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Immigration / Border Security             See also: Refugees in Europe | Terrorism


 
 

Monmouth University Poll. Sept. 15-19, 2017. N=1,009 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"How serious a problem do you think the issue of illegal immigration is for the United States right now: very, somewhat, not too, or not at all serious?"

 
    Very
serious
Somewhat
serious
Not too
serious
Not at all
serious
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/15-19/17

43 30 17 10 1
             

"Do you favor or oppose building a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/15-19/17

35 60 5    
             

"Do you feel your own personal way of life is or is not under threat from illegal immigrants from Mexico?" RV = registered voters

 
    Under
threat
Not under
threat
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/15-19/17

19 76 3 2  
 

8/4-7/17 RV

28 69 1 1  
             

"Do you think illegal immigrants coming to this country today take jobs away from American citizens, or do they mostly take jobs Americans don't want?"

 
    Take jobs
away from
citizens
Take jobs
Americans
don't want
Both
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/15-19/17

23 59 12 5  
             

"If you had to choose, what do you think should happen to most illegal immigrants who have lived and worked in the U.S. for at least two years? They should be given a chance to keep their jobs and eventually apply for legal status. OR, They should be deported back to their native country." Options rotated

 
    Given chance
to keep jobs
Deported Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/15-19/17

76 19 5    
             

"Some people illegally immigrated to the U.S. with their families when they were children. Would you support or oppose making these immigrants return to their birth country and re-apply for entry to the U.S.?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/15-19/17

33 61 5    
             

"And would you support or oppose allowing people who illegally immigrated when they were children to automatically become U.S. citizens, as long as they don't have a criminal record?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/15-19/17

70 28 2    

 

Quinnipiac University. Aug. 9-15, 2017. N=1,361 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.4.

             

"Which comes closest to your view about illegal immigrants who are currently living in the United States? (A) They should be allowed to stay in the United States and to eventually apply for U.S. citizenship. (B) They should be allowed to remain in the United States, but not be allowed to apply for U.S. citizenship. (C) They should be required to leave the U.S."

 
    Stay,
apply for
citizenship
Remain, not
apply for
citizenship
Be required
to leave
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

8/9-15/17

63 10 22 4  
 

3/2-6/17

63 11 23 4  
 

1/5-9/17

59 9 25 6  
 

11/17-20/16

60 12 25 4  
 

7/23-28/15

55 9 32 4  
 

11/18-23/14

48 11 35 6  
 

11/6-11/13

57 12 26 4  
 

6/28 - 7/8/13

54 12 28 6  
 

5/22-28/13

54 12 29 5  
 

4/25-29/13

52 11 30 6  
 

3/26 - 4/1/13

59 11 25 5  
 

1/30 - 2/4/13

56 10 30 4  
 

11/28 - 12/3/12

57 11 26 5  
             

"There is a proposal to cut in half the number of legal immigrants coming into the United States, with priority given to immigrants with job skills rather than to immigrants with family ties in this country. Do you support or oppose this proposal?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

8/9-15/17

44 48 8    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by Hart Research Associates (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R). Aug. 5-9, 2017. N=1,200 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.8.

             

"Which of these statements comes closer to your point of view? Statement A: Immigration adds to our character and strengthens the United States because it brings diversity, new workers, and new creative talent to this country. Statement B: Immigration detracts from our character and weakens the United States because it puts too many burdens on government services, causes language barriers, and creates housing problems." Options rotated

 
    Strengthens
the U.S.
Weakens
the U.S.
Depends/
Both (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

8/5-9/17

64 28 6 2  
 

4/5-8/13

54 36 6 4  
 

5/20-23/10

47 44 5 4  
 

3/31 - 4/3/05

41 48 10 1  
             

"As you know, currently American citizens and legal residents are generally able to bring family members into the United States as legal residents. There is a proposal that would change the immigration system to a merit-based system that favors applicants based upon their skills, education, and ability to speak English. If the system changed, this would mean that many immigrants who have family members in the United States would not be allowed to live here permanently and would effectively cut legal immigration by about 50 percent.

"Do you consider this proposal to change the immigration system to be a good idea or a bad idea? If you do not have an opinion either way, please just say so."
Half sample

 
    Good
idea
Bad
idea
No opinion
either way
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

8/5-9/17

27 45 27 1  

 

CBS News Poll. Aug. 3-6, 2017. N=1,111 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.
RV = registered voters

             

"Should LEGAL immigration into the United States be kept at its present level, increased, or decreased?"

 
    Present
level
Increased Decreased Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

8/3-6/17

43 23 30 4  
 

4/24-28/13

35 25 31 8  
 

9/10-15/11

36 19 38 7  
 

4/28 - 5/2/10

44 17 31 8  
             

"Do you favor or oppose building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to try to stop illegal immigration?"
2/17 & earlier: "Would you favor or oppose building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to try to stop illegal immigration?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

8/3-6/17

36 61 3    
 

Republicans

72 26 2    
 

Democrats

9 88 3    
 

Independents

35 62 4    
 
 

2/17-21/17

39 58 3    
 

1/13-16/17

37 59 3    
 

7/8-12/16 RV

39 57 4    
             

"If a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is built who do you think will ultimately pay for it: the United States or Mexico?"

 
    The U.S. Mexico Both (vol.) Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

8/3-6/17

85 10 - 5  
 

1/13-16/17

79 14 4 3  

 

Gallup Poll. June 7-11, 2017. N=1,009 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Thinking now about immigrants, that is, people who come from other countries to live here in the United States: In your view, should immigration be kept at its present level, increased or decreased?"

 
    Present
level
Increased Decreased Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/7-11/17

38 24 35 3  
 

6/7 - 7/1/16

38 21 38 3  
 

6/15 - 7/10/15

40 25 34 1  
 

6/5-8/14

33 22 41 4  
 

2/6-9/14

35 27 36 2  
 

6/13 - 7/5/13

40 23 35 2  
 

6/7-10/12

42 21 35 3  
             

"On the whole, do you think immigration is a good thing or a bad thing for this country today?"

 
    Good
thing
Bad
thing
Mixed
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/7-11/17

71 23 4 2  
 

6/7 - 7/1/16

72 25 2 1  
 

6/15 - 7/10/15

73 24 2 1  
 

6/5-8/14

63 33 3 1  
 

6/13 - 7/5/13

72 25 2 1  
 

6/7-10/12

66 29 3 2  

 

Quinnipiac University. May 4-9, 2017. N=1,078 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you support or oppose building a wall along the border with Mexico?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

5/4-9/17

33 64 3    
 

4/12-18/17

33 64 3    
 

3/30 - 4/3/17

33 64 3    
 

2/16-21/17

37 60 3    
 

2/2-6/17

38 59 3    
 

11/17-20/16

42 55 3    
             

"As you may know, President Trump has said that Mexico will eventually pay for the border wall, one way or another. Do you believe that this is true or not?"

 
    True Not true Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

5/4-9/17

25 71 4    

 

McClatchy-Marist Poll. March 22-27, 2017. N=1,062 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you favor or oppose Congress providing a way for undocumented immigrants who are currently in the U.S. to gain legal citizenship if they learn English, pay fines and have jobs that pay taxes?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/22-27/17

83 15 3    
 

2/15-19/17

80 15 5    
             

"Do you favor or oppose Donald Trump's executive order to limit entrance to the United States of non-American citizens from six majority-Muslim countries?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/22-27/17

43 52 5    

 

Quinnipiac University. March 16-21, 2017. N=1,056 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you support or oppose suspending immigration from 'terror prone' regions, even if it means turning away refugees from those regions?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

3/16-21/17

42 52 6    
 

3/2-6/17

42 51 7    
 

2/16-21/17

43 49 8    
 

2/2-6/17

44 50 6    
 

1/5-9/17

48 42 10    
 

11/17-20/16

50 44 6    
             

"As you may know, Donald Trump has issued a revised executive order that temporarily bans people from entering the U.S. who are from the countries of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Do you support or oppose this action?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

3/16-21/17

43 55 2    
             

"As you may know, Donald Trump has issued a revised executive order that temporarily bans the immigration of all refugees to the U.S., regardless of where they are coming from. Do you support or oppose this action?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

3/16-21/17

35 61 4    
             

"As you may know, the courts have blocked President Trump's revised executive order on immigration. Do you approve or disapprove of the courts blocking President Trump's revised executive order?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

3/16-21/17

58 40 2    

 

CNN/ORC Poll. March 1-4, 2017. N=1,025 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Thinking about the way the U.S. government deals with the issue of illegal immigration, which of the following policy goals should be the government's top priority? Deporting immigrants already in the U.S. illegally. Developing a plan to stop immigrants from entering the U.S. illegally. Developing a plan to allow those in the U.S. illegally who have jobs to become legal residents."

