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.
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