Tuesday, December 31, 2019
The Rasmussen Reports Immigration Index for the week of December 23-28, 2019, is at 100.1, up from 97 the week before.
The Index is based on a series of questions designed to determine whether voters are moving toward an immigration system that encourages more immigration to the United States or a one that reduces the level of immigration here. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
All surveys are compared to a baseline – set the week of December 2-6, 2019 - which has been given an Index of 100. A weekly finding moving up over 100 indicates growing support for a more expansive immigration system. A weekly index number falling below 100 indicates increased support for a more restrictive immigration system.
Because weekly surveying for the Index has just begun, however, it is too early to draw any conclusions. Like all tracking surveys, it is best understood over time.
The Immigration Index will be updated every Tuesday at noon Eastern.
Among the findings in the latest survey, 43% of voters say the government is doing too little to reduce illegal border crossings and visitor overstays. Thirty-three percent (33%) think it’s doing too much, while 17% rate the level of action as about right.
Sixty-six percent (66%) believe the government should mandate that employers use the federal electronic E-Verify system to help ensure that they hire only legal workers for U.S. jobs.
But 45% of voters favor giving lifetime work permits to most of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants of all ages who currently reside in the United States. Forty-seven percent (47%) are opposed.
Fifty-eight percent (58%) favor giving lifetime work permits to most of the approximately two million illegal residents who came to this country when they were minors.
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