allowed
to stay
Stay
legally
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

6/13-16/13

25 71 4    
             

"Going forward, do you think this country's immigration system should give a higher priority to people who have job skills that are in demand, or people who come to the United States to unite with family members already here?" Options rotated

 
    People with
in-demand
job skills
People uniting
with family
members
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

6/13-16/13

48 33 19    
             

"Based on what you know, how secure would you say the nation's borders are today? Are they very secure, somewhat secure, not too secure, or not at all secure?"

 
    Very
secure
Somewhat
secure
Not too
secure
Not at all
secure
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

6/13-16/13

7 41 28 22 2
             

"Some in Congress say people who came here illegally should not be placed on a path to citizenship until the government meets high standards for securing our borders against further illegal immigration. Others say citizenship opportunities should NOT be linked to border security because unforeseen national security events could cause millions of immigrants' citizenship status to remain in legal limbo. Which comes closer to your own views?"

 
    Should
be linked
Should not
be linked
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

6/13-16/13

45 45 10    

 

Pew Research Center/USA Today. June 12-16, 2013. N=1,512 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.9.

             

"In your opinion, how likely is it that the president and Congress will pass significant new immigration legislation this year: very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not at all likely?"

 
    Very
likely
Somewhat
likely
Not too
likely
Not at
all likely
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

6/12-16/13

14 39 29 15 2
             

"As you may know, Congress is working on a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to stay in the country legally if they meet certain requirements. Please tell me whether you favor or oppose each of the following requirements. First, would you favor or oppose [see below]? How about [see below]?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 
 

"A ten-year waiting period for most undocumented immigrants before they could become permanent residents"

 

6/12-16/13

55 43 2    
             
 

"Requiring undocumented immigrants to pay fines before gaining legal status"

 

6/12-16/13

56 41 3    
             
 

"Requiring undocumented immigrants to show they can speak and understand English before gaining legal status"

 

6/12-16/13

76 23 1    
 

"Do you think legislation allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for legal status also needs to include increased border security measures, or not?"

 
    Needs to
include
Does not
need to
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

6/12-16/13

77 20 3    
             

"If Congress passes legislation that includes both increased border security measures and a plan for permanent legal status, do you think that undocumented immigrants already in the country should be allowed to apply for legal status only after effective control of U.S. borders has been established, or while improvements to border security are being made?"

 
    Only after While
being made
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

6/12-16/13

43 49 8    
             

"Just your best guess -- compared with ten years ago, do you think the number of immigrants entering the U.S. illegally today is higher, lower, or about the same?"

 
    Higher Lower About
the same
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

6/12-16/13

55 15 27 3  

 

CNN/ORC Poll. June 11-13, 2013. N=1,014 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"The U.S. Senate is considering an immigration bill that would attempt to increase border security and create a path to citizenship for many immigrants who are in this country without permission from the U.S. government. Based on what you have read or heard about this bill, do you favor or oppose it?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/11-13/13

51 45 4    
             

"What should be the main focus of the U.S. government in dealing with immigration policy? Creating a path to citizenship for many immigrants who are in this country without permission from the U.S. government. Increasing border security to reduce or eliminate the number of immigrants coming into this country without permission from the U.S. government."

 
    Path to
citizenship
Border
security
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/11-13/13

36 62 2    

 

Bloomberg National Poll conducted by Selzer & Company. May 31-June 3, 2013. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Congress is debating changing immigration laws. Do you support or oppose a revision of immigration policies that would provide a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/31 - 6/3/13

46 45 9    
             

"For each of the following elements that might be part of a new law, please tell me if you favor or oppose it as part of an immigration bill. . . ."

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"Allowing immigrants living in the country illegally to become citizens, provided they don't have criminal records, they pay fines and back taxes, and they wait more than 10 years"

 

5/31 - 6/3/13

74 21 5    
             
 

"Strengthening border security and creating a system to track foreigners entering and leaving the country"

 

5/31 - 6/3/13

85 12 3    
             
 

"Requiring employers to check potential employees' immigration status or face penalties"

 

5/31 - 6/3/13

85 13 2    
             
 

"Deporting those living in the United States illegally and increasing border security so no immigrants can enter the country without permission"

 

5/31 - 6/3/13

65 29 6    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). May 30-June 2, 2013. N=1,000 adults nationwide.

             

"How upset will you be if Congress does not pass an immigration bill by the end of its current session: very upset, somewhat upset, not too upset, or not at all upset?" Half sample (Form A)

 
    Very
upset
Somewhat
upset
Not too
upset
Not at
all upset
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/30 - 6/2/13

21 26 21 26 6
             

"And, thinking about the immigration reform bill currently being considered by Congress: If a proposed pathway to citizenship allowed foreigners staying illegally in the United States the opportunity to eventually become legal American citizens, would you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose this proposal?" Half sample (Form A)

 
    Strongly
favor
Somewhat
favor
Somewhat
oppose
Strongly
oppose
Depends
(vol.)/Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/30 - 6/2/13

22 30 22 21 5
             

"And, thinking about the immigration reform bill currently being considered by Congress: If a proposed pathway to citizenship allowed foreigners staying illegally in the United States the opportunity to eventually become legal American citizens if they pay a fine, any back taxes, pass a security background check, and take other required steps, would you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose this proposal?" Half sample (Form B)

 
    Strongly
favor
Somewhat
favor
Somewhat
oppose
Strongly
oppose
Depends
(vol.)/Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/30 - 6/2/13

32 33 11 20 4

 

Quinnipiac University. May 22-28, 2013. N=1,419 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.6.

             

"If a candidate for Congress supports a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, would that make you more likely to vote for that candidate, less likely to vote for that candidate, or wouldn't it make a difference?"

 
    More
likely
Less
likely
No
difference
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

5/22-28/13

26 24 44 5  

 

Public Religion Research Institute. May 15-19, 2013. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"I'd like to get your views on some issues that are being discussed in the country today. All in all, do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose allowing gay and lesbian Americans married to foreigners to sponsor their spouses for residency in the U.S., as heterosexual married Americans may do?"

 
    Strongly
favor
Favor Oppose Strongly
oppose
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

5/15-19/13

16 29 25 24 5

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. May 16-19, 2013. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Would you support or oppose a program giving undocumented immigrants now living in the United States the right to live here legally if they pay a fine and meet other requirements?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/16-19/13

58 38 4    
 

4/11-14/13

62 34 4    
             
 

If support path to legal status:
"If you agreed with a political candidate on other issues, could you support a candidate for Congress who voted against a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants, or not?"

 
    Could
support
Could not
support
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/16-19/13

48 44 9    
             
 

If oppose path to legal status:
"If you agreed with a political candidate on other issues, could you support a candidate for Congress who voted in favor of a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants, or not?"

 
    Could
support
Could not
support
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/16-19/13

31 60 9    
 

"Which of these would you prefer: to have Congress enact stricter border control now and put off consideration of a path to legal status for later, to have Congress enact a path to legal status now and put off consideration of stricter border control for later, to do both now, or not to do either?"

 
    Stricter
border
control now
Path to
legal status
now
Do both
now
Not do
either
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/16-19/13

34 18 33 11 4

 

Pew Research Center. May 1-5, 2013. N=1,504 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.9.

             

"Now thinking about the way some things work in this country: Do you think immigration policy in this country works pretty well and requires only MINOR CHANGES, do you think it needs MAJOR CHANGES, or do you think it needs to be COMPLETELY REBUILT?"

 
    Minor
changes
Major
changes
Completely
rebuilt
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

5/1-5/13

21 39 35 4  
 

6/15-19/11

26 43 24 6  
 

2/06

23 41 27 9  
             

"Which comes closer to your view about how to handle immigrants who are now living in the U.S. illegally? They should not be allowed to stay in the country legally. There should be a way for those who meet certain requirements to stay in the country legally." If allowed to stay: "And do you think immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally and meet the requirements should be able to apply for U.S. citizenship, OR, be able to apply for permanent residency, but not U.S. citizenship?" Combined responses.

 
    NOT stay Stay:
Citizenship
Stay:
Permanent
residency
Stay:
Unsure/
Refused
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

5/1-5/13

25 44 25 4 3
 

3/13-17/13

27 43 24 4 2
             

"Should LEGAL immigration into the United States be kept at its present level, increased or decreased?"

 
    Kept at
present level
Increased Decreased Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

5/1-5/13

31 25 36 8  
 

3/06

37 17 40 6  
             

"When it comes to reducing illegal immigration at U.S. borders, do you think there is a lot more the government can do, somewhat more, not much more, or nothing more that can be done?"

 
    A lot more Somewhat
more
Not much
more
Nothing
more
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

5/1-5/13

53 30 8 5 4
             

"In your own view, do you feel that giving people who came to the U.S. illegally a way to gain legal status is like rewarding them for doing something wrong, or don't you think of it this way?"

