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CBS News/New York Times Poll. April 5-12, 2010. N=1,580 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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

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Present level Increased Decreased Unsure
% % % %

4/5-12/10

35 16 41 8

7/7-14/08

38 23 32 7

5/18-23/07

39 20 35 6

3/07

30 18 48 4

5/4-8/06

39 22 34 5
4/6-9/06 33 16 45 6
10/3-5/05 30 11 51 8
7/29 - 8/2/05 32 13 51 4
1/04 34 16 45 5
12/01 29 9 59 3
9/01 29 11 57 3

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"What about ILLEGAL immigration? 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?"

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

4/5-12/10

60 23 12 3 2

7/7-14/08

60 29 8 2 1

5/18-23/07

61 30 6 1 2

1/07

56 29 12 2 1

5/4-8/06

59 30 9 2 0
4/6-9/06 62 25 9 3 1

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Oct. 16-18, 2009. N=1,038 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Suppose you were in your neighborhood and you saw a Latino man or woman who you did not know. Would you be most likely to assume that they were born in this country, that they immigrated to this country legally, or that they were an illegal immigrant?"

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Born In This
Country
Immigrated
Legally
Illegal
Immigrant
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %

10/16-18/09

38 30 19 7 6

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"As you know, the U.S. government will conduct its census next April, as it does every ten years. Do you think the U.S. Census should or should not ask everyone living in this country whether they are legal residents of the United States?"

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Should Should Not
% %

10/16-18/09

88 12

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. April 22-26, 2009. N=973 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Which comes closest to your view about illegal immigrants who are currently working in the U.S.? (1) They should be allowed to stay in their jobs, and to eventually apply for US citizenship. OR, (2) They should be allowed to stay in their jobs only as temporary guest workers, but not to apply for U.S. citizenship. OR, (3) They should be required to leave their jobs and leave the U.S."

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Stay, Apply for
Citizenship
Stay as Guest
Workers
Leave Unsure
% % % %

4/22-26/09

44 21 30 5

12/5-9/07

38 28 28 6

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. April 21-24, 2009. N=1,072 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you think the United States is or is not doing enough to keep illegal immigrants from coming into this country?"

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Doing
Enough
Not Doing
Enough
Unsure
% % %

4/21-24/09

23 74 3

9/27-30/07

22 67 11

4/12-15/07

17 81 2

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"Would you support or oppose a program giving illegal immigrants now living in the United States the right to live here legally if they pay a fine and meet other requirements?"

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Support Oppose Unsure
% % %

4/21-24/09

61 35 3

12/16-19/07

49 46 5

9/27-30/07

58 35 7

 

Gallup Poll. June 5-July 6, 2008. N=1,935 adults nationwide, including oversamples of blacks and Hispanics weighted to reflect their proportions in the general population. MoE 4.

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"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?"

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Present level Increased Decreased Unsure
% % % %
6/5 - 7/6/08 39 18 39 3
6/4-24/07 35 16 45 4
6/8-25/06 42 17 39 2
4/7-9/06 35 15 47 4
12/9-11/05 31 15 51 3
6/6-25/05 34 16 46 4
6/04 33 14 49 4
6/03 37 13 47 3
6/02 36 12 49 3
10/01 30 8 58 4
6/01 42 14 41 3
3/01 41 10 43 6
9/00 41 13 38 8

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

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Good thing Bad thing Mixed (vol.) Unsure
% % % %
6/5 - 7/6/08 64 30 4 2
6/4-24/07 60 33 3 4
6/8-25/06 67 28 4 1
6/6-25/05 61 34 3 2
6/03 58 36 4 2
6/02 52 42 4 2
6/01 62 31 5 2

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"Now, thinking specifically about illegal immigrants, which comes closer to your point of view? Illegal immigrants in the long-run become productive citizens and pay their fair share of taxes. OR, Illegal immigrants cost the taxpayers too much by using government services like public education and medical services." Options rotated

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Pay fair
share
Cost too
much
Neither/ Both (vol.)/Unsure
% % %
6/5 - 7/6/08 31 63 6
6/8-25/06 29 66 4

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"Which comes closer to your view? Illegal immigrants mostly take jobs that American workers want. OR, Illegal immigrants mostly take low-paying jobs Americans don't want." Options rotated

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Jobs
Americans
want
Jobs
Americans
don't want
Neither/ Both (vol.)/Unsure
% % %
6/5 - 7/6/08 15 79 7
6/8-25/06 17 74 10

 

Associated Press-Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs. March 3-5, 2008. N=1,013 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

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"Do you favor or oppose building a fence along 670 miles of the border between the United States and Mexico?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %

3/3-5/08

49 48 3

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"If a fence were built along the border between the United States and Mexico, how confident are you that such a fence would reduce the number of illegal immigrants . . . ?"