 
    Deport
immigrants
here illegally
Stop from
entering U.S.
illegally
Allow those
with jobs to
become legal
residents
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/1-4/17

13 26 60 1  
 

9/1-4/16

11 36 51 2  
 

11/27 - 12/1/15

13 37 49 1  
 

9/4-8/15

14 39 46 1  
             

"Do you think the government should attempt to deport all people currently living in the country illegally or should the government not attempt to do that?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/1-4/17

27 71 2    
 

9/1-4/16

30 66 4    
 

11/27 - 12/1/15

35 63 2    
             

"Do you think the government should attempt to deport all people currently living in the country illegally who have been convicted of other crimes while living in the U.S., or should the government not attempt to do that?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/1-4/17

78 19 3    
 

9/1-4/16

83 15 2    
             

"Thinking about the way that the U.S. goes about enforcing immigration policies, which of the following concerns you more? Deportation efforts will go too far and result in deportation of people who haven't committed serious crimes. Deportation efforts won't go far enough and dangerous criminals will remain in the United States."

 
    Will go
too far
Won't go far
enough
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/1-4/17

58 40 2    
             

"Now, thinking about how the U.S. government should treat illegal immigrants who have been in this country for a number of years, hold a job, speak English and are willing to pay any back taxes that they owe. Would you favor or oppose a bill that allowed those immigrants to stay in this country rather than being deported and eventually allow them to apply for U.S. citizenship?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/1-4/17

90 9 1    
 

9/1-4/16

88 11 -    
 

1/31 - 2/2/14

81 17 2    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by Hart Research Associates (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R). Feb. 18-22, 2017. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"President Trump implemented a temporary travel ban for people from seven countries including Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. This ban would last for three or four months for people from these countries and indefinitely for refugees from Syria until enhanced vetting procedures could be put into place. This ban was struck down by the federal courts and the existing vetting process that was being used before President Trump's travel ban remains in place.

"Do you think a temporary ban from these seven countries is necessary as a safeguard against terrorism until enhanced vetting procedures can be put into place; is unnecessary because it goes against American principles and travel can become more secure as vetting procedures are improved; or, do you not know enough about this issue to have an opinion at this time?"

 
    Is
necessary
Is
unnecessary
Do not know
enough
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

2/18-22/17

44 45 10 1  

 

CBS News Poll. Feb. 17-21, 2017. N=1,280 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.
RV = registered voters

             

"Which comes closest to your view about illegal immigrants who are living in the U.S.? They should be allowed to stay in the U.S. and eventually apply for citizenship. They should be allowed to stay in the U.S. legally, but not be allowed to apply for citizenship. OR, They should be required to leave the U.S." Options rotated

 
    Stay,
apply for
citizenship
Stay, not
apply for
citizenship
Be required
to leave
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

2/17-21/17

60 13 23 4  
 

1/13-16/17

61 13 22 4  
 

9/9-13/16 RV

60 12 22 5  
 

7/8-12/16

61 12 23 4  
 

1/7-10/16

53 13 29 5  
 

10/21-25/15

58 11 26 5  
 

9/9-13/15

58 10 27 5  
 

7/29 - 8/2/15

61 9 26 5  
 

4/30 - 5/3/15

57 11 29 3  
 

3/21-24/15

56 11 29 5  
 

1/9-12/15

54 15 27 4  
 

9/12-15/14

50 13 32 6  
 

7/29 - 8/4/14

54 11 30 5  
 

5/16-19/14

51 15 29 4  
 

3/20-23/14

56 12 29 3  
 

2/19-23/14

53 16 27 3  
 

1/17-21/14

54 12 31 4  
             

"Compared to American citizens, how likely do you think ILLEGAL immigrants are to commit crimes? Are illegal immigrants more likely, less likely, or about as likely to commit crimes as American citizens?"

 
    More
likely
Less
likely
About as
likely
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

2/17-21/17

20 17 60 3  
 

Republicans

38 7 53 2  
 

Democrats

9 25 63 2  
 

Independents

17 17 62 4  
 
 

9/9-13/16 RV

25 14 59 2  

 

Quinnipiac University. Feb. 16-21, 2017. N=1,323 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.7.

             

"Thinking about people who have immigrated to the U.S. illegally, who do you think should be deported: should no illegal immigrants be deported, only illegal immigrants that have committed a serious crime, only illegal immigrants that have committed any crime, or should all illegal immigrants be deported?"

 
    None
of them
Only if
a serious
crime
Any
crime
All
of them
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

2/16-21/17

3 53 22 19 3
             

"Do you support or oppose suspending all travel by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen to the U.S. for 90 days?"
2/2-6/17 included intro: "Now I'd like to ask you a few questions about President Trump's executive order on immigration. ..."

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

2/16-21/17

45 53 2    
 

2/2-6/17

46 51 3    
             

"Do you support or oppose suspending the immigration of all refugees to the U.S., regardless of where they are coming from, for 120 days?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

2/16-21/17

37 60 3    
 

2/2-6/17

37 60 3    
             

"Do you support or oppose suspending all immigration of Syrian refugees to the U.S. indefinitely?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

2/16-21/17

27 68 4    
 

2/2-6/17

26 70 4    
             

"Do you think President Trump's executive order on immigration makes the nation more safe, less safe, or doesn't it affect the safety of the nation?"

 
    More
safe
Less
safe
Doesn't
affect safety
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

2/16-21/17

37 35 25 3  
 

2/2-6/17

38 39 21 2  
             

"As you may know, the courts have blocked President Trump's executive order on immigration. Do you approve or disapprove of the courts blocking President Trump's executive order?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

2/16-21/17

59 38 3    
             

"Do you think the Trump administration has provided enough evidence to support the need to suspend immigration from seven countries and all refugees, or not?"

 
    Has Has not Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

2/16-21/17

35 61 5    
             

"Which do you think poses a greater terrorist threat to the U.S.: terrorists hiding among Syrian refugees, radicalized foreign visitors, or so-called 'homegrown jihadists'?"

 
    Terrorist
refugees
Radicalized
visitors
Homegrown
jihadists
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

2/16-21/17

15 12 61 12  
 

2/2-6/17

14 17 56 13  
 

12/16-20/15

15 18 55 12  

 

McClatchy-Marist Poll. Feb. 15-19, 2017. N=1,073 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"'Sanctuary City' is a term used to describe U.S. cities which do not enforce immigration laws and allow undocumented immigrants to live there and, in many cases, receive services. Which comes closer to your opinion? Undocumented immigrants should be deported so there is no reason to have sanctuary cities. Sanctuary cities are needed to provide services to undocumented immigrants while they are in this country."

 
    No reason to
have them
They are
needed
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/15-19/17

41 50 10    
             

"Do you support or oppose the federal government cutting funds to cities that provide sanctuary for undocumented immigrants?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/15-19/17

42 53 5    

 

Pew Research Center. Feb. 7-12, 2017. N=1,503 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.9.

             

"How much, if anything, have you heard or read about the executive order signed by Donald Trump to stop refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days and prevent people from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the U.S. on a visa for 90 days? Have you heard a lot, a little, or nothing at all?"

 
    A lot A little Nothing
at all
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

2/7-12/17

78 18 4 1  
             

"Overall, would you say you approve or disapprove of this policy?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

2/7-12/17

38 59 3    
             

"Regardless of whether you approve or disapprove of this policy, do you think the Trump administration did an excellent, good, only fair, or poor job communicating the executive order and putting it into effect?"

 
    Excellent Good Only fair Poor Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

2/7-12/17

8 20 17 53 2
             

"Do you think this executive order increases the chance of a terrorist attack on the U.S., decreases the chance of a terrorist attack on the U.S., or doesn't make much difference either way?"

 
    Increases
chances
Decreases
chances
Doesn't
make much
difference
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

2/7-12/17

38 22 36 3  
             

"All in all, would you favor or oppose building a wall along the entire border with Mexico?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

2/7-12/17

35 62 3    
 

8/9-16/16

36 61 3    
 

3/17-27/16

34 62 4    
             

"If the U.S. builds a wall along the entire border with Mexico, do you think Mexico or the United States would ultimately pay for it?" Options rotated

 
    Mexico United
States
Both
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

2/7-12/17

16 70 8 5  
             

"Do you think a wall along the entire border with Mexico would lead to a major reduction in illegal immigration into the U.S., a minor reduction in illegal immigration, or not have much impact?"

 
    Major
reduction
Minor
reduction
Not have
much impact
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

2/7-12/17

29 25 43 3  

 

Quinnipiac University. Feb. 2-6, 2017. N=1,155 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.9.

             

"Now I'd like to ask you a few questions about President Trump's executive order on immigration.

"Do you support or oppose suspending all travel by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen to the U.S. for 90 days?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

ALL

46 51 3    
 

Republicans

88 11 1    
 

Democrats

9 88 3    
 

Independents

45 51 5    
             

"Do you support or oppose suspending the immigration of all refugees to the U.S., regardless of where they are coming from, for 120 days?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

ALL

37 60 3    
 

Republicans

75 22 3    
 

Democrats

8 92 1    
 

Independents

31 64 5    
             

"Do you think President Trump's executive order on immigration is intended to be a ban on Muslim immigration, or not?"

 
    A ban Not a ban Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

2/2-6/17

51 45 4    
             

"Do you think exceptions to President Trump's immigration order should be made for Iraqi citizens that helped the U.S. military, or not?"

 
    Should
be made
Should not
be made
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

2/2-6/17

76 17 7    
             

"Do you think that countries who have been linked to the 9/11 terrorist attack, such as Saudi Arabia, should have been included on President Trump's immigration order, or not?"