 
    Is like
rewarding
Don't think
of it this way
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

5/1-5/13

37 56 7    

 

Quinnipiac University. April 25-29, 2013. N=1,471 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.6.

             

"Have the Boston marathon bombings changed your opinion regarding whether there should be a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants currently living in the United States?"

 
    Yes No Unsure/No
answer
   
    % % %    
 

4/25-29/13

23 70 6    
             

"Do you think allowing more illegal immigrants who are living in the U.S. a path to citizenship would increase the likelihood of terrorism, decrease the likelihood of terrorism, or wouldn't it make a difference?"

 
    Increase Decrease Not make a
difference
Unsure/No
answer
 
    % % % %  
 

4/25-29/13

22 7 66 6  

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. April 24-28, 2013. N=965 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Should LEGAL immigration into the United States be kept at its present level, increased, or decreased?"

 
    Present
level
Increased Decreased Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

4/24-28/13

35 25 31 8  
 

9/10-15/11

36 19 38 7  
 

4/28 - 5/2/10

44 17 31 8  
             

"Which comes closest to your view about illegal immigrants who are currently working in the U.S.? They should be allowed to stay in their jobs and to eventually apply for U.S. citizenship. OR, They should be allowed to stay in their jobs only as guest workers, but not to apply for U.S. citizenship. OR, They should be required to leave their jobs and leave the U.S."
12/11 - 6/12: "Which comes closest to your view about illegal immigrants who are currently working in the U.S.? They should be allowed to stay in their jobs and to eventually apply for U.S. citizenship. OR, They should be allowed to stay in their jobs only as temporary guest workers, but not to apply for U.S. citizenship. OR, They should be required to leave their jobs and leave the U.S."

 
    Stay, apply
for citizenship
Stay as
guest workers
Leave
the U.S.
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

4/24-28/13

43 21 32 3  
 

2/23-27/13

56 19 20 5  
 

2/6-10/13

53 21 21 5  
 

1/24-27/13

51 20 24 5  
 

12/12-16/12

47 24 27 3  
 

10/25-28/12

51 20 24 5  
 

5/31 - 6/3/12

43 21 32 4  
 

2/8-13/12

42 22 30 6  
 

12/14-18/11

44 26 26 4  
 

9/10-15/11

37 20 38 5  
 

4/28 - 5/2/10

43 21 32 4  
             

"Would you favor or oppose providing a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants in the U.S. if they met certain requirements, like paying fines and back taxes, passing criminal background checks and learning English?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

4/24-28/13

83 14 3    
             

"Do you favor or oppose creating a federal employment verification system, that all employers would be required to use to confirm that new hires are legally authorized to work in the U.S.?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

4/24-28/13

80 15 5    
             

"When the U.S. government is deciding which immigrants to admit to this country, should priority be given to people who have family members already living in the U.S., or should priority be given to people based on education, job skills and work experience?"

 
    Family
members
Education,
skills
It depends
(vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

4/24-28/13

27 58 8 7  
 

5/18-23/07

34 51 5 10  

 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). April 20-22, 2013. N=1,009 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.
2010 & earlier: Conducted by Opinion Dynamics Corp.

             

"Do you think the United States should increase or decrease the number of LEGAL immigrants allowed to move to this country?"

 
    Increase Decrease No change
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/20-22/13

28 55 10 7  
 

5/18-19/10

31 43 17 9  
 

7/11-12/06

24 51 17 8  
             

"In general, do you think immigrants who come to the United States today join society and give to the country or stay separate from society and take from the country?"

 
    Join, give Separate,
take
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/20-22/13

50 38 7 5  
             

"Do you think ILLEGAL immigration into the United States is more of a problem than it was five years ago, less of a problem, or is it about the same?"

 
    More Less Same Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/20-22/13

47 10 42 2  
             

"Do you think the current level of security at the country's borders is too strict, not strict enough or about right?"

