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Voters Still Put Border Control Well Ahead of Legalizing Those Here Illegally

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Voters still strongly believe that gaining control of the border should be the legislative priority.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 65% of Likely U.S. Voters say gaining control of the border is more important in terms of immigration legislation that legalizing the status of undocumented workers already living in the United States. Twenty-seven percent (27%) disagree and say legalizing the status of illegal workers is more important. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

These numbers are consistent with findings for years.

Voters are evenly divided over whether young people brought to this country illegally by their parents should be viewed as breaking the law.  Making a distinction between illegal immigrants and their children is at the heart of the so-called DREAM Act that some in Congress are hoping to pass before the end of the lame duck session.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters nationwide was conducted on December 9-10, 2010 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.

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