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United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Nov. 8-11, 2012. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.7.

             

"Some experts believe there are as many as 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States today. Which ONE of the following steps, if any, do you think the government should take to deal with illegal immigrants? Deport ALL illegal immigrants, no matter how long they have been in the U.S. Deport SOME, but allow those who have been here for many years and have broken no other laws to stay here legally. OR, Allow ALL illegal immigrants to stay, provided they have broken no other laws and commit to learning English and U.S. history."

 
    Deport all Stay if
here for
many years
Stay if learn
English and
U.S. history
None of the
above (vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

11/8-11/12

17 43 33 3 4
 

5/3-6/12

17 44 33 3 4

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Sept. 28-30, 2012. N=446 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 4.5.

             

"Earlier this year, Barack Obama announced that the U.S. government would no longer deport illegal immigrants under the age of 30 if they were brought to this country by their parents when they were children. To qualify for this treatment, they must not have a criminal record and be in school or the military or have a high school diploma. Do you think this policy goes too far, does not go far enough, or is about right?"

 
    Too far Not far
enough
About
right
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/28-30/12

18 15 64 3  

 

Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation Poll. July 25-Aug. 5, 2012. N=3,130 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.

             

"Do you think ILLEGAL immigrants who are living and working in the United States now should be offered a chance to keep their jobs and eventually apply for legal status, or do you think they should be deported back to their native country?" Options rotated

 
    Offered
a chance
Deported Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/25 - 8/5/12

61 35 3    

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. July 1-8, 2012. N=2,722 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 1.9.

             

"As you may know, the Obama administration has announced a new policy in which young illegal immigrants who came to the country as children will be able to obtain work permits and will not face deportation. Do you support or oppose this new policy?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

55 39 6    
 

Republicans

29 64 7    
 

Democrats

80 18 3    
 

Independents

55 38 7    
             

"As you may know, in 2010 the state of Arizona passed a law that requires police to verify the legal status of someone they have already stopped or arrested if they suspect that the person is in the country illegally. Do you approve or disapprove of Arizona's immigration law?"
2011: "As you may know, last year . . . ."

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/1-8/12

64 32 4    
 

4/11-17/12

68 27 5    
 

2/14-20/12

64 32 4    
 

10/25-31/11

61 34 5    
             

"Would you want to see a similar law passed in your state, requiring police to verify the legal status of someone they have already stopped or arrested if they suspect that the person is in the country illegally?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/1-8/12

61 34 4    

 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). June 24-26, 2012. N=912 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"As you may have heard, President Barack Obama announced the government will stop deportation and grant work permits for certain illegal immigrants under the age of thirty who were brought to the United States as children. Do you favor or oppose this change to immigration policy?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/24-26/12

54 36 9    

 

Bloomberg National Poll conducted by Selzer & Company. June 15-18, 2012. N=734 likely voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.6.

             

"President Obama announced that the U.S. would halt the deportation of some illegal immigrants if they came here before age 16, have been in the country for five years, have no criminal record, are in school or have a high school diploma or have been honorably discharged from the military. Do you agree or disagree with this new policy?"

 
    Agree Disagree Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/15-18/12

64 30 6    

 

Pew Research Center. June 7-17, 2012. N=2,013 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.5.

             

"As you may know, two years ago the state of Arizona passed a law that requires police to verify the legal status of someone they have already stopped or arrested if they suspect that the person is in the country illegally. Do you approve or disapprove of Arizona's immigration law?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/7-17/12

58 38 4    

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. May 31-June 3, 2012. N=976 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"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."
Note: "Temporary" added 12/11.

 
    Stay, apply
for citizenship
Stay as
guest workers
Leave
the U.S.
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

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  
             

"Do you think laws regarding illegal immigrants should be determined only by the federal government, only by state governments, or should laws regarding illegal immigrants be determined by both the federal government and state governments?"

 
    Only federal
government
Only state
governments
Both federal
and state
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/31 - 6/3/12

25 11 62 2  
             

"As you may know, the state of Arizona passed a law that gives the police the power to question someone they have already stopped, detained, or arrested, about their legal status in the country. The law requires people to produce documents verifying their status if asked. Do you think this law goes too far in dealing with the issue of ILLEGAL immigration, doesn't go far enough, or is about right?"

 
    Too far Not far
enough
About right Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/31 - 6/3/12

33 11 52 4  
 

8/20-24/10

26 14 59 1  
 

7/9-12/10

23 17 57 3  
 

5/20-24/10

28 17 52 3  

 

CNN/ORC Poll. May 29-31, 2012. N=1,009 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"As you may know, when police officers in Arizona arrest or detain someone who they suspect is an illegal immigrant, state law requires the police to check whether that person is in the U.S. legally and that person is required by law to produce documents verifying their status. Do you favor or oppose this law?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/29-31/12

75 24 1    

 

United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. May 3-6, 2012. N=999 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.6.

             

"As you may know, the Supreme Court recently heard arguments for and against a law passed by the state of Arizona dealing with illegal immigration. As I describe some parts of the law, tell me if you approve or disapprove of each. First/Next, do you approve or disapprove of [see below]?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"Allowing police to question anyone who they think may be in the country illegally"

 

5/3-6/12

57 38 5    
             
 

"Requiring people to produce documents verifying their legal status if police ask for them"

 

5/3-6/12

68 28 3    
             
 

"Allowing police to detain anyone who cannot verify their legal status"

 

5/3-6/12

53 41 6    
             
 

"Making it a crime for anyone in the country illegally to look for or accept work"

 

5/3-6/12

47 47 6    
             

"Congress is considering different options for how to treat young people who were brought to the U.S. as children by parents who are illegal immigrants. Some of these young people are attending college or have enlisted in the U.S. military. When it comes to young people in these situations, do you think Congress should allow them to remain in the U.S. legally and guarantee them that they can become American citizens if they complete their studies or military service, OR, allow them to remain in the U.S. legally and apply for citizenship if they complete their studies or military service but NOT guarantee them that they can become American citizens, OR, not allow them to remain in the U.S. at all?"