 
    Too strict Not strict
enough
About
right
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/20-22/13

3 60 32 4  
 

5/18-19/10

2 76 18 3  
 

8/29-30/06

4 77 15 4  
             

"Do you favor or oppose allowing illegal immigrants to remain in the country and eventually qualify for U.S. citizenship, as long as they meet certain requirements like paying back taxes, learning English, and passing a background check?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/20-22/13

78 21 1    
 

2/25-27/13

72 25 2    
             

"Do you favor or oppose requiring completion of new border security measures first -- before making other changes to immigration policies?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/20-22/13

68 22 10    
 

2/25-27/13

69 25 6    

 

USA Today Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. April 18-21, 2013. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Do you favor or oppose stronger enforcement of our current immigration laws and better border control?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

4/18-21/13

80 15 5    
             

"Do you favor or oppose creating a way for illegal immigrants already here to become citizens if they meet certain requirements?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

4/18-21/13

71 25 4    
             

"Which problem concerns you the most: the problem of preventing illegal immigration in the future, or the problem of how to deal with illegal immigrants already in the U.S.?"

 
    Preventing
in future
Dealing with
those in U.S.
Both
equally (vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

4/18-21/13

55 33 6 6  

 

AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications. April 11-15, 2013. N=1,004 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.9.

             

"Do you favor or oppose providing a legal way for illegal immigrants already in the United States to become U.S. citizens?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure Refused  
    % % % %  
 

4/11-15/13

63 34 3 1  
 

1/10-14/13

62 35 2 -  
 

8/11-16/10

50 48 2 -  
 

9/3-8/09

47 50 2 1  

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. April 11-14, 2013. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Would you support or oppose a program giving ILLEGAL immigrants now living in the United States the right to live here LEGALLY if they pay a fine and meet other requirements?" Half sample

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/11-14/13

64 32 4    
 

6/3-6/10

57 40 3    
 

4/21-24/09

61 35 3    
             

"Would you support or oppose a program giving UNDOCUMENTED immigrants now living in the United States the right to live here LEGALLY if they pay a fine and meet other requirements?" Half sample

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/11-14/13

62 34 4    
             
 

If support path to legal status:
"Do you think a law allowing people to apply for citizenship should take effect only after border control has been improved, or should take effect without being linked to border control efforts?"
Options rotated

 
    After
improved
Without
being linked
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/11-14/13

50 44 6    
             
 

If support path to legal status:
"If it takes 13 years for someone to receive citizenship under a path-to-citizenship program, does that sound too long, too short, or about the right amount of time?"
Options rotated

 
    Too long Too short About right Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/11-14/13

69 4 25 2  
 

"Would you support or oppose each of the following items. First is [see below]?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"More visas for highly skilled workers from other countries"

 

4/11-14/13

60 37 3    
             
 

"A guest worker program for low-skilled workers from other countries"

 

4/11-14/13

56 40 5    
             
 

"Reducing the number of visas for family members of legal immigrants"

 

4/11-14/13

41 53 6    
             
 

"Higher federal spending on border control"

 

4/11-14/13

67 29 4    
             
 

"Requiring all businesses to check on the immigration status of potential employees"

 

4/11-14/13

83 15 2    

 

Gallup Poll. April 9-10, 2013. Adults nationwide.

             

"Suppose that on Election Day you could vote on key issues as well as candidates. Would you vote for or against a law that would allow illegal immigrants living in the United States the chance to become permanent legal residents if they meet certain requirements?" N=500, margin of error 6

 
    Would
vote for
Would vote
against
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/9-10/13

69 29 2    
             

"Suppose that on Election Day you could vote on key issues as well as candidates. Would you vote for or against a law that would allow illegal immigrants living in the United States the chance to become U.S. citizens if they meet certain requirements?" N=518, margin of error 6

 
    Would
vote for
Would vote
against
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/9-10/13

65 32 2    
             

"Suppose that on Election Day you could vote on key issues as well as candidates. Would you vote for or against a law creating a work visa program that allows a specified number of immigrants into the U.S. every year to work at generally lesser-skilled jobs?" N=519, margin of error 6

 
    Would
vote for
Would vote
against
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/9-10/13

52 44 4    
             

"Suppose that on Election Day you could vote on key issues as well as candidates. Would you vote for or against a law creating a work visa program that allows a specified number of immigrants into the U.S. every year to work at generally lesser-skilled jobs, with the number of yearly visas determined by a government bureau?" N=499, margin of error 6

 
    Would
vote for
Would vote
against
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/9-10/13

51 46 2    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). April 5-8, 2013. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Which of these statements comes closer to your point of view? Statement A: Immigration adds to our character and strengthens the United States because it brings diversity, new workers, and new creative talent to this country. Statement B: Immigration detracts from our character and weakens the United States because it puts too many burdens on government services, causes language barriers, and creates housing problems."