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Very
Confident
Somewhat
Confident
Not Too
Confident
Not at All
Confident
Unsure
% % % % %

3/3-5/08

10 34 26 29 1

3/28-30/06

6 26 29 38 1

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Dec. 14-17, 2007. N=1,008 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

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"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?"

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Helps more
than hurts
Hurts more
than helps
Unsure    
% % %    

12/14-17/07

39 52 9    

6/8-11/07

46 44 10    

7/21-24/06

45 42 13    

6/9-12/06

44 45 11    

4/21-24/06

45 45 10    

12/05

37 53 10    

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"Which of these statements comes closer to your point of view? Statement A: Immigration is an economic benefit to the United States because immigrant workers fulfill jobs in America that citizens either do not want or cannot do. Statement B: Immigration is an economic threat to the United States because immigrant workers take jobs that would otherwise be fulfilled by American citizens."

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Economic
benefit
Economic
threat
Depends/
Both (vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  

12/14-17/07

40 43 13 4  

3/31 - 4/3/05

46 45 7 2  

 

Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll. Nov. 30-Dec. 3, 2007. N=1,245 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Which party do you think can do a better job of handling immigration issues?"

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Democrats Republicans

Both Equally
(vol.)

Neither (vol.)

Unsure
% % % % %

11/30 - 12/3/07

30 31 8 18 13

9/16-19/06

38 31 5 14 12

6/24-27/06 Adults

34 23 8 17 18

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"Would you say that legal immigrants who live in your community have had a mainly positive or a mainly negative impact on community life, or haven't they affected it one way or the other?"

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Positive Negative No Impact None in
Community
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %

11/30 - 12/3/07

46 12 31 3 8

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"Would you say that illegal immigrants who live in your community have had a mainly positive or a mainly negative impact on community life, or haven't they affected it one way or the other?"

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Positive Negative No Impact None in
Community
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %

11/30 - 12/3/07

21 36 29 5 9

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"Compared to other problems facing the country, how big a problem is illegal immigration? Would you say it is one of the most important problems facing the country, or is it an important problem but not one of the most important, or is it not all that important, or is it not important at all?"

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One of Most
Important
Important Not All That
Important
Not Important
At All
Unsure
% % % % %

11/30 - 12/3/07

27 54 11 6 2

6/7-10/07 Adults

31 55 10 3 1

6/24-27/06 Adults

32 55 8 5 -

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"One proposal that has been discussed in Congress would allow illegal immigrants who have been living and working in the United States for a number of years, and who do not have a criminal record, to start on a path to citizenship by registering that they are in the country, paying a fine, getting fingerprinted, and learning English, among other requirements. Do you support or oppose this, or haven't you heard enough about it to say?"

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Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

11/30 - 12/3/07

60 15 25    

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"Considering all you know about illegal immigration, generally speaking, what do you think, if anything, is the most effective measure in dealing with the issue of illegal immigration? Should the focus be on more border security, or more arrests and deportations, or sanctions against employers who hire illegal immigrants, or a guest worker program for some businesses such as agriculture, or a pathway to citizenship with certain requirements?" Two responses accepted

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  %      

More border security

31      

Sanctions against employers

27      

Pathway to citizenship

27      

Guest worker program

18      

More arrests and deportations

16      

Other (vol.)

2      

Nothing is effective

2      

Unsure

8      

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Oct. 12-14, 2007. N=1,212 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you think state governments should or should not issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants?"

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Should Should Not Unsure

%

%

%

10/12-14/07

23

76

1

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"When state or local police forces encounter illegal immigrants who have not broken any state or local laws, do you think the police should or should not arrest those people and turn them over to the federal government?"

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Should Should Not Unsure

%

%

%

10/12-14/07

55

43

1

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"Do you think people who cannot read or write English should be permitted to vote, or not?"

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Permitted Not Permitted Unsure

%

%

%

10/12-14/07

45

55

1


 

ABC News Poll. Sept. 27-30, 2007. N=1,035 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Overall, do you think ILLEGAL immigrants do more to help the country or do more to hurt the country?" Options rotated. Half sample.

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Help Hurt Neither Helps
Nor Hurts (vol.)
Unsure
% % % %

9/27-30/07

34 54 6 7

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"Overall, do you think LEGAL immigrants do more to help the country or do more to hurt the country?" Options rotated. Half sample.

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Help Hurt Neither Helps
Nor Hurts (vol.)
Unsure
% % % %

9/27-30/07

59 26 5 9

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"How often do you personally come in contact with people in this country who mostly speak Spanish rather than English: often, sometimes, rarely or never?"

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Often Sometimes Rarely Never
% % % %

9/27-30/07

55 23 17 5

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Asked of those who answered "often" or "sometimes":
"When that happens, does it bother you, or not bother you?"

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Bothers Does Not
Bother
Unsure
% % %

9/27-30/07

33 66 1

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"If you honestly assessed yourself, would you say that you have at least some feelings of prejudice against Hispanics?"

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Yes No Unsure
% % %

9/27-30/07

10 89 1

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. July 6-8, 2007. N=1,014 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Now, turning to the issue of illegal immigration -- How important is the issue of illegal immigration to you: extremely important, very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all?"

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Extremely
Important
Very
Important
Somewhat
Important
Not Too
Important
Not at All
Important
% % % % %

7/6-8/07

35 27 26 7 4

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"In your view, what should be the higher priority 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 illegal immigrants who are already in the U.S., or should both be given the same priority?" Options rotated. N=505 adults, MoE 5 (Form A).

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Halting Flow Dealing with
Those in U.S.
Same
Priority
Unsure
% % % %

7/6-8/07

20 25 53 2

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"In terms of laws dealing with illegal immigration in the United States, which of the following would you prefer to see happen: enforce the current laws more strictly and NOT pass new laws, or pass new laws in addition to enforcing the current laws more strictly?" Options rotated. N=509 adults, MoE 5 (Form B).

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Not Pass
New Laws
Pass
New Laws
Unsure
% % %

7/6-8/07

46 50 4

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"Has George W. Bush's recent handling of the immigration issue caused you to gain confidence in Bush, has it not affected your opinion either way, or has it caused you to lose confidence in Bush?" Options rotated. N=394 Republicans and Republican leaners, MoE 5.

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Gain
Confidence
Not Affected
Opinion
Lose
Confidence
% % %

7/6-8/07

10 51 39

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. June 22-24, 2007. N=1,029 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"As you may know, the U.S. Senate has been considering a bill to change the way the government handles the issue of illegal immigration. Based on what you have read or heard about all the proposals in the Senate immigration bill, do you favor or oppose that bill?" If oppose: "Do you oppose the Senate immigration bill MOSTLY because you think it goes too far toward helping illegal immigrants, or MOSTLY because it does not go far enough toward helping illegal immigrants?"

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Favor OPPOSE:
Goes too far
OPPOSE:
Doesn't go
far enough
OPPOSE:
Other reason/
Unsure why
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

6/22-24/07

30

28

15

4

22


 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Neil Newhouse (R). June 8-11, 2007. N=1,008 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

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"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?"

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Helps More
Than Hurts
Hurts More
Than Helps
Unsure    
% % %    

6/8-11/07

46 44 10    

7/21-24/06

45 42 13    

6/9-12/06

44 45 11    

4/21-24/06

45 45 10    

12/05

37 53 10    

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"Would you say that, in general, immigration is a good thing, a bad thing, or neither a good nor bad thing?"

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Good Bad Neither Unsure  
% % % %  

6/8-11/07

45 19 33 3  

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"How much of an impact has illegal immigration made on your own community where you live: a great deal of impact, quite a bit of impact, just a little impact, or no impact at all?"

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A Great Deal Quite a Bit Just a Little None at All Unsure
% % % % %

6/8-11/07

25 22 31 20 2

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"Now I would like to get your reaction to several parts of a possible new immigration bill. Please tell me whether you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose each of the following parts of this bill. . . ."

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Strongly
Favor
Somewhat
Favor
Somewhat
Oppose
Strongly
Oppose
Unsure
% % % % %

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"All immigrants who apply to be U.S. citizens would be required to learn English."

   6/8-11/07

73 16 6 4 1

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"Imposing new fines on businesses that hire illegal immigrants."

   6/8-11/07

57 17 11 12 3

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"Increasing border security by building a fence along part of the U.S. border with Mexico and by hiring and training more border patrol agents."

   6/8-11/07

44 21 12 19 4

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"Immigrants who want to come to the U.S. to work and who are not already here could apply for a two-year work visa that they could renew up to two times."