 
    Should have
been included
Should not
have been
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

2/2-6/17

67 25 8    

 

CBS News Poll. Feb. 1-2, 2017. N=1,019 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"As you may know, Donald Trump has issued an executive order that temporarily bans people from entering the U.S. who are from the countries of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Do you approve or disapprove of this action?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

2/1-2/17

45 51 4    
             

"Do you think temporarily banning people from these countries will make the United States safer from terrorism by preventing unwanted people from entering the country, less safe from terrorism by making people around the world angry at the U.S., or will temporarily banning people from these countries have no effect on the United States' safety from terrorism?"

 
    Safer Less safe No effect Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

2/1-2/17

36 36 22 7  
             

"As you may know, Donald Trump's executive order also temporarily bans any refugees -- those forced to leave their country due to violence or persecution -- from entering the United States. Do you approve or disapprove of temporarily banning refugees from entering the U.S.?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

2/1-2/17

45 51 5    
             

"Do you think that temporarily banning any refugees from entering the U.S. is in keeping with the founding principles of this country or goes against the founding principles of this country?"

 
    Is in
keeping
Goes
against
Do not
apply (vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

2/1-2/17

35 57 2 7  
             

"When the U.S. government is deciding which immigrants to admit to this country, should priority be given to people who are Christians, or should the U.S. government treat all potential immigrants the same regardless of religion?"

 
    Priority to
Christians
Treat all
the same
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

2/1-2/17

8 88 4    
             

"Do you think the U.S. should temporarily ban all Muslims from other countries from entering the United States, or not?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

2/1-2/17

19 75 5    

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2017. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"As you may know, Donald Trump signed an executive order which prohibits travel to the U.S. for the next three months by citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries, and suspends the U.S. refugee program for four months while reducing the total number of refugees the U.S. will accept this year. Overall, do you favor or oppose this executive order?"

 
    Favor Oppose      
    % %      
 

1/31 - 2/2/17

47 53      
             

"Do you think this executive order makes the U.S. safer from terrorism, or makes the U.S. less safe from terrorism?" Options rotated

 
    Safer Less safe No
difference
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/31 - 2/2/17

41 46 12 1  
             

"Do you think this executive order does more to protect American values by keeping out people who don't support them, or harm American values by preventing those seeking asylum from entering the U.S.?" Options rotated

 
    Protect Harm Neither
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/31 - 2/2/17

43 49 7 1  
             

"Do you favor or oppose allowing refugees from Syria to seek asylum in the United States? ... Do you favor/oppose that strongly or just somewhat?"

 
    Strongly
favor
Somewhat
favor
Somewhat
oppose
Strongly
oppose

Unsure

    % % % % %
 

1/31 - 2/2/17

25 29 18 27 2
 

11/27 - 12/1/15

16 22 18 43 1
             

"Overall, do you think the executive order is an attempt to ban Muslims from entering the United States, or not?"

 
    Attempt to
ban Muslims
Not attempt
to ban
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/31 - 2/2/17

55 44 1    
             

"Would you favor or oppose building a wall along the entire border with Mexico?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/31 - 2/2/17

38 60 1    

 

Gallup Poll. Jan. 30-31, 2017. N=1,018 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Thinking now about some of the specific actions Donald Trump has taken since he has been in office, would you say you approve or disapprove of each of the following? How about [see below]?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"Ordering a temporary ban on entry into the U.S. for most people from seven predominantly Muslim countries"

 

1/30-31/17

42 55 3    
             
 

"Indefinitely suspending the United States' Syrian refugee program"

 

1/30-31/17

36 58 6    
             
 

"Ordering the construction of a wall along the southern border with Mexico"

 

1/30-31/17

38 60 2    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Jan. 12-15, 2017. N=1,005 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Please tell me if you support or oppose each item I name. ... How about building a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/12-15/17

37 60 3    

 

Quinnipiac University. Jan. 5-9, 2017. N=899 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.3.

             

"Do you support or oppose requiring immigrants from Muslim countries to register with the federal government?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

1/5-9/17

53 41 6    

 

Politico/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Poll. Dec. 16-20, 2016. N=530 adults nationwide. Margin of error 5.1.

             

"There are currently millions of unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. How serious a problem, if at all, do you think this is? Would you say it is a very serious problem, a somewhat serious problem, not much of a problem, or not a problem at all?"

 
    Very
serious
Somewhat
serious
Not much of
a problem
Not a
problem
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

12/16-20/16

30 27 24 16 3
             

"Which of the following comes closest to your view on how the immigration system should approach this situation? Allow them a way to become citizens providing they meet certain requirements. Allow them to become permanent legal residents, but not citizens. Identify and deport those with criminal records. Identify and deport all of them."

 
    A way to
become
citizens
Legal
residents, but
not citizens
Deport
criminals
Deport
all of them
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

12/16-20/16

46 9 34 8 3
             

"On the topic of immigration, President-elect Trump has proposed a number of initiatives. Please tell me whether you FAVOR or OPPOSE each of the following Trump proposals. ..."

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 
 

"Building a wall along the Mexican border to help stop illegal immigration"

 

12/16-20/16

35 62 3    
             
 

"Deporting unauthorized immigrants who are currently in the U.S."

 

12/16-20/16

37 55 8    
             
 

"Banning future immigration from regions where there are active terrorist groups"

 

12/16-20/16

50 45 5    
             
 

"Banning future immigration of people who are Muslim"

 

12/16-20/16

18 70 12    
             

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Sept. 5-8, 2016. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Overall, do you think immigrants from other countries mainly strengthen or mainly weaken American society?"

 
    Strengthen Weaken Neither
(vol.)
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/5-8/16

64 24 1 7 5
 

1/21-24/16

55 35 3 5 3
 

7/16-19/15

57 33 1 5 4
             

"Which of these do you prefer: creating a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who pass background checks, or deporting all undocumented immigrants?" Options rotated

 
    Path to
citizenship
Deporting
all
Other
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/5-8/16

79 15 2 4  
             

"Do you support or oppose building a wall across the entire U.S. border with Mexico?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/5-8/16

34 63 3    

 

Pew Research Center. Aug. 9-16, 2016. N=2,010 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.5.

             

"What should be the priority for dealing with illegal immigration in the U.S.: one, better border security and stronger enforcement of our immigration laws; OR, two, creating a way for immigrants already here illegally to become citizens if they meet certain requirements; OR, should BOTH be given equal priority?"
8/14 & earlier: "What should be the priority for dealing with illegal immigration in the U.S.: one, better border security and stronger enforcement of our immigration laws; OR, two, creating a way for illegal immigrants already here to become citizens if they meet certain requirements; OR, should BOTH be given equal priority?"

 
    Border
security/
Enforcement
Pathway to
citizenship
Both
equally
None of
these (vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

8/9-16/16

24 29 45 - 1
 

8/20-24/14

33 23 41 1 2
 

2/13-18/13

25 25 47 1 2
 

6/7-17/12

28 27 42 1 2

 

Monmouth University Poll. Aug. 4-7, 2016. N=803 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Do you feel your own personal way of life is or is not under threat from illegal immigrants from Mexico?"

 
    Under
threat
Not under
threat
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

ALL

28 69 1 1  
 

Republicans

51 46 2 1  
 

Independents

30 68 1 1  
 

Democrats

9 89 1 1  

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. July 8-12, 2016. N=1,600 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you think illegal immigrants coming to this country today take jobs away from American citizens, or do they mostly take jobs Americans don't want?"

 
    Take jobs
away from
citizens
Take jobs
Americans
don't want
Both
(vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

7/8-12/16

27 64 5 4  

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. May 16-19, 2016. N=1,005 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"In general, do you think undocumented immigrants in the United States should be allowed to stay or should be deported back to their native countries?" Options rotated

 
    Allowed
to stay
Deported Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/16-19/16

50 44 6    

 

Pew Research Center. March 17-27, 2016. N=2,254 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.4.

             

"I'm going to read you some pairs of statements that will help us understand how you feel about a number of things. As I read each pair, tell me whether the FIRST statement or the SECOND statement comes closer to your own views even if neither is exactly right. ...

"Immigrants today strengthen our country because of their hard work and talents. Immigrants today are a burden on our country because they take our jobs, housing and health care."

 
    Strengthen
our country
A burden on
our country
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

3/17-27/16

59 33 8    
 

8/27 - 10/4/15

53 38 10    
 

5/12-18/15

51 41 8    
 

1/23 - 3/16/14

57 35 8    
 

12/3-8/13

53 35 11    
 

10/30 - 11/6/13

49 40 11    
 

3/13-17/13

49 41 10    
 

1/4-8/12

48 37 15    
 

2/22 - 3/14/11

45 44 12    
             

"Which comes closer to your view about how to handle undocumented immigrants who are now living in the U.S.? There should be a way for them to stay in the country legally, if certain requirements are met. OR, They should not be allowed to stay in this country legally." Options rotated
2/14: "Which comes closer to your view about how to handle undocumented immigrants who are now living in the U.S.? They should not be allowed to stay in the country legally. There should be a way for those who meet certain requirements to stay in the country legally."
3/13 & 5/15: "Which comes closer to your view about how to handle immigrants who are now living in the U.S. illegally? They should not be allowed to stay in the country legally. There should be a way for those who meet certain requirements to stay in the country legally."

