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IMMIGRATION

  • GOP Voters See Merit-Based System As Legal Immigration Solution

    President Trump has proposed moving toward a merit-based legal immigration system that grants visas based on one’s skill levels rather than their family connections. Republican voters think that’s a pretty good solution.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 60% of Republican voters favor moving to a merit-based system for legal immigration, while most Democrats (55%) want to keep the existing family-based system. Among voters not affiliated with either major party, 47% favor switching to a merit-based system, while 32% want to stay on the existing family-based one. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on April 3-4, 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 Measure Illegal Immigration in Major Crime, More Tax Dollars

    Voters tend to view illegal immigrants as the source of more major crime and a big drain on taxpayers’ wallets.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 44% of Likely U.S. Voters think illegal immigration increases the level of serious crime in America. Nearly as many (41%) say it has no impact. Just seven percent (7%) feel illegal immigrants actually decrease the amount of serious crime. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on March 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.

  • 35% Want to Live in a Sanctuary Community

    The rape of a 14-year-old girl in a Maryland suburban high school by two older students who were in this country illegally has moved the sanctuary city debate back on the front burner. Most voters don’t want to live in a community that shields illegal immigrants from the government, and many question the safety of such communities.

    Elected officials in many communities have declared themselves sanctuaries for illegal immigrants, refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, and 35% of Likely U.S. Voters favor the community they live in declaring itself a sanctuary community. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 52% oppose their community declaring itself a sanctuary for illegal immigrants. Fourteen percent (14%) 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 March 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.

  • Most Favor Trump's Litmus Test for Potential Immigrants

    Most Americans favor screening out immigrants to this country who don’t share our values or a belief in our basic constitutional freedoms.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 61% of American Adults favor a proposal to keep out “those who do not support the U.S. Constitution or who would place violent ideologies over American law. In addition, the United States would not admit those who engage in acts of bigotry or hatred for reasons of religion, race, gender or sexual orientation.” Just 19% oppose such a ban, while 21% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on February 20-21, 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.

  • Support for Deportations Plummets

    Voters have long complained that President Obama was not sending illegal immigrants home fast enough. Now with President Trump in office, they’re worried that too many people are being deported. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 14-15, 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 See Visa Scofflaws As Threat, Want Them Deported

    Most voters continue to believe that those who illegally overstay their visas to this country are a likely national security threat and that the federal government needs to work harder to send them home.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 14-15, 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 Support Temporary Ban on Newcomers from Terrorist Havens

    Most voters approve of President Trump’s temporary halt to refugees and visitors from several Middle Eastern and African countries until the government can do a better job of keeping out individuals who are terrorist threats. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on January 25-26, 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.

  • To Wall or Not to Wall? Voters Expect Big Cut in Illegal Immigration

    Voters are closely divided over whether the United States should build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, but most think it’s likely that President Trump will dramatically cut the number of illegal immigrants entering America. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on January 25-26, 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.

  • Should Some Immigrants Get Preference Over Others?

    When it comes to legal immigration policies, voters still oppose giving special preference to some over others. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on December 18-19, 2016 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.

  • Do Most Immigrants Want the American Dream?

    Voters strongly believe in the dreams of newcomers to America but remain more skeptical about whether new immigrants share those dreams. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on December 18-19, 2016 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.