 
    Guarantee
them
citizenship
Allow them
to apply for
citizenship
Not allow
them to
remain at all
Neither/
Other (vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/3-6/12

49 35 10 6 1
             

"Some experts believe there are as many as 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States today. Which ONE of the following steps, if any, do you think the government should take to deal with illegal immigrants? Deport ALL illegal immigrants, no matter how long they have been in the U.S. Deport SOME, but allow those who have been here for many years and have broken no other laws to stay here legally. OR, Allow ALL illegal immigrants to stay, provided they have broken no other laws and commit to learning English and U.S. history."

 
    Deport all Stay if
here for
many years
Stay if learn
English and
U.S. history
None of the
above (vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/3-6/12

17 44 33 3 4

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. April 11-17, 2012. N=2,577 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 1.9.

             

"The Supreme Court will hear a challenge to Arizona's immigration law. Do you want the Supreme Court to uphold Arizona's immigration law or overturn it?"

 
    Uphold Overturn Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/11-17/12

62 27 10    
 

2/14-20/12

61 31 8    

 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). April 9-11, 2012. N=910 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.
2010: Conducted by Opinion Dynamics Corp.

             

"Do you believe individual states should have the right to make their own immigration laws and protect their borders, if they believe the federal government has failed to act, or not?"

 
    Should have
the right
Should not
have the
right
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/9-11/12

65 31 4    
 

5/18-19/10

65 32 3    
             

"In 2010, Arizona passed an immigration law that requires people to show documents proving their immigration status if government officials have reasonable cause to ask for them and allows police to detain anyone who cannot prove their immigration status. Do you favor or oppose this law?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/9-11/12

65 31 4    

 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). Dec. 5-7, 2011. N=911 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you favor or oppose increasing the number of LEGAL immigrants allowed to come to the United States, as long as they agree to work, pay taxes and obey the law?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/5-7/11

63 33 4    
             

"Do you favor or oppose allowing local boards to determine whether illegal immigrants can stay in the United States based on factors such as how long the immigrants have lived here, if they have a family, a job and are paying taxes, and have other ties to the community?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

51 44 5    
 

Democrats

56 41 3    
 

Republicans

51 43 6    
 

Independents

43 52 5    

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Nov. 18-20, 2011. N=1,019 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?"

 
    Legal
residency
Stopping flow,
deporting
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/18-20/11

42 55 3    
 

7/16-21/10

42 57 1    
 

5/21-23/10

38 60 2    
             

"How much sympathy do you have for illegal immigrants and their families? Would you say you feel very sympathetic toward them, somewhat sympathetic, somewhat unsympathetic or very unsympathetic?"

 
    Very
sympathetic
Somewhat
sympathetic
Somewhat
unsympathetic
Very
unsympathetic
 
    % % % %  
 

11/18-20/11

18 49 17 16  
             

"Would you favor or oppose building a fence along 700 miles of the border with Mexico?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/18-20/11

53 45 2    
 

6/26-29/08

52 47 1    
 

9/29 - 10/2/06

54 44 2    

 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). Oct. 23-25, 2011. N=904 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you think illegal immigrants who have lived in the United States since they were children should be eligible for legal citizenship, or not?"

 
    Should be Should
not be
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

10/23-25/11

63 31 6    

 

Washington Post/Bloomberg News Poll. Oct. 6-9, 2011. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Some U.S. companies say they can't find enough highly-skilled Americans to fill jobs. One proposal is to increase the number of visas for foreign workers with advanced degrees in math, science, and engineering so they can fill those jobs in the U.S. Do you support or oppose this idea?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure Refused  
    % % % %  
 

10/6-9/11

31 59 8 2  

 

CBS News Poll. Sept. 28-Oct. 2, 2011. N=1,012 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you favor or oppose allowing the children of illegal immigrants to attend state college at the lower tuition rate of state residents?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/28 - 10/2/11

25 68 7    

 

Time Poll conducted by Abt SRBI. June 20-21, 2011. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"The 14th amendment says that any person born in the United States or its territories is automatically considered a U.S. citizen. Some people say that the 14th amendment encourages foreigners to come to the United States solely to enable their future children to be U.S. citizens. Other people say that this is a minor problem and that the Constitution should not be amended for this reason. Which view is closest to your own: revise the Constitution's 14th Amendment, or not?"

 
    Revise Do not
revise
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

6/20-21/11

35 62 3    

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Jan. 14-16, 2011. N=1,032 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"I'm going to read a list of actions Congress could take this year. Please say whether you strongly favor, favor, oppose or strongly oppose Congress doing each of the following this year. How about . . . ?"

 
    Strongly
favor
Favor Oppose Strongly
oppose
Unsure
    % % % % %
 
 

"Take steps to deny automatic citizenship to children born in the U.S. whose parents are illegal immigrants"

 

1/14-16/11

22 22 26 28 3
 
 

"Pass a bill to give some illegal immigrants living in the U.S. a path to legal status"

 

1/14-16/11

13 30 25 30 2

 

Gallup Poll. Dec. 3-6, 2010. N=1,003 adults nationwide, interviewed via Gallup Daily tracking. Margin of error 4.

             

"Suppose that on Election Day you could vote on key issues as well as candidates. Please tell me whether you would vote for or against a law that would do each of the following. First, would you vote for or against a law that would allow illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to gain legal resident status if they join the military or go to college?"

 
    Vote for Vote against Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/3-6/10

54 42 4    

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Nov. 19-21, 2010. N=1,037 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"As you may know, Congress is considering several issues during its lame duck session between now and the end of the year. The lame duck session includes many current members of Congress who will leave when the new Congress takes over in January. How important is it to you that the current lame duck Congress complete action on each of the following this year: very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all? How about passing legislation that would allow illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to gain legal resident status if they join the military or go to college?"

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

11/19-21/10

31 29 16 22 3

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Nov. 11-15, 2010. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

               

"As you may know, there is a proposal in Congress to allow foreigners who have jobs but are staying illegally in the United States to apply for legal, temporary-worker 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
    % % % % % %
 

11/11-15/10

14 29 16 39 1 1

 

Pew Research/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management. Sept. 9-12, 2010. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"As you may know, under the U.S. Constitution, all children born in the U.S. are automatically U.S. citizens, including those born to illegal immigrants. Would you favor changing the Constitution so that parents must be legal residents of the U.S. in order for their newborn child to be a citizen, or should the Constitution be left as it is?"

 
    Change it Leave as is Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/9-12/10

46 49 6    

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. Aug. 31-Sept. 7, 2010. N=1,905 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.3.

             

"Do you think immigration reform should primarily move in the direction of integrating illegal immigrants into American society, or in the direction of stricter enforcement of laws against illegal immigration?"

 
    Integrating
immigrants
Stricter
enforcement
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/31 - 9/7/10

24 68 9    
 

7/13-19/10

22 69 8    
 

5/19-24/10

26 66 8    
             

"As you may know, under our constitution and current laws, all children born in the United States are automatically granted citizenship. Do you think we should continue to grant citizenship to all children born in the U.S., or do you think this should be changed so children of illegal immigrants are not automatically granted citizenship?"

 
    Continue Change Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/31 - 9/7/10

45 48 7    

 

CBS News Poll. Aug. 20-24, 2010. N=1,082 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"As you may know, under current law, all children born in the U.S. are automatically U.S. citizens. Do you think that the law should be kept as is, or should the law be changed so that children of illegal immigrants born in the U.S. do not automatically become citizens?"

 
    Kept as is Changed Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/20-24/10

49 47 4    
 

Republicans

39 54 7    
 

Democrats

59 37 4    
 

Independents

47 49 4    
             

"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
    % % % % %
 

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

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Aug. 6-10, 2010. N=1,009 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"As you may know, the Constitution says that all children born in the United States are automatically U.S. citizens regardless of their parents' status. Would you favor or oppose a Constitutional amendment to prevent children born here from becoming U.S. citizens unless their parents are also U.S. citizens?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

49 51 1    
 

Democrats

39 61 -    
 

Independents

50 50 -    
 

Republicans

58 40 1    

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. July 27-28, 2010. N=900 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"If it were possible to locate most illegal immigrants currently in the United States, would you favor deporting as many as possible or would you favor setting up a system for them to become legal residents?"

 
    Deport as
many as
possible
System
for legal
residency
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/27-28/10

45 49 7    
 

5/12-13/09

43 50 7    
 

6/5-6/07

39 51 9    
             

"Based on what you know, do you favor or oppose Arizona's new immigration law?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/27-28/10

50 31 19    
 

6/29-30/10

52 27 21    
 

6/8-9/10

50 32 18    
             

"Arizona officials say they passed the new immigration law because the federal government was failing to enforce existing laws against illegal entry into the United States. Do you think the federal government is or is not enforcing existing laws against illegal entry into the country?"

 
    Is Is not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/27-28/10

21 72 6    

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. July 16-21, 2010. N=1,018 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling illegal immigration?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/16-21/10

38 59 3    
 

3/19-21/10

37 56 7    
 

10/30 - 11/1/09

36 58 6    
             

"Would you favor or oppose each of the following proposals? . . ."

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"Building a 700 mile long fence on the border with Mexico"

 

7/16-21/10

49 50 1    
 

5/21-23/10

54 45 1    
 

5/4-6/07

45 53 2    
 

10/20-22/06

45 53 2    
 

6/8-11/06

45 50 5    
 
 

"Creating a program that would allow illegal immigrants already living in the United States for a number of years to stay here and apply to legally remain in this country permanently if they had a job and paid back taxes"

 

7/16-21/10

81 19 -    
 

5/21-23/10

80 19 1    
 
 

"Imposing fines of tens of thousands of dollars on employers who hire illegal immigrants"

 

7/16-21/10

64 35 1    
 

5/21-23/10

71 28 2    
 

10/20-22/06

58 40 2    
 

6/8-11/06

60 36 4    
 
 

"Sending employers who hire illegal immigrants to jail"

 

7/16-21/10

46 53 -    
 

5/21-23/10

47 51 2    
 

10/20-22/06

44 54 2    
 

6/8-11/06

40 55 5    
 
 

"Putting more Border Patrol and federal law enforcement agents on the U.S. border with Mexico"

 

7/16-21/10

81 18 -    
 

5/21-23/10

88 12 1    
 

10/20-22/06

74 25 1    
 

6/8-11/06

78 19 3    
             

"As you may know, Arizona recently passed a law concerning illegal immigrants. Based on what you have read or heard about that law, do you favor or oppose it?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/16-21/10

55 40 5    
 

5/21-23/10

57 37 6    
             

"Do you think Arizona's new immigration law will or will not reduce illegal immigration?"

 
    Will Will not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/16-21/10

48 50 2    
             

"Do you think Arizona's new immigration law will or will not lead to discrimination against Hispanics?"

 
    Will Will not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/16-21/10

54 44 2    
             

"In general, does the number of illegal immigrants currently in this country make you feel angry, dissatisfied but not angry, satisfied but not pleased, or pleased?"