 
    Strengthens
the U.S.
Weakens
the U.S.
Depends/
Both (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/5-8/13

54 36 6 4  
 

5/20-23/10

47 44 5 4  
 

3/31 - 4/3/05

41 48 10 1  
             

"When it comes to dealing with immigration, which party do you think would do a better job: the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, or both about the same? If you think that neither would do a good job, please just say so."

 
    Democratic
Party
Republican
Party
About
the same
Neither Unsure
    % % % % %
 

4/5-8/13

26 19 21 33 1
             

"As you may know, there is a proposal to create a pathway to citizenship that would allow foreigners who have jobs but are staying illegally in the United States the opportunity to eventually become legal American citizens. Do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose this proposal?"

 
    Strongly
favor
Somewhat
favor
Somewhat
oppose
Strongly
oppose
Depends
(vol.)
    % % % % %
 

4/5-8/13

29 35 14 21 1
             

"And, thinking some more about this: If a proposed pathway to citizenship allowed foreigners who have jobs but are staying illegally in the United States the opportunity to eventually become legal American citizens if they pay a fine, any back taxes, pass a security background check, and take other required steps, would you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose this proposal?"

 
    Strongly
favor
Somewhat
favor
Somewhat
oppose
Strongly
oppose
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

4/5-8/13

39 37 9 14 1
             

"And, do you think immigrants who have jobs but are staying illegally in the United States should be eligible for U.S. citizenship immediately after they apply for citizenship, only after being in the country for five more years after they apply, only after being in the U.S. for ten more years after they apply, or should never be eligible for U.S. citizenship?"

 
    Immediately After
5 years
After
10 years
Never Depends
(vol.)/Unsure
    % % % % %
 

4/5-8/13

18 51 12 14 5
             

"From what you have seen read or heard about the U.S. border with Mexico, would you say the border is totally secure, mostly secure, mostly not secure, totally not secure, or do you not know enough about this to have an opinion at this time?"

 
    Totally
secure
Mostly
secure
Mostly
not secure
Totally
not secure
Don't know
enough
    % % % % %
 

4/5-8/13

1 17 38 25 19

 

CNN/ORC Poll. April 5-7, 2013. N=1,012 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Would you favor or oppose creating a program that would allow illegal immigrants already living in the United States for a number of years to stay in this country and apply for U.S. citizenship if they had a job and paid back taxes?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/5-7/13

84 16 1    
 

7/16-21/10

81 19 -    
 

5/21-23/10

80 19 1    
 

5/4-6/07

80 19 1    
 

4/10-12/07

77 21 2    
 

5/16-17/06

79 18 3    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. March 27-30, 2013. N=1,014 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Overall, do you support or oppose a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/27-30/13

57 40 4    
 

1/30 - 2/3/13

55 41 4    
 

11/7-11/12

57 39 4    
             

"Overall, do you support or oppose stricter border control to try to reduce illegal immigration?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/27-30/13

80 17 2    
 

1/30 - 2/3/13

83 15 2    
             

"Overall, do you support or oppose allowing more highly skilled non-Americans to live and work in the United States?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/27-30/13

72 27 1    

 

Pew Research Center. March 13-17, 2013. N=1,501 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.9.

             

"Here are some pairs of statements. Please tell me whether the FIRST statement or the SECOND statement comes closer to your own views -- even if neither is exactly right. The first pair is:

"Immigrants today strengthen our country because of their hard work and talents. Immigrants today are a burden on our country because they take our jobs, housing and health care."

 
    Strengthen
our country
A burden on
our country
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

3/13-17/13

49 41 10    
 

1/4-8/12

48 37 15    
 

2/22 - 3/14/11

45 44 12    
             

"The growing number of newcomers from other countries threatens traditional American customs and values. The growing number of newcomers from other countries strengthens American society."

 
    Threatens
customs
and values
Strengthens
society
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

3/13-17/13

43 52 6    
 

2/22 - 3/14/11

39 52 9    
             

"Which comes closer to your view about how to handle immigrants who are now living in the U.S. illegally? They should not be allowed to stay in the country legally. There should be a way for those who meet certain requirements to stay in the country legally."

 
    NOT stay Stay Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

ALL

27 71 2    
 

Republicans

34 64 2    
 

Democrats

21 76 3    
 

Independents

29 70 2    

 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). Feb. 25-27, 2013. N=1,010 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you favor or oppose allowing illegal immigrants to remain in the country and eventually qualify for U.S. citizenship, as long as they meet certain requirements like paying back taxes, learning English, and passing a background check?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

72 25 2    
 

Democrats

82 16 2    
 

Republicans

63 35 2    
 

Independents

70 27 3    
             

"Do you favor or oppose strengthening border security and figuring out ways to prevent illegal immigrants from entering the United States?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/25-27/13

84 13 3    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Feb. 21-24, 2013. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

               

"As you may know, there is a proposal to allow foreigners who have jobs but are staying illegally in the United States to apply for legal status. Do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose this proposal?"

