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  • 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 Give Edge Now to Amnesty Over Border Control

    There's been a dramatic shift in attitudes about illegal immigration in recent years, with voters now for the first time ever putting legalizing those here illegally over more border control.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters still think, when it comes to immigration reform, gaining control of the border is more important than legalizing the status of undocumented workers already living in the United States. Slightly more (47%), however, believe that legalizing those who are already here is more important. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on June 22 and 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.

  • 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.

  • Voters Want Tightly-Controlled Borders

    Voters want to crack down on illegal immigration, and to many, that still means locking down the borders.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters think it’s better for the United States to tightly control who comes into the country. That’s down from last May when 57% felt tightly controlling the border was the best option. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on June 18-19, 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 Say It's Easier to Stay in U.S. Illegally Than Other Countries

    Voters think it's easier to enter the United States illegally and stay here illegally than it is in most other countries around the globe.              

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters think it’s easier to stay in the United States once a person has entered the country illegally compared to most other nations in the world. Twelve percent (12%) believe it’s harder to stay in the United States illegally, while 24% feel the level of difficulty compared to other nations is about the same. Fifteen percent (15%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here).

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

  • 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.