 
    Allowed
to stay
Not allowed
to stay
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

3/17-27/16

75 23 2    
 

9/22-27/15

74 24 3    
 

5/12-18/15

72 27 2    
 

12/3-7/14

70 27 3    
 

10/15-20/14

71 25 3    
 

7/8-14/14

68 30 3    
 

2/14-23/14

73 24 3    
 

6/12-16/13

71 27 2    
 

5/1-5/13

73 25 3    
 

3/13-17/13

71 27 2    
             

"All in all, would you favor or oppose building a fence along the entire border with Mexico?" Form 1 (N=1,130)

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

3/17-27/16

38 58 4    
 

9/22-27/15

46 48 5    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. March 3-6, 2016. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"There are about 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. Would you support or oppose an effort by the federal government to deport all these undocumented immigrants and send them back to their home countries?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/3-6/16

36 61 4    
 

11/16-19/15

42 55 2    

 

Quinnipiac University. Dec. 16-20, 2015. N=1,140 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.9.

             

"Do you support or oppose accepting Syrian refugees into the U.S.?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

12/16-20/15

43 51 5    
 

Republicans

13 82 5    
 

Democrats

74 22 4    
 

Independents

42 51 6    
 
 

11/23-30/15

42 52 6    
             

"Do you support or oppose banning people who are Muslim from entering the U.S.?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

12/16-20/15

27 66 7    
 

Republicans

41 51 7    
 

Democrats

18 79 3    
 

Independents

22 67 11    

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Dec. 4-8, 2015. N=1,275 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Which comes closer to your opinion about Syrian refugees who want to come to the United States? The U.S. should allow refugees from Syria into the United States as long as they go through a security clearance process. OR, The U.S. should not allow any refugees from Syria into the United States at this time."

 
    Should
allow
Should not
allow
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

12/4-8/15

49 47 3    
 

Republicans

22 76 1    
 

Democrats

66 32 2    
 

Independents

53 43 4    
 
 

11/19-22/15

47 50 3    

 

Public Religion Research Institute/Religion News Service. Dec. 2-6, 2015. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.7.

             

"Which comes closer to your view about how the U.S. should deal with Syrian refugees who want to come to this country? The U.S. should allow refugees from Syria into the United States as long as they go through a security clearance process. The U.S. should not allow any refugees from Syria into the United States at this time."

 
    Should
allow
Should not
allow
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

12/2-6/15

53 41 7    

 

Quinnipiac University. Nov. 23-30, 2015. N=1,453 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.6.

             

"Do you think the security screening process for Syrian refugees entering the U.S. should be made stricter, less strict, or is it about right?" Split sample

 
    Should be
stricter
Should be
less strict
Is about
right
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

11/23-30/15

69 1 24 6  
             

"As you may know, Syrian refugees are required to go through a security screening process before entering the United States. This process includes multiple background checks, finger-printings, interviews, and approval by the Department of Homeland Security. Do you think the security screening process for Syrian refugees entering the U.S. should be made stricter, less strict, or is it about right?" Split sample

 
    Should be
stricter
Should be
less strict
Is about
right
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

11/23-30/15

53 3 41 3  

 

CBS News Poll. Nov. 19-22, 2015. N=1,205 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Which comes closer to your opinion about Syrian refugees who want to come to the United States? The U.S. should allow refugees from Syria into the United States as long as they go through a security clearance process. OR, The U.S. should not allow any refugees from Syria into the United States at this time."

 
    Should
allow
Should not
allow
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

ALL

47 50 3    
 

Republicans

27 68 5    
 

Democrats

63 36 2    
 

Independents

47 49 4    
             

"Do you think it is necessary for Syrian refugees who want to come to the United States to go through a stricter security clearance process than they do now, or don't you think that is necessary?"

 
    Is
necessary
Is not
necessary
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

ALL

78 15 7    
 

Republicans

87 6 7    
 

Democrats

77 19 4    
 

Independents

74 16 10    
             

"Do you think allowing Syrian refugees into the U.S. poses a threat to the security of the United States, or not? ..."

 
    Yes, major
threat
Yes, minor
threat
No, not a
threat
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

ALL

45 22 26 6  
 

Republicans

66 19 12 4  
 

Democrats

33 25 36 6  
 

Independents

42 23 28 7  

 

Gallup Poll. Nov. 20-21, 2015. N=1,013 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"As you may know, there are many refugees who left Syria to escape the situation there. It has been suggested that the U.S. permit at least 10,000 of these people to come to this country. Would you approve or disapprove of this plan?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/20-21/15

37 60 3    
 

Democrats

57 40 3    
 

Independents

37 58 5    
 

Republicans

15 84 1    
             

"Would you approve or disapprove of having your state take some of these refugees from Syria?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/20-21/15

37 60 4    
             

"If some of these Syrian refugees came to live in your community, do you think they would be welcomed, or not?"

 
    Would be
welcomed
Would not
be welcomed
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/20-21/15

49 46 6    
 

Democrats

60 34 6    
 

Independents

49 46 5    
 

Republicans

38 56 6    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Nov. 16-19, 2015. N=1,004 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Do you support or oppose the United States taking in refugees from the conflicts in Syria and other Mideast countries after screening them for security?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/16-19/15

43 54 3    
             

"How confident are you that the United States can identify and keep out possible terrorists who may be among these refugees: very confident, somewhat confident, not so confident or not confident at all?"

 
    Very
confident
Somewhat
confident
Not so
confident
Not at all
confident
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

11/16-19/15

13 34 23 29 1
             

"The Islamic State, or ISIS, has been targeting people who are not fundamentalist Sunni Muslims. This includes Shiite Muslims, moderate Sunni Muslims, Yazidis, and Christians, among others. To the extent that the United States accepts refugees from these areas, do you think it should give special consideration to Christians, or do you think it should give equal consideration to all people who've been persecuted by ISIS, regardless of their religion?" Options rotated

 
    Special
consideration
to Christians
Equal
consideration
to all
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/16-19/15

18 78 4    

 

Bloomberg Politics Poll conducted by Selzer & Company. Nov. 15-17, 2015. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

 

"Which of the following do you think is the best approach for the U.S. to take with refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria? Proceed with the plan to resettle 10,000 refugees without religious screening. Resettle only Christian refugees from Syria. Do not accept any Syrian refugees into the U.S." Asked Nov. 16-17, 2015, only. N=628 adults. Margin of error 3.9.

 

Resettle w/o
religious
screening
Resettle
Christians
only
Do not
accept any
Unsure
% % % %

ALL

28 11 53 8

Republicans

12 11 69 7

Democrats

46 9 36 9

 

"President Obama halted the deportation of some immigrants living in the country illegally if they came here before age 16, have been in the country for five years, have no criminal record, are in school or have a high school diploma or have been honorably discharged from the military. Do you think this policy should or should not continue?"

 

Should Should not Unsure
% % %

ALL

63 30 7

Republicans

50 43 7

Democrats

77 18 5

 

"Some candidates favor rounding up 11 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally and sending them to their home country. Do you think this is the right way or the wrong way to address the situation?"

 

Right way Wrong way Unsure
% % %

ALL

27 63 10

Republicans

37 54 9

Democrats

17 73 9

 

Pew Research Center. Sept. 22-27, 2015. N=1,502 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.9.

             

"How much, if anything, have you heard about large numbers of migrants fleeing violence in Syria and other countries and entering Europe? Have you heard a lot, a little, nothing at all?"

 
    A lot A little Nothing
at all
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

9/22-27/15

55 32 12 1  
             

"In order to help deal with this situation, the United States recently announced it will increase the number of refugees it accepts. All in all, do you approve or disapprove of this decision?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

ALL

51 45 4    
 

Republicans

30 67 3    
 

Democrats

69 29 2    
 

Independents

51 43 5    
             

"In general, do you think the United States should be doing more, should be doing less, or is the U.S. doing about what it should to address the refugee situation?"

 
    More Less Doing what
it should
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

9/22-27/15

44 19 31 6  

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by Hart Research Associates (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R). Sept. 20-24, 2015. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"As you may know, under our constitution and current laws, all children born in the United States are automatically granted citizenship. Do you think we should continue to grant citizenship to all children born in the U.S. or do you think this should be changed so children of illegal immigrants are not automatically granted citizenship?"

 
    Grant
citizenship
to all born
in the U.S.
No automatic
citizenship for
kids of illegal
immigrants
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/20-24/15

53 42 5    
 

5/20-23/10

49 46 5    
             

"Millions of Syrian refugees have fled their homes since the outbreak of civil war there and many are seeking to live in other countries including Europe and the United States. The Obama administration is recommending the United States take in at least ten thousand Syrian refugees over the next year. Do you think the United States should take in more refugees from Syria, take in fewer refugees from Syria, this is about the right amount, or should the United States take no Syrian refugees at all?" Half sample

 
    Take more Take fewer Right
amount
Take none
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/20-24/15

21 17 35 24 3

 

Quinnipiac University. Sept. 17-21, 2015. N=1,574 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.5.

