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IMMIGRATION

  • Voters Less Concerned That Providing Citizenship Path Will Lead to More Illegal Immigration

    With the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) now a point of contention for Congress, voters have less concern that helping those here illegally become citizens will encourage more illegal immigration, though they’re still torn over whether amnesty or border control is more important.

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on November 30 & December 3, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Voters Reject Government Shutdown To Protect ‘Dreamers’ Program

    A top Senate Democrat is threatening to force a federal government shutdown unless Congress does something to protect the nearly 800,000 illegal immigrants who came to this country as children who now face possible deportation. But most voters oppose a shutdown over the so-called Dreamers issue and believe securing the border is a bigger priority.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 61% of Likely U.S. Voters think it is important to secure the border against future illegal immigration before dealing with the Dreamers question, with 43% who say it is Very Important. Thirty-three percent (33%) disagree and don’t attach much importance to securing the border first, but that includes only 12% who say it’s Not At All Important. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on November 30 and December 3, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Fewer Voters Want Legal Action Against Sanctuary Cities

    The murder trial of the illegal immigrant who allegedly murdered Kate Steinle, the woman behind “Kate’s Law,” began this week, while the topic of sanctuary cities has become a focal point in upcoming state gubernatorial campaigns. But while voters don’t believe sanctuary communities are safe, they’re less enthusiastic about taking legal action against them.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 42% of Likely U.S. Voters think the U.S. Justice Department should take legal action against cities or states that provide sanctuary for illegal immigrants, down from 50% a year ago and 62% in 2015. Just as many (45%) now don’t think the Justice Department should take legal action against these communities, up from 38%. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on October 22-23, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • 57% Say Immigration Reform Unlikely in Next Six Months

    President Trump has given Congress six months to come up with an immigration reform package if it wants to protect the so-called "Dreamers" from deportation, but most voters think passage of such legislation is unlikely in the near future.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 35% of Likely U.S. Voters think it’s likely comprehensive immigration reform legislation will pass the Senate and the House and be signed by the president in the next six months, but that includes only nine percent (9%) who see it as Very Likely. Fifty-seven percent (57%) consider the passage of a major immigration reform package as unlikely, with 22% who say it’s Not At All Likely.  (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on September 6-7, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Voters Don't Believe Immigration Reform Will Lead to Border Control

    President Trump has challenged Congress to come up with a long overdue comprehensive reform of the nation's immigration laws in the next six months, but voters remain skeptical that real border control is on the way.

    Even if Congress passed a law to secure the border, prevent future illegal immigration and allow those who entered the country illegally to stay, just 41% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the federal government would actually secure the border. That includes only 15% who think real border control is Very Likely. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 45% believe the government is unlikely to secure the border and prevent illegal immigration even if a comprehensive immigration reform package is passed, with 17% who say it's Not At All Likely. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on September 6-7, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • 48% Favor Continuing ‘Dreamers’ Program To Shield Illegal Immigrants

    Voters are less convinced that illegal immigrants take jobs away from Americans and tend to favor the continuation of an Obama-era program that protects from deportation illegal immigrants who came here as children. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on September 4-5, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Most Still Oppose Driver’s Licenses For Those Here Illegally

    California, one of 12 U.S. states that allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses, is on track to issue nearly a million such licenses by the end of the year. But most voters continue to oppose licenses for illegals in the state they live in.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 28% of Likely U.S. voters think illegal immigrants should be eligible for driver’s licenses in their state, although that's up from 22% in 2013  and is the highest level of support measured in surveys since 2007. Sixty-one percent (61%), however, continue to oppose giving illegal immigrants driver’s licenses where they live. Eleven percent (11%) remain undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 26-27, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Most Voters Say ‘No’ To Border Wall

    The House last week approved $1.6 billion in spending for President Trump’s proposed wall along the Mexican border, but with illegal immigration at the Mexican border at a 17-year low, most voters don’t want it anymore.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 37% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the United States should build a wall along the Mexican border to help stop illegal immigration. Fifty-six percent (56%) disagree. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 26-27, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Voters Split on Funding Sanctuary Cities, Favor ‘Kate’s Law’

    The House passed legislation last week that cuts off some funding to cities that protect illegal immigrants and increases penalties for those who reenter the United States illegally after being deported. Voters strongly support the latter but are now closely divided regarding funds for sanctuary cities.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 63% of Likely U.S. Voters favor a law that would increase criminal penalties for illegal immigrants who enter the United States illegally again after being deported. Just 26% oppose such a law, while 12% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on July 2-3, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Voters Support Barring Immigrants From Welfare for Five Years

    President Trump said at a rally in Iowa last week that immigrants "must be able to support themselves financially," and called for stricter enforcement of laws that prevent them from receiving welfare until they’ve been in the United States at least five years. Most voters are on board with such laws.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 62% of Likely U.S. Voters favor barring new immigrants to the United States from receiving welfare benefits for at least five years. Twenty-six percent (26%) oppose such laws, but 12% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on June 22 & 25, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.