 
    Strongly
favor
Somewhat
favor
Somewhat
oppose
Strongly
oppose
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % % %
 

2/21-24/13

19 35 17 25 2 2
 

1/12-15/13

20 32 18 28 1 1

 

Public Religion Research Institute/Brookings Institution. Jan. 28-Feb. 24, 2013. N=4,465 adults nationwide. Margin of error 1.7.

             

"I'd like to get your views on some issues that are being discussed in the country today. All in all, do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose allowing illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to gain legal resident status if they join the military or go to college?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/28 - 2/24/13

61 34 4    
 

6/20-24/12

55 41 4    

 

Bloomberg National Poll conducted by Selzer & Company. Feb. 15-18, 2013. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Congress is debating changing immigration laws to deal with those already in the country illegally. Which of the following do you support most? A path to citizenship now for those who don't have criminal records, have paid taxes, learn English and pay a fine. A path to legal status now, but not citizenship, for those who don't have criminal records, have paid taxes, learn English and pay a fine. A path to citizenship or legal status but only after measurable improvements have been made in border security. No path to citizenship or legal status; they should be required to go home and reapply for entry into the country."

 
        %    
 

Path to citizenship

35    
 

Path to legal status, not citizenship

18    
 

Citizenship or legal status if border improvements

18    
 

Required to go home and reapply for entry

23    
 

Unsure

6    
             

"Which of the following groups should get top priority if Congress decides to grant more work visas to immigrants? High-skilled workers, such as engineers. Low-skilled workers, such as construction and hotel employees. Agriculture workers. Immigrants who are reuniting with their families." Options rotated

 
      %      
 

High-skilled workers

29      
 

Low-skilled workers

14      
 

Agriculture workers

15      
 

Immigrants reuniting with families

24      
 

None of these (vol.)

5      
 

Unsure

13      

 

CBS News Poll. Feb. 6-10, 2013. N=1,148 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"In general, do you favor or oppose providing a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants under 30 who were brought to the U.S. as children as long as they do not have a criminal record and obtain either two years of college or military service?"

 
    Favor Oppose Depends
(vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

2/6-10/13

74 18 3 5  

 

Gallup Poll. Jan. 30-31, 2013. N=1,019 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Next, suppose that on Election Day you could vote on key issues as well as candidates. Would you vote for or against a law that would [see below]?"

 
    For Against Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"Require employers to verify that all new hires are living in the U.S. legally"

 

1/30-31/13

85 13 2    
 
 

"Allow undocumented immigrants living in the United States the chance to become legal residents or citizens if they meet certain requirements"

 

1/30-31/13

72 25 2    
 
 

"Create a system to track the departures of foreigners who enter the U.S. through airports and seaports"

 

1/30-31/13

71 24 5    
 
 

"Increase the number of visas for legal immigrants who have advanced skills in technology and science"

 

1/30-31/13

71 27 2    
 
 

"Increase government spending on security measures and enforcement at U.S. borders"

 

1/30-31/13

68 29 2    

 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). Jan. 15-17, 2013. N=1,008 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Which of the following comes closest to your view about what government policy should be toward illegal immigrants currently in the United States? Should the government send all illegal immigrants back to their home country; have a guest worker program that allows immigrants to remain in the United States to work, but only for a limited amount of time; OR, allow illegal immigrants to remain in the country and eventually qualify for U.S. citizenship, but only if they meet certain requirements like paying back taxes, learning English, and passing a background check?"

 
    Send back
to home
country
Have a
guest worker
program
Apply for
citizenship
if meet
requirements
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/15-17/13

17 13 66 3  
 

12/5-7/11

19 13 66 2  

 

AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications. Jan. 10-14, 2013. N=1,004 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"As you may know, President Obama announced in 2012 that illegal immigrants 30 years old or younger who were brought to the United States as children could obtain work permits if they meet certain criteria and do not have a criminal record. Do you favor, oppose or neither favor nor oppose this policy?"

 
    Favor Oppose Neither Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/10-14/13

63 20 16 1  

Immigration continued


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