 
    Angry Dissatisfied Satisfied Pleased Unsure
    % % % % %
 

7/16-21/10

23 51 20 6 1
             

"In general, do you think people who favor tough new laws against illegal immigrants feel that way mostly because they are concerned about the effects of illegal immigration on economic conditions and law enforcement in this country, or mostly because they dislike Latinos?"

 
    Concerned
about effects
Dislike
Latinos
Other (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

7/16-21/10

77 20 2 1  

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. July 13-19, 2010. N=2,181 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.1.

             

"Based on what you've heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of Arizona's new immigration law?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/13-19/10

55 30 15    
 

5/19-24/10

51 31 18    
             

"Would you want your state to pass a law similar to Arizona's new immigration law or not?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/13-19/10

51 35 14    
 

5/19-24/10

48 35 17    
             

"The Obama administration has filed a lawsuit to strike down Arizona's immigration law. Do you think this lawsuit is a good idea or a bad idea?"

 
    Good idea Bad idea Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/13-19/10

28 60 12    

 

Pew Research/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management. July 8-11, 2010. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

               

"Over the coming months, how important is it for Congress to act on each of the following? Is passing legislation to address immigration policy very important, somewhat important, not too important or not at all important?"

 
    Very
important
Somewhat
important
Not too
important
Not at all
important
Oppose/Not
needed (vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % % %
 

7/8-11/10

63 24 5 5 1 2
 

5/13-16/10

59 27 8 4 - 2
               

"As you may know, this week the U.S. Justice Department filed a legal challenge to the state of Arizona's recent immigration law. From what you know, do you approve or disapprove of the Justice Department's decision to challenge the Arizona law?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure      
    % % %      
 

ALL

36 45 19      
 

Republicans

20 67 13      
 

Democrats

49 28 23      
 

Independents

36 49 16      

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. June 29-30, 2010. N=900 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Thinking about the issue of immigration, what do you think should happen first? Do you think the federal government should secure the country's borders first, or should Congress pass new immigration legislation first?"

 
    Secure
borders first
Pass new
law first
Both at same
time (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/29-30/10

59 30 6 6  
             

"Do you think the country's borders are more secure or less secure than five years ago, or are the borders about as secure today as they were before?"

 
    More secure Less secure About as
secure
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/29-30/10

19 26 47 8  

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. June 3-6, 2010. N=1,004 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Do you think the United States is or is not doing enough to keep illegal immigrants from coming into this country?"

 
    Is doing
enough
Is not doing
enough
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/3-6/10

23 75 2    
 

4/21-24/09

23 74 3    
 

4/12-15/07

17 81 2    
             

"A new law in Arizona would give police the power to ask people they've stopped to verify their residency status. Supporters say this will help crack down on illegal immigration. Opponents say it could violate civil rights and lead to racial profiling. On balance, do you support or oppose this law?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/3-6/10

58 41 2    
             

"Regardless of what you think about the Arizona law, immigration currently is regulated by federal law enforced by the federal government. In general, do you think STATES should be allowed to make and enforce their own immigration laws, or should this be left to FEDERAL jurisdiction?"

 
    States Federal Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/3-6/10

46 52 1    
             

"Do you support or oppose using National Guard troops to patrol the U.S. border with Mexico?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/3-6/10

83 16 2    

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. May 19-24, 2010. N=1,914 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.2.

             

"In general, how serious a problem do you think illegal immigration is in the United States: a very serious problem, somewhat serious, not very serious, or not a problem at all?"

 
    Very
serious
Somewhat
serious
Not very
serious
Not a problem
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/19-24/10

59 26 10 4 1
 

2/21-28/06

57 31 9 2 1
             

"Do you think immigration reform should primarily move in the direction of integrating illegal immigrants into American society or in the direction of stricter enforcement of laws against illegal immigration?"

 
    Integrating
immigrants
Stricter
enforcement
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/19-24/10

26 66 8    
             

"Based on what you've heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of Arizona's new immigration law?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/19-24/10

51 31 18    
             

"Would you want your state to pass a law similar to Arizona's new immigration law or not?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/19-24/10

48 35 17    
             

"Do you think Arizona's new immigration law will or will not reduce illegal immigration?"

 
    Will Will not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/19-24/10

45 36 19    
             

"Do you think Arizona's new immigration law will or will not lead to discrimination against Hispanics?"

 
    Will Will not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/19-24/10

45 40 15    
             

"Some have suggested that Arizona should be boycotted because of its new immigration law. Do you think a boycott of Arizona is a good idea or a bad idea?"

 
    Good idea Bad idea Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/19-24/10

12 76 12    

 

CBS News Poll. May 20-24, 2010. N=1,054 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"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
    % % % % %
 

5/20-24/10

56 28 10 4 2
 

Republicans

71 20 7 2 0
 

Democrats

55 28 12 5 0
 

Independents

48 34 12 4 2
 
 

4/28 - 5/2/10

65 24 9 1 1
 

Republicans

75 19 5 0 1
 

Democrats

55 32 9 2 2
 

Independents

67 21 11 0 1
             

"As you may know, the state of Arizona recently passed a law that gives the police the power to question someone they have already stopped, detained, or arrested about their legal status in the country. The law requires people to produce documents verifying their status if asked. Do you think this law goes too far in dealing with the issue of ILLEGAL immigration, doesn't go far enough, or is about right?"

 
    Too far Not far
enough
About right Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/20-24/10

28 17 52 3  
 

Republicans

7 21 70 2  
 

Democrats

40 10 46 4  
 

Independents

33 19 45 3  

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. May 21-23, 2010. N=1,023 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Would you like to see the number of illegal immigrants currently in this country increased, decreased, or remain the same?"

 
    Increased Decreased Remain
the same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/21-23/10

2 76 21 1  
 

10/16-18/09

3 73 22 1  
 

1/14-17/08

5 65 29 1  
 

10/12-14/07

7 69 22 2  
 

10/20-22/06

5 67 27 1  
 

6/8-11/06

2 67 26 6  
             

"Would you like to see the number of legal immigrants currently in this country increased, decreased, or remain the same?"

 
    Increased Decreased Remain
the same
   
    % % %    
 

5/21-23/10

23 11 65    
             

"Would you favor or oppose each of the following proposals? Creating an ID card issued by the federal government that all U.S. citizens and legal immigrants would be required to show to an employer when applying for a job."

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/21-23/10

70 30 -    
             

"Some people have called for a boycott until the Arizona government repeals this law. People who participate in the boycott would not buy products made in Arizona or travel to Arizona for vacations or conferences. Do you think you would or would not participate in this boycott?"

 
    Would Would not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/21-23/10

17 82 1    

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. May 18-19, 2010. N=900 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"In general, do you think immigrants who come to the United States today help the country and make it a better place to live or hurt the country and make it a worse place to live?"

 
    Help Hurt Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/18-19/10

41 31 25 4  
 

4/4-5/06

42 30 20 8  
 

1/14-15/03

38 33 21 8  
             

"Which of the following statements comes closest to what you think the country needs to do to solve the illegal immigration problem? We need to completely overhaul the country's immigration laws. We need to enforce the country's current immigration laws."

 
    Overhaul
laws
Enforce
laws
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/18-19/10

34 61 5    
 

6/5-6/07

34 58 8    
             

"Do you favor or oppose allowing local and state law enforcement officials to question anyone who they think may be in the country illegally?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/18-19/10

65 30 5    
             

"Do you favor or oppose requiring people to show documents proving their immigration status if government officials have reasonable cause to ask for them?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/18-19/10

84 13 2    
             

"Do you favor or oppose allowing local and state police to detain anyone who cannot prove their immigration status?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/18-19/10

76 19 5    
             

"Would you favor or oppose YOUR state passing an immigration law like Arizona's new law?" N=884 respondents outside of Arizona, MoE 3

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/18-19/10

52 31 18    
             

"Some businesses and organizations are boycotting trips to Arizona or business with Arizona because of the state's new immigration law. Do you support or oppose these types of boycotts?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/18-19/10

23 66 11    

 

AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media. May 7-11, 2010. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.3.
AP-Univision Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media. May 7-12, 2010. N=901 Hispanic adults nationwide. Margin of error 5.3.

             

"How important are the following issues to you personally: not at all important, slightly important, moderately important, very important or extremely important? How about immigration?"

 
    Extremely
important
Very
important
Moderately
important
Slightly
important
Not at all
important
    % % % % %
 

ALL

28 32 23 10 6
 

Hispanics

32 43 15 5 5
             

"And please tell me if you approve, disapprove or neither approve nor disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling each of the following issues. How about immigration?" If unsure: "If you had to choose, do you lean more toward approving or disapproving of the way Barack Obama is handling immigration?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Neither    
    % % %    
 

ALL

38 50 13    
 

Hispanics

45 47 8    
             

"Who do you trust to do a better job of handling illegal immigration: the Democrats or the Republicans?"

 
    Democrats Republicans Neither (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

ALL

36 46 15 3  
 

Hispanics

58 25 12 5  
             

"Do you think the number of LEGAL immigrants from foreign countries who are permitted to come to the United States to live should be increased, decreased or left the same as it is now?"

 
    Increased Decreased Left the same Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

ALL

17 35 47 2  
 

Hispanics

25 16 57 2  
             

"How serious a problem is ILLEGAL immigration for this country today? Is it extremely serious, very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, or not serious at all?"

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

ALL

43 24 26 6 2
 

Hispanics

35 29 25 5 4
             

"Do you think the U.S. government is doing about as much as could be reasonably expected to keep illegal immigrants from entering and staying in the U.S., or do you think it should do more?"

 
    As much as
reasonably
expected
Should
do more
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

17 81 2    
 

Hispanics

42 52 6    
             

"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    
    % % %    
 

ALL

59 39 2    
 

Hispanics

86 13 2    
             

"On balance, do you think illegal immigrants mostly make a contribution to American society, or are they mostly a drain on American society?"

 
    Contribution Drain Unsure Refused  
    % % % %  
 

ALL

38 57 4 1  
 

Hispanics

74 21 5 -  
             

"Which comes closest to your view? Illegal immigrants take jobs that Americans don't want. Illegal immigrants take away jobs that are wanted by Americans." Options rotated

 
    Jobs
Americans
don't want
Jobs that are
wanted by
Americans
Unsure Refused  
    % % % %  
 

ALL

62 34 3 1  
 

Hispanics

87 10 3 1  
             

"Do you think it should be a serious criminal offense to enter and remain in the United States without proper documentation or should it be considered a minor offense?"

 
    Serious Minor Unsure Refused  
    % % % %  
 

ALL

60 38 2 1  
 

Hispanics

24 73 3 -  
             

"Do you think that local police forces should have the power to enforce immigration laws, or do you think the job of enforcing immigration laws should be reserved only for the federal government?"

 
    Local police
should have
the power
Reserved for
federal
government
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

58 40 2    
 

Hispanics

16 81 2    
             

"In general, do you think that police crackdowns on undocumented or illegal immigrants unfairly target Hispanics, or do you think they treat all ethnic groups fairly?" Options rotated

 
    Target
Hispanics
Treat all
groups fairly
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

49 45 6    
 

Hispanics

73 22 5    
             

"So far, more than a year into the Obama administration, Congress has not passed a comprehensive immigration bill. Do you think this is a good thing for the country, a bad thing for the country, or is it neither a good nor bad thing for the country?"