   6/8-11/07

38 41 6 12 3

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"Allowing illegal workers who arrived in the U.S. to apply for permanent U.S. residency if they return to their home country within eight years and pay additional fines."

   6/8-11/07

13 22 20 35 10

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"Allowing illegal workers who arrived in the U.S. before January 1st of this year to receive an automatic work visa if they pay a fine of around five thousand dollars."

   6/8-11/07

10 20 18 46 6

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"Would you be pleased or would you be upset if Congress does not pass an immigration bill, or do you not care either way?"

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Pleased Upset Don't Care Unsure  
% % % %  

6/8-11/07

22 51 22 5  

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"Regardless of how you feel about it personally, do you think that deporting all illegal immigrants who are currently in the United States back to their native countries is a realistic and achievable goal, or not?"

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Is Is Not Unsure    
% % %    

6/8-11/07

13 85 2    

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"Regardless of how you feel about it personally, do you think that having illegal immigrants who are currently in the United States voluntarily return to their native countries before applying to become legal citizens is a realistic and achievable goal, or not?"

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Is Is Not Unsure    
% % %    

6/8-11/07

20 76 4    

 

Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll. June 7-10, 2007. N=1,183 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"When you decide which candidate to support for your party's presidential nomination, is his or her stand on illegal immigration the most important issue, an important issue but not the most important one, not too important, or not important at all?" N=1,056 registered voters, MoE 3

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Most
Important
Important Not Too
Important
Not Important
At All
Unsure
% % % % %

6/7-10/07

15 66 16 2 1

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"Do you think illegal immigrants mostly take jobs that nobody wants or do they mostly take jobs away from Americans who need them?"

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Jobs Nobody
Wants
Take Jobs
Away
Both (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  

6/7-10/07

56 27 11 6  

6/24-27/06

51 27 17 5  

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"One proposal would allow undocumented immigrants who have been living and working in the United States for a number of years, and who do not have a criminal record, to start on a path to citizenship by registering that they are in the country, paying a fine, getting fingerprinted, and learning English, among other requirements. Do you support or oppose this, or haven't you heard enough about it to say?"

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Support Oppose Haven't Heard Unsure  
% % % %  

6/7-10/07

63 23 12 2  

6/24-27/06

67 18 12 3  

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"One proposal is to create a 'guest worker' program that would give a temporary visa to non-citizens who want to work legally in the United States. Do you support or oppose this, or haven't you heard enough about it to say?"

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Support Oppose Haven't Heard Unsure  
% % % %  

6/7-10/07

49 26 22 3  

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"One proposal is to establish a point system for new immigrants that gives more weight to professional qualifications and command of English than to those having family already in the United States. Do you support or oppose this, or haven't you heard enough about it to say?"

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Support Oppose Haven't Heard Unsure  
% % % %  

6/7-10/07

34 23 38 5  

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. May 18-23, 2007. N=1,125 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling the issue of immigration?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %
ALL adults 27 60 13
  Republicans 41 47 12
  Democrats 20 66 14
  Independents 23 64 13

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Trend:

6/10-11/06 33 56 11

5/16-17/06

38 53 9

5/4-8/06

26 58 16

4/28-30/06

28 56 16

4/6-9/06

26 53 21
10/3-5/05 21 53 26

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"Which of the following three statements comes closest to expressing your overall view of immigration policy in the United States? On the whole, our immigration policy works pretty well and only minor changes are necessary to make it work better. There are some good things in our immigration policy, but fundamental changes are needed. Our immigration policy has so much wrong with it that we need to completely rebuild it."

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Only minor
changes
Fundamental
changes
Completely
rebuild
Unsure
% % % %

5/18-23/07

8 41 49 2

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

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Contribute Cause
problems
Both (vol.) Depends on origin (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

5/18-23/07

57 28 6 1 8

12/7-10/01

51 31 4 1 13

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"In the long run, do you think the people who are emigrating to the United States today will make American society better, will make American society worse, or do you think today's immigrants won't affect American society one way or the other?"

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Better Worse Won't affect
society
Unsure
% % % %

5/18-23/07

28 35 29 8

10/96

22 40 27 11

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"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?"

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Take jobs
away
Take
unwanted
jobs
Both (vol.) Unsure
% % % %

5/18-23/07

30 59 9 2

5/4-8/06

36 53 9 2
4/6-9/06 34 53 11 2

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"Do you think illegal immigrants do more to strengthen the U.S. economy because they provide low-cost labor and they spend money, or do illegal immigrants do more to weaken the U.S. economy because they don't all pay taxes but use public services?"