             

"Thinking about the migrant crisis in Europe. Do you support or oppose admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees to the U.S. over the next year?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

9/17-21/15

41 53 7    
             

"Do you think that admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees would pose a threat to the security of the United States, or not?"

 
    Would
pose a threat
Would not
pose a threat
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

9/17-21/15

58 36 6    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by Hart Research Associates (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R). July 26-30, 2015. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Would you say that immigration helps the United States more than it hurts it, or immigration hurts the United States more than it helps it?"

 
    Helps more
than hurts
Hurts more
than helps
A little of
both (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

7/26-30/15

47 43 3 7  
 

12/10-14/14

48 42 5 5  
 

6/11-15/14

47 42 5 6  
 

6/20-24/12

47 39 8 6  
 

5/20-23/10

43 45 n/a 12  
 

12/14-17/07

39 52 n/a 9  
 

6/8-11/07

46 44 n/a 10  
 

7/21-24/06

45 42 n/a 13  
 

6/9-12/06

44 45 n/a 11  
 

4/21-24/06

45 45 n/a 10  
 

12/05

37 53 n/a 10  
             

"When it comes to foreigners staying illegally in the United States, which one statement comes closest to what you think? We should allow these people a pathway to citizenship to eventually become citizens of the United States. We should grant these people legal status so they can live and work here, but not become citizens. We should do neither one of these and work to find and deport people who have come to this country illegally."

 
    A pathway
to citizenship
Legal status,
but not
citizenship
Find and
deport
Depends/
Mixed (vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

7/26-30/15

47 17 32 3 1

 

CNN/ORC Poll. July 22-25, 2015. N=1,017 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"What should be the main focus of the U.S. government in dealing with the issue of illegal immigration: developing a plan that would allow illegal immigrants who have jobs to become legal U.S. residents, or developing a plan for stopping the flow of illegal immigrants into the U.S. and for deporting those already here?" RV = registered voters

 
    Legal
residency
Stop flow,
deport
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/22-25/15

56 42 3    
 

Democrats

69 29 2    
 

Independents

58 39 3    
 

Republicans

34 63 2    
 
 

2/12-15/15

49 49 1    
 

12/18-21/14

50 46 4    
 

7/18-20/14

45 51 4    
 

1/31 - 2/2/14

54 41 5    
 

1/14-15/13

53 43 5    
 

9/28-30/12 RV

56 39 5    
 

11/18-20/11

42 55 3    
 

7/16-21/10

42 57 1    
 

5/21-23/10

38 60 2    
             

"Just your best guess: Do you think the number of immigrants coming to the United States illegally has increased or decreased in the last few years?"

 
    Increased Decreased Stayed
about the
same (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

7/22-25/15

69 25 5 1  

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. July 16-19, 2015. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Do you think undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States should or should not be allowed to live and work here legally if they pay a fine and meet other requirements?"

 
    Should
be allowed
Should not
be allowed
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

60 37 3    
 

Democrats

74 25 1    
 

Republicans

43 51 6    
 

Independents

58 39 3    
             

"Do you think undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States should or should not be allowed to live and work here legally if they pay a fine and meet other requirements?" If should be allowed: "Do you think undocumented immigrants who meet the requirements should be able to apply for U.S. citizenship, or be able to apply for permanent residency, but not U.S. citizenship?" Combined responses.

 
    Should
be allowed:
Citizenship
Should
be allowed:
Residency
Should
be allowed:
Unsure
Should not
be allowed
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

7/16-19/15

40 17 2 37 3
             

"Do you think undocumented immigrants from Mexico are mainly undesirable people like criminals, or mainly honest people trying to get ahead?" Options rotated

 
    Undesirable Honest Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/16-19/15

16 74 10    

 

Gallup Poll. June 15-July 10, 2015. N=2,296 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Which comes closest to your view about what government policy should be toward illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States? Should the government deport all illegal immigrants back to their home country, allow illegal immigrants to remain in the United States in order to work, but only for a limited amount of time, or allow illegal immigrants to remain in the United States and become U.S. citizens but only if they meet certain requirements over a period of time?" Options rotated

 
    Deport all Remain for
limited time
Citizenship if
meet certain
requirements
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/15 - 7/10/15

19 14 65 2  
 

6/9-12/11

21 13 64 2  
 

3/2-4/07

24 15 59 2  
 

6/8-25/06

16 17 66 1  
 

5/5-7/06

21 15 61 3  
 

4/7-9/06

18 17 63 2  

 

Public Religion Research Institute/Religion News Service. June 10-14, 2015. N=1,007 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.6.

             

"Thinking about some issues in the country today: All in all, do you strongly favor, favor, oppose or strongly oppose allowing illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to gain legal resident status if they join the military or go to college?"

 
    Strongly
favor
Favor Oppose Strongly
oppose
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

6/10-14/15

33 33 15 14 4
 

2/4-8/15

21 47 18 10 5
 

11/25-30/14

26 38 20 14 2
             

"And do you strongly favor, favor, oppose or strongly oppose allowing illegal immigrants who are the parents of children with legal status to stay in the U.S. for three years without being subject to deportation, if they pass a background check and have lived in the country for at least five years?"

 
    Strongly
favor
Favor Oppose Strongly
oppose
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

6/10-14/15

33 40 12 11 4
 

2/4-8/15

22 54 13 6 4
 

11/25-30/14

28 44 15 12 2
             

"Which statement comes closest to your view about how the immigration system should deal with immigrants who are currently living in the U.S. illegally? The immigration system should allow them a way to become citizens provided they meet certain requirements, or allow them to become permanent legal residents but not citizens, or identify and deport them?"

 
    Citizens Permanent
legal
residents
Deport
them
None of
these
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

6/10-14/15

64 15 16 1 4
 

2/4-8/15

59 19 18 1 3
 

11/25-30/14

58 19 20 1 2
 

7/23-27/14

58 17 22 1 2
 

11/6-10/13

63 14 18 1 4
 

8/21-25/13

63 12 19 1 4
 

1/28 - 2/24/13

63 14 21 1 1
             

"Would you say that, in general, the growing number of newcomers from other countries threatens traditional American customs and values, or strengthens American society?" Options rotated

 
    Threatens
customs,
values
Strengthens
society
Neither/Both
equally (vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

6/10-14/15

33 54 7 7  

 

Pew Research Center. May 12-18, 2015. N=2,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.5.

             

"Should LEGAL immigration into the United States be kept at its present level, increased or decreased?"

 
    Kept at
present level
Increased Decreased Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

5/12-18/15

39 24 31 6  
 

5/1-5/13

31 25 36 8  
 

3/06

37 17 40 6  
             

"When it comes to reducing illegal immigration at U.S. borders, do you think there is a lot more the government can do, somewhat more, not much more, or nothing more that can be done?"

 
    A lot more Somewhat
more
Not much
more
Nothing
more
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

5/12-18/15

51 29 12 4 4
 

5/1-5/13

53 30 8 5 4
             

"In your own view, do you feel that giving people who came to the U.S. illegally a way to gain legal status is like rewarding them for doing something wrong, or don't you think of it this way?"

 
    Is like
rewarding
Don't think
of it this way
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

5/12-18/15

36 58 6    
 

5/1-5/13

37 56 7    

 

Public Religion Research Institute. Feb. 4-8, 2015. N=1,015 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.6.

             

"As I read a pair of statements, please say whether the FIRST statement or the SECOND statement comes closer to your own views, even if neither is exactly right. Immigrants today strengthen our country because of their hard work and talents. Immigrants today are a burden on our country because they take our jobs, housing and health care."

 
    Strengthen
our country
A burden on
our country
Neither/
Both (vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

2/4-8/15

58 31 7 4  
 

7/23-27/14

49 42 5 2  
             

"All in all, do you strongly favor, favor, oppose or strongly oppose President Obama's policy allowing illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to gain legal resident status if they join the military or go to college?" N=510 (Form 2)

 
    Strongly
favor
Favor Oppose Strongly
oppose
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

2/4-8/15

19 43 20 13 5
             

"And do you strongly favor, favor, oppose or strongly oppose President Obama's policy allowing illegal immigrants who are the parents of children with legal status to stay in the U.S. for three years without being subject to deportation, if they pass a background check and have lived in the country for at least five years?" N=510 (Form 2)

 
    Strongly
favor
Favor Oppose Strongly
oppose
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

2/4-8/15

19 46 18 12 4
             

"As you may know, an executive action is something done by a president that can put some regulations into effect that do not require congressional approval. How much, if anything, have you heard about President Obama taking executive action on immigration: a lot, a little, or nothing at all?"

 
    A lot A little Nothing
at all
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

2/4-8/15

36 45 18 1  
 

11/25-30/14

46 42 12 -  
             

"Given that Congress has not yet acted to address the immigration issue, do you think President Obama should or should not have taken executive action on immigration?"

 
    Should Should not Have not
heard
enough (vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

2/4-8/15

52 42 1 5  
 

11/25-30/14

50 45 1 3  
             

"Which do you think should be a higher priority for Republicans in Congress? Should they focus on overturning Obama's immigration policies, or passing a bill that makes comprehensive reforms to U.S. immigration policy?"

 
    Overturning
Obama's
policies
Passing
a bill
Both
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

2/4-8/15

17 73 2 1 6

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Jan. 12-15, 2015. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Obama has taken executive action allowing as many as four million undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation. The Republicans in Congress say they may take away federal funding so this order cannot be carried out. Do you think Obama's action on immigration should go forward, or should it be blocked?"

 
    Should
go forward
Should
be blocked
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/12-15/15

41 56 4    

 

CBS News Poll. Jan. 9-12, 2015. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Barack Obama recently issued an executive order that would allow some illegal immigrants already in the U.S. to stay here temporarily and apply for a work permit if certain requirements are met. Do you favor or oppose this immigration policy?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

1/9-12/15

62 34 4    
             

"Regardless what you think of this immigration policy, do you think Barack Obama acted within his authority as president when he issued this executive order, or do you think his actions went beyond his authority as president?"

 
    Within his
authority
Beyond his
authority
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

1/9-12/15

48 46 6    
             

"Do you think Congress should try to stop this executive order on immigration from taking place or should they let it stand?"

 
    Should try
to stop it
Should let
it stand
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

1/9-12/15

40 55 5    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Dec. 11-14, 2014. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Obama has taken an executive action under which as many as four million of the country's undocumented immigrants will not face deportation over the next three years if they pass a background check and meet other requirements. Most will need to show that they have been in the United States for at least five years and have children who were born here. Do you support or oppose this immigration program?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/11-14/14

52 44 4    
             

"Regardless of what you think of the program, in taking this action do you think Obama acted within his authority as president, or do you think he went beyond his authority as president?" Options rotated

 
    Within his
authority
Beyond his
authority
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/11-14/14

47 49 4    
             

"Obama says he took the executive action creating this program because Congress would not act on a new immigration law. Do you think that is or is not a good enough reason for Obama to have taken action?"

 
    Is good
enough
Is not good
enough
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/11-14/14

46 51 3    
             

"Do you think Congress should try to block this immigration program, or let it go forward?"

 
    Try to
block it
Let it go
forward
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/11-14/14

47 49 3    

 

Public Religion Research Institute. Nov. 25-30, 2014. N=1,011 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.6.

             

"Do you think the current immigration system in the United States is generally working, working but with some major problems, broken but working in some areas, or completely broken?" If unsure/depends: "Just your general impression, do you think the current immigration system is generally working, working but with some major problems, broken but working in some areas, or completely broken?"

 
    Generally
working
Working
with major
problems
Working
in some
areas
Completely
broken
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

11/25-30/14

5 21 38 33 3
 

11/6-10/13

8 24 31 34 4
             

"Now as I read a pair of statements please tell me whether the FIRST statement or the SECOND statement comes closer to your own views, even if neither is exactly right. The growing number of newcomers from other countries threatens traditional American customs and values. The growing number of newcomers from other countries strengthens American society." Options rotated

 
    Threatens
customs,
values
Strengthens
society
Neither/Both
equally (vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

11/25-30/14

45 48 5 3  
             

"How likely is it that Congress will pass immigration reform legislation within the next two years? Would you say it is very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not at all likely?"

 
    Very
likely
Somewhat
likely
Not too
likely
Not at
all likely
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

11/25-30/14

10 34 28 26 2
             

"Overall, would you say that President Obama's executive action on immigration went too far, did not go far enough, or is it about right?"

 
    Too far Not far
enough
About
right
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

11/25-30/14

34 26 33 6  
             

"Do you think President Obama took executive action on immigration MOSTLY to help the Democratic Party with Latino voters or was it MOSTLY to address problems with the current immigration system?" Options rotated

 
    To help the
Democratic
Party
To address
immigration
problems
Both
equally
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

11/25-30/14

50 42 2 1 5

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Nov. 21-23, 2014. N=1,045 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"As you may know, Barack Obama gave a speech on immigration on Thursday night. In that speech, he announced changes in how the U.S. will deal with some immigrants who are in this country illegally, as well as changes in border security and deportation policies. Overall, do you favor or oppose the policies that Obama announced in that speech?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/21-23/14

42 46 13    
             

"In the speech, Obama announced that he will implement those policies by issuing executive orders, which means that they will take effect without any action by Congress. Do you favor or oppose Obama using executive orders to implement those policies?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/21-23/14

41 56 2    
             

"A major part of Obama's new policy changes will allow some immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally to stay here temporarily and apply for a work permit if they have children who are U.S. citizens. Other immigrants in the U.S. illegally will not be eligible for this program and can still be deported. Do you think that plan goes too far, does not go far enough, or is about right?"

 
    Too far Not far
enough
About
right
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

11/21-23/14

26 22 50 1  
             

"Overall, what is your personal reaction to Obama's approach to immigration policy that he described in his speech on Thursday night? Do you personally feel angry, displeased, pleased, enthusiastic, or doesn't that matter to you personally one way or the other?"

 
    Angry Displeased Pleased Enthusiastic Doesn't
matter
    % % % % %
 

11/21-23/14

16 27 23 8 24
             

"Do you think Obama does or does not have the legal authority to take the actions that he announced on Thursday night without approval by Congress?"

 
    Does Does not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/21-23/14

49 48 3    
             

"As you may know, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are considering filing a lawsuit against President Obama because of his immigration policies. Based on what you have read or heard, do you believe that the Republicans in the U.S. House should file a lawsuit against Obama, or don't you feel that way?"

 
    Should file
a lawsuit
Don't feel
that way
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/21-23/14

38 60 2    
             

"Do you think the Republicans in Congress should spend more time attempting to overturn Obama's immigration policies or more time attempting to pass a bill that makes comprehensive reforms to U.S. immigration policy?"

 
    Overturn
Obama's
policies
Pass
a bill
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

11/21-23/14

21 76 2 1  
             

"How much sympathy do you have for illegal immigrants and their families? Would you say you feel very sympathetic toward them, somewhat sympathetic, somewhat unsympathetic or very unsympathetic?"

 
    Very
sympathetic
Somewhat
sympathetic
Somewhat un-
sympathetic
Very un-
sympathetic
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

11/21-23/14

25 50 13 11 1
 

11/18-20/11

18 49 17 16 -

 

Quinnipiac University. Nov. 18-23, 2014. N=1,623 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.4.

             

"If Congress does not act to address the immigration issue, do you think Barack Obama should or should not take action using executive orders?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

11/18-23/14

45 48 8    
             

"Do you support or oppose Congress shutting down major activities of the federal government as a way to stop President Obama from using executive orders to address the immigration issue?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

11/18-23/14

25 68 8    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by Hart Research Associates (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R). Nov. 14-17, 2014. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"As you may know, executive orders are actions taken by a president that can put some regulations into effect that do not require Congressional approval. President Obama has said that by the end of the year, he intends to take executive action on immigration. His executive action would stay in place unless or until Congress passed immigration reform legislation to take its place. Do you approve or disapprove of the president taking executive action on immigration, or do you not know enough to have an opinion at this time?" If unsure: "And, I know you said you do not know enough to have an opinion, but if you had to choose do you lean more toward approving or disapproving of the president taking executive action on immigration?"

 
    Approve Lean
approve
Lean
disapprove
Disapprove Unsure
    % % % % %
 

11/14-17/14

32 6 6 42 14
             

"Now, as you may know, there is a proposal to create a pathway to citizenship that would allow foreigners staying illegally in the United States the opportunity to eventually become legal American citizens. Do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose this proposal?"

 
    Strongly
favor
Somewhat
favor
Somewhat
oppose
Strongly
oppose
Depends
(vol.)/Unsure
    % % % % %
 

11/14-17/14

23 34 15 25 3
             

"And, thinking some more about this: If a proposed pathway to citizenship allowed foreigners staying illegally in the United States the opportunity to eventually become legal American citizens if they pay a fine, any back taxes, pass a security background check, and take other required steps, would you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose this proposal?"

 
    Strongly
favor
Somewhat
favor
Somewhat
oppose
Strongly
oppose
Depends
(vol.)/Unsure
    % % % % %
 

11/14-17/14

32 42 9 15 2

 

USA Today Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Nov. 13-16, 2014. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.6.

             

"Should President Obama act this year to take executive action to deal with illegal immigration in the United States, or should he wait until January for the new Republican Congress to pass legislation on the issue?"

 
    Act this
year
Wait until
January
Unsure Refused  
    % % % %  
 

11/13-16/14

42 46 10 2  

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Sept. 12-15, 2014. N=1,009 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"If Congress does not act to address the immigration issue, do you think Barack Obama should or should not take action using executive orders?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

9/12-15/14

51 43 6    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Sept. 4-7, 2014. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Do you think undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States should or should not be given the right to live and work here legally?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/4-7/14

46 50 4    
 

1/20-23/14

49 49 3    
             

"If a candidate for U.S. Congress supports a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, would that make you more likely to vote for that candidate, less likely or wouldn't it make much difference in your vote?"

 
    More likely Less likely Not much
difference
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/4-7/14

27 36 34 3  
 

2/27 - 3/2/14

30 38 29 3  
             

"If Congress does not act to address the immigration issue, do you think Obama should or should not take action on his own through executive orders?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/4-7/14

52 44 5    

 

Pew Research Center. Aug. 20-24, 2014. N=1,501 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.9.

             

"As you many know, thousands of children from Central America who entered the U.S. illegally have been apprehended at the U.S. border. Please tell me whether you would favor or oppose allowing these children to do each of the following. First, [see below] while their immigration cases are pending? How about to [see below] while their immigration cases are pending?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 
 

"Attend public school in the U.S."

 

8/20-24/14

56 40 4    
 
 

"Join their families already living in the U.S."

 

8/20-24/14

69 28 3    
 
 

"Be housed in a government facility in the U.S."

 

8/20-24/14

51 45 4    

 

CBS News Poll. July 29-Aug. 4, 2014. N=1,344 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Generally, do you think immigrants coming to the United States make American society better in the long run, make American society worse in the long run, or don't you think immigrants coming to the U.S. have much of an effect on American society one way or the other?"

 
    Better Worse Not much
of an effect
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

7/29 - 8/4/14

38 28 21 6 7
             

"How serious a problem do you think the issue of ILLEGAL immigration is for the country right now: very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, or not at all serious?"

 
    Very
serious
Somewhat
serious
Not too
serious
Not at all
serious
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

7/29 - 8/4/14

62 22 10 4 1
 

8/20-24/10

61 27 8 3 1
 

5/20-24/10

56 28 10 4 2
 

4/28 - 5/2/10

65 24 9 1 1
             

"How important do you think it is for Congress and Barack Obama to pass legislation addressing illegal immigration by the end of this year? Is that very important, somewhat important, not very important, or not at all important?"

 
    Very
important
Somewhat
important
Not very
important
Not at all
important
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

7/29 - 8/4/14

59 25 7 6 3
             

"Which should be the higher priority now: securing the nation's border, or addressing the status of illegal immigrants currently in the U.S.?" Options rotated

 
    Securing
the border
Status of
illegal
immigrants
Both
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

7/29 - 8/4/14

59 31 5 - 4
 

5/16-19/14

55 37 4 1 3
 

10/18-21/13

50 43 5 1 2
 

7/18-22/13

56 37 5 1 1
             

"In general, do you favor or oppose providing a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children if they meet certain requirements, such as going to college or joining the military, and not having a criminal record?"

 
    Favor Oppose Depends
(vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

7/29 - 8/4/14

76 19 2 3  
             

"How much have you heard or read about the number of unaccompanied children from Central America who have been illegally coming across the border into the U.S.: a lot, some, or not much?"

 
    A lot Some Not much Nothing
at all
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

7/29 - 8/4/14

50 28 19 2 1
             

"What do you think should happen to the unaccompanied children from Central America who have been illegally crossing the border into the U.S.? They should be allowed to stay in the U.S. while awaiting an immigration hearing, even if it takes a long time, or they should be returned to their own country as soon as possible."

 
    Allowed
to stay
Returned to
own country
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

7/29 - 8/4/14

43 50 7    
             

"Under current U.S. policy, children from Central America who enter the U.S. illegally go through a legal process and hearing to determine whether or not they can stay in the U.S. Would you favor or oppose new legislation making it easier and faster to send children back to their home countries?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

7/29 - 8/4/14

65 28 7    
             

"Would you favor or oppose temporary housing in your community for unaccompanied children from Central America while they wait for an immigration hearing?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

7/29 - 8/4/14

57 40 3    
             

"How effective do you think stricter enforcement at the U.S. border would be in reducing the number of unaccompanied children entering the U.S. illegally: very effective, somewhat effective, not very effective, or not at all effective?"

 
    Very
effective
Somewhat
effective
Not very
effective
Not at all
effective
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

7/29 - 8/4/14

37 39 12 8 4
             

"How effective do you think the U.S. working with leaders of Central American countries to curb violence there would be in reducing the number of unaccompanied children entering the U.S. illegally: very effective, somewhat effective, not very effective, or not at all effective?"

 
    Very
effective
Somewhat
effective
Not very
effective
Not at all
effective
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

7/29 - 8/4/14

18 40 19 17 5

 

Public Religion Research Institute. July 23-27, 2014. N=1,026 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"How much, if anything, have you heard about the large number of children from Central America now coming to the U.S. without their parents: a lot, a little, or nothing at all?"

 
    A lot A little Nothing
at all
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

7/23-27/14

49 31 20 1  
             

"To the best of your knowledge, what do you think is the PRIMARY reason that more children from Central America are now coming to the U.S.? Would you say the primary reason they are coming is to seek better education and economic opportunities in general, OR to escape violence and serious threats to their own safety in their home countries?" Options rotated

 
    Seek better
opportunities
Escape
violence
Both
equally (vol.)
Another
reason (vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

7/23-27/14

34 45 14 3 4
             

"Which statement comes closest to your views about what the U.S. should do about the children who are currently arriving from Central America without their parents? We should offer shelter and support while beginning a process to determine whether they should be deported or allowed to stay in the U.S. We should deport them immediately back to their home countries." Options rotated

 
    Offer shelter
& support
Deport
immediately
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

7/23-27/14

70 26 2 2  
             

"Now I'm going to read you a few pairs of statements. For each pair, please tell me whether the FIRST statement or the SECOND statement comes closer to your own views, even if neither is exactly right. . . .

"The families of children arriving from Central America are taking advantage of American good will and are really seeking a back door to immigrate to our country. The families of children arriving from Central America are doing what they can to keep their children safe in very difficult circumstances." Options rotated

 
    Seeking a
back door
Trying to
keep their
children safe
Neither/
Both (vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

7/23-27/14

38 56 3 3  
             

"The children arriving from Central America should be treated as illegal immigrants and should be deported back to their home countries. The children arriving from Central America should be treated as refugees and should be allowed to stay in the U.S. if authorities determine it is NOT safe for them to return to their home country." Options rotated

 
    Should be
deported
Should be
treated as
refugees
Neither/
Both (vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

7/23-27/14

27 69 3 1  
             

"Would you say that the children now coming from Central America into the U.S. is a crisis, a serious problem but not a crisis, or a minor problem?"

 
    A crisis A serious
problem
A minor
problem
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

7/23-27/14

36 43 19 2  
             

"Now, please tell me if you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly DISagree or completely disagree with the following statements. . . .

"We should provide refuge and protection for all people who come to the U.S. when they are facing serious danger in their home country."

 
    Completely
agree
Mostly
agree
Mostly
disagree
Completely
disagree
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

7/23-27/14

26 45 17 10 2
             

"The U.S. should NOT allow children now coming from Central America to stay because it will encourage others to ignore our laws and increase illegal immigration."

 
    Completely
agree
Mostly
agree
Mostly
disagree
Completely
disagree
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

7/23-27/14

27 32 27 12 2
             

"While children from Central America are waiting for their cases to be heard, they should be released to the care of relatives, host families or churches rather than be detained by immigration authorities."

 
    Completely
agree
Mostly
agree
Mostly
disagree
Completely
disagree
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

7/23-27/14

31 40 15 13 2

 

CNN/ORC Poll. July 18-20, 2014. N=1,012 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"As you may know, in recent months, tens of thousands of children from Central American countries have been detained by the U.S. government at the Mexican border after illegally entering the United States without their parents or other guardians. Here are a few questions on that topic.

"Do you favor or oppose a bill that would respond to this situation by allocating several billion dollars to care for the children that are being detained, increase the number of officials who can determine whether they should be deported, and return them to their countries if they are not allowed to stay in the U.S.?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/18-20/14

54 44 3    
             

"As you may know, under current U.S. law, unaccompanied children from Central America who illegally come to the U.S. remain in the U.S. for months or years until their cases are heard by a U.S. immigration official. Do you favor or oppose a bill that would make it easier for the U.S. to deport all unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/18-20/14

62 36 2    
             

"Generally speaking, which of the following statements comes closer to your view about these children? Most of them are refugees who are fleeing violence and poverty in their countries. Most of them are illegal immigrants whose parents are trying to exploit a loophole in the U.S. immigration system."

 
    Fleeing
violence,
poverty
Trying to
exploit a
loophole
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

51 45 3    
 

Democrats

66 28 5    
 

Independents

51 46 3    
 

Republicans

32 67 2    
             

"As you may know, the U.S. government is relocating some of these children from the border facilities where they were taken into custody while they wait for their cases to be heard by an immigration official. Would you be willing or unwilling to have some of those children relocated to a security facility in the city or town where you live until their cases are resolved?"

 
    Willing Unwilling Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

57 41 2    
 

Democrats

75 24 1    
 

Independents

55 43 2    
 

Republicans

38 61 1    

 

Pew Research Center. July 8-14, 2014. N=1,805 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.7.

             

"Now thinking about how Barack Obama is handling some issues: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation involving the large number of children from Central America who have entered the country illegally?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

7/8-14/14

28 56 15    
             

"Please tell me if you think the REPUBLICAN Party or the DEMOCRATIC Party could do the better job in each of the following areas. ... Which party could do a better job of dealing with immigration?"

