61% Favor Immigration Reform With English As Official Language
There is broad support in America for comprehensive immigration reform, but the devil is in the details.
This reality is highlighted by comparing two different proposals for comprehensive reform. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 59% of Likely U.S. Voters support a proposal for securing the border and legalizing the status of illegal immigrants already in the country. Twenty-six percent (26%) are opposed.
However, the numbers shift when provisions are added to punish employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants and to make English the official language. Overall, support for the more comprehensive plan increases two points to 61%, while opposition declines three points to 23%. (See wording for both questions.)
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The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on March 20-21, 2013 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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