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Strengthen Weaken Unsure
% % %

5/18-23/07

23 70 7

5/4-8/06

22 70 8

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"If you had to choose, what do you think should happen to most illegal immigrants who have lived and worked in the United States 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."

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Chance to
keep jobs
Deported Unsure
% % %

5/18-23/07

62 33 5

3/07

60 36 4

5/4-8/06

61 35 4

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"Would you favor or oppose allowing illegal immigrants who came into the country before January to apply for a four-year visa that could be renewed, as long as they pay a $5,000 fine, a fee, show a clean work record and pass a criminal background check?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %

5/18-23/07

67 28 5

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"Would you favor or oppose a program allowing people from other countries to be guest workers in the U.S. for a temporary period of time, and then be required to return to their home country?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %

5/18-23/07

66 30 4

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"Should ILLEGAL immigrants be prosecuted and deported for being in the U.S. illegally, or shouldn't they?"

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Should Should not Unsure
% % %

5/18-23/07

69 24 7

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. May 4-6, 2007. N=1,028 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Would you favor or oppose each of the following proposals? . . ."

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"Creating a temporary worker program that would allow foreign citizens to enter the U.S. for several months to work but would not allow them to apply for U.S. citizenship"

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Favor Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

  5/4-6/07

48 50 2    

  5/16-17/06

48 46 7    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Neil Newhouse (R). April 20-23, 2007. N=approx. 500 adults nationwide. MoE 4.4.

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"As you may know, President Bush has proposed to allow foreigners who have jobs but are staying illegally in the United States to apply for legal, temporary-worker status. Do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose this proposal?"

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Strongly
favor
Somewhat
favor
Somewhat
oppose
Strongly
oppose
Depends
(vol.)/Unsure
% % % % %
4/20-23/07 14 30 18 33 5
12/8-11/06 19 27 18 32 4
3/10-13/06 10 27 20 39 4
12/9-12/05 16 30 18 31 5
5/12-16/05 13 25 19 39 4
3/31 - 4/3/05 14 29 20 33 4

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. April 13-15, 2007. N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Next, we have a question about people who apply to immigrate to the United States from other countries. In deciding whether people from other countries should be allowed to legally stay in the United States, should the government give higher priority to people who are highly educated and highly skilled workers, or people who have family members already living in the United States?" Options rotated

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Educated/
Skilled
Family
in U.S.
Unsure    
% % %    

4/13-15/07

38 49 14    

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"Now thinking about immigrants who come to the United States illegally -- Which comes closest to your view about what the government policy should be toward illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States? Should the government require illegal immigrants to leave the U.S. and not allow them to return. Require illegal immigrants to leave the U.S., but allow them to return temporarily to work. Require illegal immigrants to leave the U.S., but allow them to return and become U.S. citizens if they meet certain requirements over a period of time. OR, Allow illegal immigrants to remain in the United States and become U.S. citizens if they meet certain requirements over a period of time." Options rotated

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Leave,
Not Return
Leave,
Temporarily
Return
Leave,
Return and
Become
Citizens
Remain and
Become
Citizens
Unsure
% % % % %

4/13-15/07

14 6 42 36 2

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"Do you think the U.S. has made progress or lost ground in dealing with illegal immigration in the past year, or has there been no change?"

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Made
Progress
Lost Ground No Change Unsure  
% % % %  

4/13-15/07

12 43 42 3  

 

Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll. April 5-9, 2007. N=1,373 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Generally speaking, do you think that illegal immigrants help or harm the nation's economy, or do you think they neither help nor harm the nation's economy?"

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Help Harm Neither Unsure

%

%

%

%

4/5-9/07

24

54

17

5

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"When it comes to dealing with illegal immigration, do you favor an approach that focuses only on tougher enforcement of immigration laws, or an approach that includes both tougher enforcement of immigration laws and also creates a guest worker program that allows undocumented workers to work legally in the U.S. on temporary visas?" Options rotated

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Only Tougher
Enforcement
Guest Worker
Program, Too
Unsure

%

%

%

4/5-9/07

40

55

5

.

"Generally speaking, do you believe employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants should or should not be punished for their actions?"

.

Should Should Not Unsure

%

%

%

4/5-9/07

77

18

5


 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. March 2-4, 2007. N=1,010 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"As you may know, the government is considering issuing new tamper-proof Social Security cards as a way for people to prove they are eligible to work in the United States. Would you favor or oppose requiring people to show this card in order to get a job in the U.S.?"

.

Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %
3/2-4/07 86 10 3

.