 
    Republican
Party
Democratic
Party
Both
equally (vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

7/8-14/14

42 40 4 7 6
             

"How important is it to you that the president and Congress pass significant new immigration legislation this year: extremely important, very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all?"

 
    Extremely
important
Very
important
Somewhat
important
Not too
important
Not important
at all
    % % % % %
 

7/8-14/14

28 32 22 7 7
 

2/14-23/14

21 29 26 9 12
 

6/12-16/13

21 29 29 10 9
             

"How much, if anything, have you heard about the large number of children from Central America crossing the border into the U.S. illegally: a lot, a little, or nothing at all?"

 
    A lot A little Nothing
at all
   
    % % %    
 

7/8-14/14

57 31 11    
             

"Under current U.S. policy, children from Central American countries like Honduras who enter the U.S. illegally go through a legal process that can take months before they are deported or receive asylum. With the increase in the number of children entering the country, should the U.S. follow current policy, even though the process could take a long time while the children remain here, OR SHOULD THE U.S. speed up the process, even if it means some children eligible for asylum are deported?" Options rotated

 
    Follow
current policy
Speed up
the process
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

7/8-14/14

39 53 8    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. July 9-13, 2014. N=1,016 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Overall, do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama handling the issue of undocumented immigrants coming into the United States over the border with Mexico?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/9-13/14

33 58 8    
             

"Overall, do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress handling the issue of undocumented immigrants coming into the United States over the border with Mexico?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/9-13/14

23 66 10    
             

"The federal government is considering emergency spending of $3.7 billion to deal with an influx of unescorted children from Central America entering the United States. Half the money will provide care for these children while their deportation cases are heard. The rest will be used to speed their deportation hearings and to increase border security. Overall, do you support or oppose this plan?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/9-13/14

53 43 4    

 

Gallup Poll. June 5-8, 2014. N=1,027 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"If you had to choose, what should be the main focus of the U.S. government in dealing with the issue of illegal immigration: developing a plan for halting the flow of illegal immigrants into the U.S., or developing a plan to deal with immigrants who are currently in the U.S. illegally?" Options rotated

 
    Halting flow
of illegal
immigrants
Dealing with
immigrants in
U.S. illegally
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/5-8/14

41 53 6    
 

2/6-9/14

46 51 2    
 

6/13 - 7/5/13

41 55 4    
 

6/7-10/12

41 55 5    

 

New York Times Poll. May 7-11, 2014. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Which comes closer to your opinion? America should always welcome all immigrants. OR, America should always welcome some immigrants, but not others. OR, America cannot afford to open its doors to any newcomers."

 
    Welcome
all
Welcome
some
No
newcomers
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

5/7-11/14

46 30 19 5  
 

4/28 - 5/2/10

33 34 27 6  
 

5/18-23/07

24 48 24 4  
             

"Thinking specifically about recent immigrants, that is, people who have come to the United States to live and work in the past ten years or so, which comes closer to your opinion? The U.S. is a country with a basic American culture and values that immigrants take on when they come here. OR, The U.S. is a country made up of many cultures and values that change as new people come here." Options rotated

 
    Basic
American
culture and
values
Many
cultures
and values
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

5/7-11/14

31 65 4    
             

"And what kind of country do you think the U.S. SHOULD be? A country with a basic American culture and values that immigrants take on when they come here. OR, A country made up of many cultures and values that change as new people come here." Options rotated

 
    Basic
American
culture and
values
Many
cultures
and values
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

5/7-11/14

54 42 4    
             

"Overall, would you say most recent immigrants to the United States contribute to this country, or do most of them cause problems?"

 
    Contribute Cause
problems
Both
(vol.)
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

5/7-11/14

66 21 5 2 7
 

4/28 - 5/2/10

49 31 7 2 12
 

5/18-23/07

57 28 6 1 8
 

12/7-10/01

51 31 4 1 13
             

"Do you think the immigrants coming to this country today take jobs away from American citizens, or do they mostly take jobs Americans don't want?"

 
    Take jobs
from citizens
Take jobs
Americans
don't want
Both
(vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

5/7-11/14

22 66 6 6  
             

"Do you think the government should focus more on protecting the border and stopping the flow of illegal immigrants in the United States or more on helping illegal immigrants who are already here become part of American society?" Options rotated

 
    Protect
the border
Help become
part of
society
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

5/7-11/14

50 46 5    
             

"Would you support or oppose local police taking an active role in identifying undocumented or illegal immigrants?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

5/7-11/14

55 39 6    
             
 

If support:
"What if that meant that immigrants would be less likely to report a crime or volunteer information to the police? In that case, would you support or oppose local police taking an active role in identifying undocumented or illegal immigrants?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

5/7-11/14

75 18 7    

 

Pew Research Center. Feb. 14-23, 2014. N=1,821 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.6.

             

"As you may know, the number of undocumented immigrants deported from the U.S. has increased in the last few years. Do you think this is a good thing or a bad thing?"

 
    A good
thing
A bad
thing
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

2/14-23/14

45 45 9    

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2014. N=1,010 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Here are some questions about how the U.S. government should treat illegal immigrants who have been in this country for a number of years, hold a job, speak English and are willing to pay any back taxes that they owe.

"Would you favor or oppose a bill that allowed those immigrants to stay in this country rather than being deported and eventually allow them to apply for U.S. citizenship?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

81 17 2    
 

Democrats

88 11 1    
 

Independents

81 17 2    
 

Republicans

72 26 2    
             

"Would you favor or oppose a bill that allowed those immigrants to stay in this country rather than being deported but would not ever allow them to apply for U.S. citizenship?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

35 62 3    
 

Democrats

30 67 3    
 

Independents

37 61 3    
 

Republicans

37 59 4    

 

Public Religion Research Institute. Nov. 6-10, 2013. N=1,005 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Which statement comes closest to your view about how the immigration system should deal with immigrants who are currently living in the U.S. illegally? The immigration system should allow them a way to become citizens provided they meet certain requirements, or allow them to become permanent legal residents but not citizens, or identify and deport them?"

 
    Citizens Permanent
legal
residents
Deport
them
None of
these
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

11/6-10/13

63 14 18 1 4
 

8/21-25/13

63 12 19 1 4
 

1/28 - 2/24/13

63 14 21 1 1
             

"Should U.S. immigration policy be an immediate priority for President Obama and Congress, be a priority but over the next couple of years, or should it not be a priority?"

 
    Immediate
priority
Priority
over next
couple years
Not a
priority
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

11/6-10/13

41 42 14 3  
             

"Now, thinking about specific requirements that are being discussed by Congress as part of immigration reform policy, please tell me how you feel about the following.

"First, if it takes 13 years for someone to receive citizenship under a path to citizenship program, does that sound too long, too short, or about the right amount of time?"

 
    Too
long
Too
short
About
right
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

11/6-10/13

68 5 24 3  
 

8/21-25/13

62 6 27 5  
             

"Next, if it costs each person a total of 4,000 dollars in fines and fees to receive citizenship under a path to citizenship program, does that sound like too much, too little, or about the right amount of fines and fees?"

 
    Too
much
Too
little
About
right
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

11/6-10/13

43 16 35 7  
 

8/21-25/13

37 15 39 9  
             

"Overall, do you support or oppose a plan to increase U.S. border security that includes adding 20,000 border agents and 700 miles of fence along the border with Mexico at a cost of 46 billion dollars? ... Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?"

 
    Support
strongly
Support
somewhat
Oppose
somewhat
Oppose
strongly
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

11/6-10/13

28 21 19 26 6
 

8/21-25/13

26 20 21 26 7

 

CBS News Poll. Oct. 18-21, 2013. N=1,007 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Would you favor or oppose providing a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants in the U.S. if they met certain requirements including a waiting period, paying fines and back taxes, passing criminal background checks, and learning English?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

10/18-21/13

77 20 3    
 

Republicans

69 28 3    
 

Democrats

87 11 2    
 

Independents

75 22 3    
 
 

7/18-22/13

78 20 2    

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. July 28-31, 2013. N=1,468 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.6.

             

"As you may know, the U.S. Senate recently voted to pass legislation reforming the immigration system. The bill would allow illegal immigrants already in the country to become citizens after 13 years if they pay a fine and learn English. The bill would also double the number of border patrol agents, and double the amount of fencing along the Mexican border. In general, do you support or oppose this bill?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

ALL

64 31 6    
 

Republicans

60 33 7    
 

Democrats

73 22 5    
 

Independents

61 35 4    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by Hart Research Associates (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R). July 17-21, 2013. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Now, thinking about immigration, if Congress is unable to come to agreement on an immigration bill before the end of its current term who do you think will be most to blame: the Republicans in Congress, the Democrats in Congress, or President Obama?" Options rotated

 
    Republicans
in Congress
Democrats
in Congress
President
Obama
All equally to
blame (vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

7/17-21/13

44 14 21 11 10
             

"When you hear Republicans say that immigration reform must wait until the border is secure, do you think that is a legitimate concern that needs to be addressed first before immigration reform can take place, or they are using that as an excuse to block action on immigration reform?"