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  • Most Want to Keep Out Central Americans Now At Mexico Border

    Most voters think the government should stop the caravan of Central Americans now at the Mexican border from entering the United States. Even more say failing to stop them will lead to more illegal immigration.

    Hundreds of people from Central America who have come across Mexico in a highly publicized group are threatening to enter the United States illegally any day now. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 54% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the U.S. government should stop them all from entering. Thirty-seven percent (37%) disagree and say the government should allow them to enter this country temporarily until each of their cases can be individually reviewed. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on April 26 and 29, 2018 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 Place Importance on Amnesty Over Border Control

    When it comes to immigration, voters want to take care of those brought here as children first, then focus on building a wall.

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on March 15 & 18, 2018 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.

  • U.S. vs. California: Voters Cool to Sanctuary States

    Voters aren’t enthusiastic about living in a so-called sanctuary state and tend to favor the U.S. Department of Justice’s decision to sue California for protecting illegal immigrants from federal authorities.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters oppose their state declaring itself a sanctuary state that protects illegal immigrants from the federal government. Thirty-nine percent (39%) favor such a move by their state. Fourteen percent (14%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on March 7-8, 2018 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 Favor Prosecuting Mayor Who Warned Illegals About ICE Raid

    Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf recently warned illegal immigrants in her city of a pending crackdown by federal immigration authorities, and federal officials now say that a number of violent criminal aliens escaped capture and deportation as a result. The U.S. Justice Department is considering legal action against Schaaf, and voters tend to support that move.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters think the U.S. Justice Department should seek obstruction of justice charges against the mayor for notifying illegal immigrants in her city that federal immigration authorities were about to conduct operations there. Thirty-six percent (36%) oppose prosecuting the mayor, but 16% 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 1 & 4, 2018 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 Stop Short of Pulling Immigration Agents from California

    President Trump has threatened to pull border control enforcement agencies out of California because of the state’s refusal to enforce most illegal immigration laws, but voters aren’t sure that’s the best approach.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 34% of Likely U.S. Voters agree with the government pulling its immigration agents out of the state over its refusal to enforce most laws aimed at curbing illegal immigration. Forty-five percent (45%), though, do not think the government should pull its immigration agents out, but another 21% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on February 25-26, 2018 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 Want Citizenship for Dreamers – And A Wall

    Most voters favor the immigration reform plan detailed by President Trump in his State of the Union speech and think it’s likely to finally produce a secure southern border.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters favor a proposal that would create a pathway to citizenship for those brought to this country illegally when they were children, build a wall on the Mexican border and change legal immigration to a more merit-based system. Thirty-two percent (32%) oppose a plan with those key elements in it, while 16% 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 February 1 and 4, 2018 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.

  • Are Illegal Immigrants Taking American Jobs?

    Illegal immigration continues to be a hot-button issue in Congress, but fewer Americans now feel threatened that illegal immigrants are taking their jobs.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 40% of Likely U.S. Voters think illegal immigrants take jobs away from U.S. citizens, but 50% disagree. Another 10% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on January 16-17, 2018 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 Believe Immigrants Want the American Dream

    As so-called Dreamers, immigrants who were illegally brought to the United States as children and were previously protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), rush to renew their applications to stay in the United States, more voters now believe most immigrants work hard to pursue the American Dream. They also have a favorable opinion of those who are working toward that dream.

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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 Conflicted Over Family-First Immigration Policy

    Lost in the furor over whether President Trump used off-color language in a private discussion of legal immigration is the issue he was addressing: Why isn’t the United States admitting higher skilled, better-educated immigrants? Maybe it’s because voters themselves are conflicted.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that a plurality (47%) of Likely U.S. Voters continues to favor the president’s plan for a merit-based system for legal immigration, favoring those with a higher level of skills. Thirty-six percent (36%) prefer to keep the existing family-based system, while 18% are undecided. This is little changed from when Trump first raised his proposal in April of last year. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on January 14-15, 2018 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.