 
    Good thing Bad thing Neither Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

ALL

9 48 41 1  
 

Hispanics

12 56 30 2  
             

"If a political party or candidate took a position on immigration that you disagreed with, how likely would you be to vote against that political party or candidate even if you agreed with that party on most other issues: extremely likely, very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not likely at all?"

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

ALL

13 18 39 16 12
 

Hispanics

13 21 33 15 15
             

"How much have you read or heard about a new immigration law that was just passed in the state of Arizona: a lot, a great deal, a moderate amount, a little, or nothing at all?"

 
    A lot A great deal A moderate
amount
A little Nothing
at all
    % % % % %
 

ALL

23 11 24 22 20
 

Hispanics

42 14 19 20 5
             

"From what you may have read, seen or heard about the new immigration law that was just passed in the state of Arizona, do you favor, oppose or neither favor or oppose this law?"

 
    Favor Oppose Neither Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

ALL

42 24 29 5  
 

Hispanics

15 67 17 2  
             

"Do you think this Arizona law goes too far in dealing with the issue of undocumented or illegal immigrants, doesn't go far enough, or is about right?"

 
    Goes too
far
Doesn't go
far enough
Is about
right
Unsure Refused
    % % % % %
 

ALL

27 13 45 14 1
 

Hispanics

66 7 22 5 -
             

"How well do you feel you understand this Arizona law? Would you say extremely well, very well, somewhat well, not too well or not well at all?"

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

ALL

12 17 35 12 22
 

Hispanics

9 23 34 10 22
             

Asked of respondents who are not in Arizona:
"Would you favor, oppose or neither favor nor oppose enacting this law in your own state?"

 
    Favor Oppose Neither Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

ALL

44 32 19 6  
 

Hispanics

15 72 11 2  
             

"How likely is it that this new law in Arizona will significantly reduce that state's problem with undocumented or illegal immigrants? Is that extremely likely, very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not likely at all?"

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

ALL

11 16 35 15 15
 

Hispanics

12 16 32 11 25
             

"Under this new law, how likely do you think it is that police in Arizona will wind up stopping and questioning Hispanics who are U.S. citizens or LEGAL immigrants as they try to enforce this law? Is that extremely likely, very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not likely at all?"

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

ALL

26 21 32 10 7
 

Hispanics

39 23 22 3 9
             

"How big a problem would it be if police in Arizona wind up stopping and questioning Hispanics who are U.S. citizens or LEGAL immigrants as they try to enforce this law? Is that an extremely serious problem, a very serious problem, a somewhat serious problem, a not too serious problem, or not a serious problem at all?"

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

ALL

17 21 27 17 15
 

Hispanics

36 37 15 5 6
             

"If a police officer were to have stopped you today while you were outside of your home, and asked you to produce proof that you are a U.S. citizen or otherwise in the United States legally, would you have been able to provide such proof, or would you not have had that kind of documentation available?"

 
    Would have
been able
Would not
have been
available
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

84 15 1    
 

Hispanics

69 27 4    
             

Asked of respondents who are not in Arizona:
"Does this new law in Arizona make you more likely to plan a trip to Arizona, less likely to plan a trip to Arizona, or make no difference in how likely you are to plan a trip to Arizona?"

 
    More likely Less likely No difference Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

ALL

6 14 79 1  
 

Hispanics

5 39 54 2  

 

Ipsos/McClatchy Poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. May 6-9, 2010. N=1,016 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"As you may know, the state of Arizona recently passed a new law that once police stop a person, requires local law enforcement officials to verify the immigration status of people they reasonably suspect of being in the country illegally. Do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose this new Arizona State law."

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

5/6-9/10

41 20 11 25 3
             

"Now, thinking further about this new Arizona immigration law, imagine that your state was considering passing the same immigration law that Arizona has just passed. Would you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose this law being passed in your state?"

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

5/6-9/10

42 19 10 26 3
             

"Under this new law, it is possible that anyone in Arizona who has made contact with an officer can be asked to verify their immigration status. Some people have said that they wouldn't mind being asked to verify their own status if it means that immigration laws are being enforced. Other people say that this is a violation of their rights and would be upset if they were stopped and asked to verify their status. Which of these comes closer to your own personal view?"

 
    Wouldn't
mind
Would be
upset
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/6-9/10

69 29 3    
             

"I am going to read out a series of statements. For each, please tell me whether you strongly agree, tend to agree, neither agree nor disagree, tend to disagree or strongly disagree. . . ."

 
    Strongly
agree
Tend to
agree
Neither agree
nor disagree
Tend to
disagree
Strongly
disagree
    % % % % %
 
 

"Protecting our borders is important as part of America's effort to prevent drug trafficking and organized crime"

 

5/6-9/10

76 13 4 2 5
 
 

"The best way to tackle the issue of illegal immigration is to go after the businesses who hire illegal immigrants"

 

5/6-9/10

41 23 10 11 14
 
 

"This country has a real problem with illegal immigration, and it is hurting all Americans"

 

5/6-9/10

39 22 8 14 16
 
 

"The government should spend more time tightening our borders and less time worrying about the people who are already here"

 

5/6-9/10

39 23 8 20 9
 
 

"Illegal immigrants in the U.S. mostly work in jobs that Americans don't want anyway"

 

5/6-9/10

24 21 7 18 27
 
 

"Illegal immigration doesn't bother me because it means that hardworking people can find a better quality of life America"

 

5/6-9/10

21 14 6 23 35
 
 

"On balance, I think illegal immigrants probably help America more than they hurt it"

 

5/6-9/10

16 18 12 20 32

 

Pew Research Center survey. May 6-9, 2010. N=994 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Thinking again about Barack Obama: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the nation's immigration policy?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/6-9/10

25 54 21    
             

"The state of Arizona recently passed a law dealing with illegal immigration. As I describe some parts of the law, tell me if you approve or disapprove of each. First/Next do you approve or disapprove of [see below]?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"Allowing police to question anyone who they think may be in the country illegally"

 

5/6-9/10

62 35 3    
 
 

"Requiring people to produce documents verifying their legal status if police ask for them"

 

5/6-9/10

73 23 4    
 
 

"Allowing police to detain anyone who cannot verify their legal status"

 

5/6-9/10

67 29 4    
             

"Considering everything, would you say you approve or disapprove of Arizona's new illegal immigration law?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/6-9/10

59 32 8    

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. May 4-5, 2010. N=900 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Which political party -- the Democrats or the Republicans -- do you think would do a better job on each of the following issues? . . . ."

