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Toplines - Immigration - October 10-11, 2009

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National Survey of 1,000 Likely Voters

Conducted October 10-11, 2009

By Rasmussen Reports

1*Do the policies and practices of the federal government encourage people to enter the United States illegally?

56% Yes
27% No
17% Not sure

2*If law enforcement officers know of places where immigrants gather to find work, should they sometimes conduct surprise raids to identify and deport illegal immigrants?

64% Yes
19% No
17% Not sure

3* When law enforcement officers conduct such raids, should they also identify and arrest the people who are hiring illegal immigrants?

71% Yes
15% No
14% Not sure


4* How concerned are you that efforts to identify and deport illegal immigrants will also end up violating the civil rights of some U.S. citizens?

28% Very concerned
33% Somewhat concerned
27% Not very concerned
9% Not at all concerned

4% Not sure

5* Some local law enforcement officers check the immigration status of people who have committed no other crime. To protect against civil rights violations, should the federal government prevent local law enforcement officers from checking the immigration status of suspected illegal immigrants who have committed no other crime?

33% Yes
46% No

21% Not sure

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence