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67% of N.C. Voters Favor Immigration Reduction

North Carolina has added 5 million residents since 1980, and two-thirds of voters there support reducing immigration to control the state’s explosive growth.

A new telephone and online survey by Rasmussen Reports and NumbersUSA finds that only 14% of Likely North Carolina voters want their state’s population to continue to grow at the recent rapid rate, while 50% prefer it to grow much more slowly. Twenty percent (20%) want the North Carolina population to stay about the same size and 11% want the state’s population to become smaller. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

North Carolina’s population, which was less than 6 million in 1980, is now nearing 11 million. Sixty-seven percent (67%) of North Carolina voters believe the federal government should reduce new immigration to slow down the state’s population growth. Twenty-one percent (21%) favor keeping new immigration and population growth at the current rate. Just five percent (5%) want to increase annual immigration and population growth.

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The survey of 1,109 North Carolina Likely Voters was conducted on February 5-8, 2024, by Rasmussen Reports and NumbersUSA. 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.

There is a remarkable level of agreement across party lines on these questions. Fifty percent (50%) of Democrats, 52% of Republicans and 48% of North Carolina voters not affiliated with either major party prefer the state’s population to grow much more slowly. Majorities of every political category – 82% of Republicans, 50% of Democrats and 66% of unaffiliated voters – think the federal government should reduce new immigration to slow down North Carolina’s population growth.

Among other findings of the Rasmussen Reports/NumbersUSA survey of North Carolina voters:

– Nearly half (48%) of the state’s voters say the current level of growth – which is projected to add another 3.2 million residents by 2050 – is more negative for North Carolina, compared to 36% who see it as more positive. Another 16% are not sure.

– Mirroring national trends, an overwhelming majority (75%) of North Carolina voters say that, in trying to limit population growth by controlling illegal immigration, Congress should mandate that all employers use the federal electronic E-Verify system to help ensure that they hire only legal workers for U.S. jobs. Only 12% disagree, and another 12% are undecided.

– Federal data show that development has taken about 2,600 square miles of North Carolina’s farmland and natural habitat since 1982. A majority (54%) believe North Carolina has developed its open lands into cities, housing, and highways too much. Just 11% think the state has develop[ed too little, while 29% say it’s developed about as much as it should.

– Eighty-two percent (82%) are concerned about the ability to protect North Carolina farmland from development. The amount of cropland in North Carolina has declined by nearly 1.7 million acres since 1982, a loss of about 25% of the state’s cropland. Eighty-two percent (82%) consider the ongoing loss of cropland in North Carolina to be a problem, including 40% who see it as a major problem. Ninety-four percent (94%) believe it is important for the United States to have enough farmland to feed its own population into the future, as well as help feed people in other countries. Sixty-five percent (65%) agree that it is unethical to pave over and build on good cropland, compared to 22% who think the need for more housing is a legitimate reason to eliminate cropland.

– Just 24% say that, on balance, recent development in North Carolina has made it a better place to live, while 41% say development has made the state a worse place to live, and 26% say recent development did not have much effect.

– While 32% believe the government has been able to provide the roads and transportation systems to handle the extra population and vehicles in North Carolina fairly well, 62% say traffic has become much worse.

– The government reports that to make room in America for growing cities the last three decades, 19 million acres of surrounding woodlands have been eliminated. Eighty-nine percent (89%) of North Carolina voters consider this loss of natural wildlife habitat a significant problem, including 54% who see it as a Very Significant problem.

– Nearly half (47%) of North Carolina voters believe local and state governments should make it more difficult for people to move to the region from other states and other countries by restricting development.

– President Joe Biden’s approval rating among North Carolina voters is very nearly identical to nationwide numbers. Forty-two percent (42%) of the state’s voters approve of the job Biden is doing as president, including 27% who Strongly Approve. Fifty-five percent (55%) disapprove of Biden’s job performance, including 49% who Strongly Disapprove.

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The survey of 1,109 North Carolina Likely Voters was conducted on February 5-8, 2024, by Rasmussen Reports and NumbersUSA. 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.

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