 
    Democrats Republicans Equal (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

"Immigration"

 

5/4-5/10

35 42 7 16  
 
 

"Border security"

 

5/4-5/10

28 48 9 14  
             

"There have been several proposals regarding how to deal with the issue of illegal immigration. Please tell me if you favor or oppose each of the following. . . ."

 
    Favor Oppose Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 
 

"Using National Guard troops to help border patrol agents at the country's southern borders"

 

5/4-5/10

79 17 2 2  
 
 

"Imposing fines and criminal charges against employers who hire illegal immigrants"

 

5/4-5/10

79 17 3 2  
 
 

"Using the U.S. military to stop illegal immigrants at the borders"

 

5/4-5/10

60 34 3 3  
 
 

"Building a wall or security fence along the U.S.-Mexico border to stop illegal immigration"

 

5/4-5/10

53 40 4 3  
             

"Which ONE of the following is your biggest concern when you think about illegal immigration? Overburdening government programs and services. Taking jobs away from U.S. citizens. Leading to an increase in crime. Leading to an increase in terrorism. Changing the culture of the country." Options rotated

 
      %      
 

Overburdening government

44      
 

Taking jobs from citizens

19      
 

Increase in crime

6      
 

Increase in terrorism

6      
 

Changing the culture

3      
 

All (vol.)

14      
 

None (vol.)

5      
 

Other (vol.)

1      
 

Unsure

1      
             

"Do you favor or oppose the new Arizona immigration law, or don't you know enough about it to say?"

 
    Favor Oppose Don't know
enough
   
    % % %    
 

5/4-5/10

34 21 45    
             

"Do you think the Obama administration should try to stop the new Arizona immigration law, or should the administration wait and see how the law works?"

 
    Try to stop Wait and see Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/4-5/10

15 64 20    
             

"On immigration, which government do you think deserves to be targeted by demonstrations and protests: the U.S. government for having tough immigration laws that restrict non-citizens from moving to the country or the Mexican government for creating the conditions that make so many of its citizens want to leave?"

 
    U.S.
government
Mexican
government
Both
equally (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/4-5/10

17 60 11 11  
             

"Do you think Arizona was right to take action by passing its new immigration law and not waiting any longer for the federal government to act, or do you think securing the border with Mexico is the responsibility of the federal government and Arizona should have waited for the federal government to take action on immigration?"

 
    Was right to
take action
Should have
waited
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/4-5/10

61 27 12    

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. May 1-2, 2010. N=1,049 adults nationwide, interviewed via Gallup Daily tracking. Margin of error 4.

             

"How important is it to you that the government takes steps this year to deal with each of the following: extremely important, very important, moderately important, or not that important? How about [see below]?"

 
    Extremely
important
Very
important
Moderately
important
Not that
important
Unsure
    % % % % %
 
 

"Controlling U.S. borders to halt the flow of illegal immigrants into the U.S."

 

5/1-2/10

42 26 21 10 -
 
 

"Developing a plan to deal with the large number of illegal immigrants who are already living in the U.S."

 

5/1-2/10

36 31 23 10 1
             

"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    
    % % %    
 

5/1-2/10

53 45 3    
             

"How sympathetic would you say you are toward illegal immigrants in the United States: very sympathetic, somewhat sympathetic, somewhat unsympathetic, or very unsympathetic?" Options rotated

 
    Very
sympathetic
Somewhat
sympathetic
Somewhat
unsympathetic
Very
unsympathetic
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/1-2/10

24 40 17 17 1
             

"Next, still thinking about illegal immigration, we'd like to ask about some of your concerns about the situation in the U.S. today and what the situation would be if stricter new immigration laws were passed. Thinking about the situation in the U.S. today, how concerned are you about each of the following: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not at all concerned? How about that [see below]?"

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

"Illegal immigrants might be putting an unfair burden on U.S. schools, hospitals and government services"

 

5/1-2/10

61 23 9 5 2
 
 

"Illegal immigrants making low wages might make U.S. employers less willing to pay American workers a decent wage"

 

5/1-2/10

53 24 15 7 2
 
 

"Allowing illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S. might be encouraging others to move here illegally"

 

5/1-2/10

55 25 13 6 2
             

"Thinking about the situation in the U.S. if stricter new immigration laws were passed, how concerned would you be about each of the following: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not at all concerned? How about that [see below]?"

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

"Hispanics living in the U.S. would be harassed by authorities accusing them of being illegal immigrants"

 

5/1-2/10

42 32 13 12 1
 
 

"Illegal immigrants and their families who have lived in the U.S. peacefully and productively for many years would be forced to leave the country"

 

5/1-2/10

45 32 13 9 2
 
 

"Taking strict measures against illegal immigrants would go against the American tradition of welcoming those who come to the U.S. to find a better life"

 

5/1-2/10

34 30 17 17 2

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. April 28-May 2, 2010. N=1,079 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"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  
    % % % %  
 

4/28 - 5/2/10

33 34 27 6  
             

"Which of the following three statements comes closest to expressing your overall view of immigration policy in the United States? On the whole, our immigration policy works pretty well and only minor changes are necessary to make it work better. There are some good things in our immigration policy, but fundamental changes are needed. Our immigration policy has so much wrong with it that we need to completely rebuild it."

 
    Minor
changes
Fundamental
changes
Completely
rebuild
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/28 - 5/2/10

8 45 44 3  
             

"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 on
origin (vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

4/28 - 5/2/10

49 31 7 2 11
 

Republicans

36 39 8 3 14
 

Democrats

59 22 8 2 9
 

Independents

48 32 6 1 13
             

"Do you think ILLEGAL immigrants do more to strengthen the U.S. economy because they provide low-cost labor and they spend money, or do ILLEGAL immigrants do more to weaken the U.S. economy because they don't all pay taxes but use public services?"

 
    Strengthen Weaken Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/28 - 5/2/10

17 74 9    
 

Republicans

9 86 5    
 

Democrats

24 64 12    
 

Independents

17 76 7    
             

"Do you think the U.S. is doing all it can reasonably be expected to do along its borders to keep ILLEGAL immigrants from crossing into this country, or could the U.S. be doing more?"

 
    Doing all
it can
Could be
doing more
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/28 - 5/2/10

17 78 5    
             

"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."

 
    Stay, apply
for citizenship
Stay as
guest workers
Leave the
U.S.
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/28 - 5/2/10

43 21 32 4  
 

Republicans

31 23 42 4  
 

Democrats

53 22 21 4  
 

Independents

42 19 35 4  
             

"Do you think laws regarding illegal immigration should be determined by the federal government or by each state government?"

 
    Federal
government
Each state
government
Both (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/28 - 5/2/10

57 34 4 5  
 

Republicans

52 37 6 5  
 

Democrats

63 29 2 6  
 

Independents

54 36 4 6  
             

"As you may know, the state of Arizona recently passed a law that gives the police the power to question anyone they suspect is in the country illegally, requires people to produce documents verifying their status if asked, and allows officers to detain anyone who cannot do so. Do you think this law goes too far in dealing with the issue of illegal immigration, doesn't go far enough, or is it about right?"

 
    Too far Not far
enough
About right Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/28 - 5/2/10

36 9 51 4  
 

Republicans

21 9 67 3  
 

Democrats

49 9 38 4  
 

Independents

34 10 51 5  
             

"How likely do you think it is that the new law in Arizona will lead to police officers detaining people of certain racial or ethnic groups more frequently than other racial or ethnic groups? Do you think that is very likely to happen, somewhat likely, not too likely or not at all likely to happen?"

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

4/28 - 5/2/10

50 32 11 4 3
 

Republicans

32 46 17 3 2
 

Democrats

63 29 5 2 1
 

Independents

51 25 13 7 4
             

"How likely do you think it is that the new law in Arizona will deter immigrants from reporting crime or cooperating with authorities out of fear of being deported? Do you think that is very likely to happen, somewhat likely, not too likely or not at all likely to happen?"

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

4/28 - 5/2/10

55 25 10 5 5
 

Republicans

44 32 15 6 3
 

Democrats

62 25 9 3 1
 

Independents

57 21 9 7 6
             

"How likely do you think it is that the new law in Arizona will burden the resources of state and local police departments? Do you think that is very likely to happen, somewhat likely, not too likely or not at all likely to happen?"

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

4/28 - 5/2/10

34 44 13 6 3
 

Republicans

24 49 18 7 2
 

Democrats

47 39 8 4 2
 

Independents

29 44 14 8 5
             

"How likely do you think it is that the new law in Arizona will lead to a reduction in the number of illegal immigrants currently in Arizona? Do you think that is very likely to happen, somewhat likely, not too likely or not at all likely to happen?"

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

4/28 - 5/2/10

29 43 16 7 5
 

Republicans

38 43 15 3 1
 

Democrats

25 42 20 8 5
 

Independents

26 43 15 9 7
             

"How likely do you think it is that the new law in Arizona will deter people from other countries from illegally crossing the border into Arizona? Do you think that is very likely to happen, somewhat likely, not too likely or not at all likely to happen?"

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

4/28 - 5/2/10

29 40 18 8 5
 

Republicans

30 43 19 6 2
 

Democrats

23 44 18 9 6
 

Independents

33 36 17 9 5
             

"How likely do you think it is that the new law in Arizona will reduce crime in that state? Do you think that is very likely to happen, somewhat likely, not too likely or not at all likely to happen?"

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

4/28 - 5/2/10

19 35 25 15 6
 

Republicans

24 41 21 11 3
 

Democrats

18 32 28 18 4
 

Independents

16 34 26 15 9

 

Gallup Poll. April 27-28, 2010. N=1,013 adults nationwide, interviewed via Gallup Daily tracking. Margin of error 4.

             

"How much have you heard or read about a new immigration law that was just passed in the state of Arizona: a great deal, a fair amount, not much, or nothing at all?"

 
    A great deal A fair amount Not much Nothing at all Unsure
    % % % % %
 

4/27-28/10

24 34 20 21 1
             
 

Among those who have heard of the law (N=851, MoE 4):
"Based on what you know or have read about the new Arizona immigration law, do you favor or oppose it?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/27-28/10

51 39 11    
             

"How much have you heard or read about a new immigration law that was just passed in the state of Arizona: a great deal, a fair amount, not much, or nothing at all?" If have heard of the law: "Based on what you know or have read about the new Arizona immigration law, do you favor or oppose it?" Combined responses.

 
    Favor Oppose Haven't heard
of/Unsure
   
    % % %    
 

4/27-28/10

39 30 31    

Immigration continued


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