Toplines - Maine NumbersUSA - December 7-9, 2021
Conducted December 7-9, 2021
By Rasmussen Reports
About 200,000 foreign migrants have been illegally crossing the border from Mexico each month. Are you very concerned, somewhat concerned, not very concerned, or not concerned at all about that level?
53% Very concerned
22% Somewhat concerned
17% Not very concerned
8% Not at all concerned
0% Not sure
Is the federal government doing about as much as it should to control the border with Mexico, or should it adopt stricter policies to reduce the flow of illegal crossings?
26% It is doing about as much as it should
63% It should adopt stricter policies
11% Not sure
Should most people who cross that border with Mexico illegally be returned to Mexico or allowed to live and work in the US until requested to appear in court?
61% Returned to Mexico
30% Allowed to live and work in the US until a court date
8% Not sure
Congress is debating Pres. Biden's Build Back Better plan. Congressional Democrats hope to pass the nearly $2 trillion dollar legislation through the budget reconciliation process to avoid a filibuster from Senate Republicans. How closely are you following this news?
54% Very closely
28% Somewhat closely
12% Not very closely
4% Not at all closely
2% Not sure
In general, do you support or oppose the Build Back Better legislation?
14% Not sure
Leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives have added a provision to the Build Back Better bill that would offer 10 years of work permits and legal status to approximately 8 million illegal immigrants. Opponents say this would encourage more illegal crossings at the border, while supporters say it won't make much difference. What seems more likely to you?
55% It would encourage more illegal border crossings
32% It won’t make much difference
13% Not sure
Which of the following four positions is closest to your own view: 1. You support the 10-year amnesty for illegal immigrants in the Build Back Better Bill, 2. you support the amnesty only if it includes additional provisions to stop future illegal immigration, 3. no amnesty should be considered until the border is under control, or 4. you oppose amnesty under any condition?
23% Support the 10-year amnesty in the Build Back Better bill
20% Support the amnesty only if it includes provisions to stop future illegal immigration
24% No amnesty should be considered until the border is under control
28% Oppose amnesty under any condition
5% Not sure
Would you be more inclined to vote for a member of Congress who supported work permits for approximately 8 million illegal immigrants without addressing the current level of illegal border crossings, or would you be less likely, or would it not make much difference?
23% Would be more likely to vote for a member of Congress who supported work permits for the 8 million illegal immigrants
56% Would be less likely to vote for a member of Congress who supported work permits for the 8 million illegal immigrants
16% Would not make much difference
5% Not sure
In trying to control illegal immigration, should the government mandate that all employers use the federal electronic E-Verify system to help ensure that they hire only legal workers for U.S. jobs?
24% Not sure
Do you favor legal immigrants being allowed to bring with them only a spouse and minor children, or do you favor them also eventually bringing in other adult relatives in a process that can include extended family and their spouses' families?
64% Favor legal immigrants being allowed to bring with them only a spouse and minor children
20% Favor them also eventually bringing in other adult relatives in a process that can include extended family and their spouses' families
16% Not sure
Do you favor allowing illegal border crossers and visa overstays to eventually bring in their adult relatives that can include extended family and their spouses’ families?
16% Not sure
When businesses say they are having trouble finding Americans to take jobs in construction, manufacturing, hospitality and other service work, what is generally best for the country? Is it better for businesses to raise the pay and try harder to recruit non-working Americans even if it causes prices to rise, or is it better for the government to bring in new foreign workers to help keep business costs and prices down?
59% Better for businesses to raise the pay and try harder to recruit non-working Americans even if it causes prices to rise
18% Better for the government to bring in new foreign workers to help keep business costs and prices down
23% Not sure
NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence