Tuesday, October 12, 2010
While a majority of voters in California believe the policies of the federal government encourage illegal immigration, they are more evenly divided on whether this problem should be dealt with on the state or federal level.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state finds that 52% say the current policies of the federal government encourage people to enter the United States illegally. Only 25% disagree and feel these policies don’t encourage illegal immigration, while 23% more are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here).
When it comes to which is a better approach in dealing with illegal immigration, 46% say individual states should act on their own to enforce immigration laws. Forty-seven percent (47%) say immigration laws should be enforced by the federal government.
The survey of 750 Likely Voters in California was conducted October 3, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
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