"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
Remain if
Meet Certain
Requirements
Unsure
% % % %
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

 

CBS News Poll. Jan. 1-3, 2007. N=993 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"With Democrats in control of Congress, do you think the Congress will pass immigration reform, or not?"

.

Will Will Not Unsure

%

%

%

1/1-3/07

42

42

16


 

Quinnipiac University Poll. Nov. 13-19, 2006. N=1,623 registered voters nationwide. MoE 2.4.

.

"As you may know Congress has passed and President Bush has signed legislation that would build a 700 mile fence and increase security along the Mexican-U.S. border. Do you think additional measures are needed from Congress to deal with illegal immigrants entering the country or do you think this is enough for now?"

.

More
Needed
Enough
for Now
Unsure
% % %

11/13-19/06

71 24 5

.

"Some communities have passed local laws to fine businesses that hire illegal immigrants. In general do you support or oppose fining businesses that employ illegal immigrants?"

.

Support Oppose Unsure
% % %

11/13-19/06

63 33 4

.

"Would you support or oppose laws to fine businesses in your community for hiring illegal immigrants?"

.

Support Oppose Unsure
% % %

11/13-19/06

65 32 3

.

"Do you support or oppose creation of a guest worker program that would allow illegal immigrants to register for temporary legal status and employment?"

.

Support Oppose Unsure
% % %

ALL adults

65 32 3

Republicans

63 34 3

Democrats

67 30 4

Independents

66 31 4

.

"Currently illegal immigrants cannot apply for citizenship. If the law were changed to allow illegal immigrants to register into a guest worker program, should that program offer them the ability to work toward citizenship over a period of several years?"

.

Yes No Unsure
% % %

11/13-19/06

69 27 4

.

"Do you think President Bush and the Democrats in Congress will or will not be able to work together on the issue of immigration?"

.

Will Will Not Unsure
% % %

11/13-19/06

48 44 9

 

CNN Poll conducted by Opinion Research Corporation. Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2006. N=1,014 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling immigration?"

.

Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %    

9/29 - 10/2/06

30 66 4    

6/14-15/06

33 50 18    

5/16-17/06

36 50 13    

 

Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll. Sept. 16-19, 2006. N=1,517 adults nationwide MoE 3.

.

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling immigration issues?"

.

Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %    

9/16-19/06

33 57 10    

6/24-27/06

37 49 14    

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Aug. 10-11, 2006. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Please tell me which political party -- the Republicans or the Democrats -- you trust to do a better job handling each of the following. What about immigration? Which party do you trust to do a better job handling this issue?" Parties rotated

.

Republicans Democrats Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

8/10-11/06

37 39 2 9 13

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. July 11-12, 2006. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Which political party -- the Democrats or the Republicans -- do you think would do a better job on each of the following issues? Immigration." Options rotated

.

Democrats Republicans Equal (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  
7/11-12/06 37 32 15 17  

.

"If Congress fails to pass an immigration bill before the upcoming midterm election, who do you think will be most to blame: President Bush, Republicans in Congress or Democrats in Congress?" Options rotated

.

President
Bush
Republicans
in Congress
Democrats
in Congress
All (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %
7/11-12/06 21 22 21 24 13

.

"In general, do you think immigrants who come to the United States today join society and give to the country or stay separate from society and take from the country?"

.

Join society/
Give
Stay separate/
Take
Depends (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  
7/11-12/06 41 36 17 6  

 

Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll. June 24-27, 2006. N=1,321 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling immigration issues?"

.

Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %    

6/24-27/06

37 49 14    

.

"Which party do you think can do a better job of handling immigration issues?"

.

Democrats Republicans

Both Equally
(vol.)

Neither (vol.)

Unsure

% % % % %

6/24-27/06

34 23 8 17 18

.

"One proposal is to create a 'guest worker' program that would give a temporary visa to noncitizens who want to work legally in the United States. The program would provide a path to permanent resident status if certain requirements were met. Do you support or oppose this, or haven't you heard enough about it to say?"

.

Support Oppose Haven't Heard Unsure  
% % % %  

6/24-27/06

46 22 28 4  

.

"Another proposal is to toughen immigration laws by making it a felony to be in the United States illegally. It also establishes mandatory prison sentences for reentering the United States illegally after having already been deported. Do you support or oppose this, or haven't you heard enough about it to say?"

.

Support Oppose Haven't Heard Unsure  
% % % %  

6/24-27/06

44 32 21 3  

.

"Now that you have heard some of the immigration legislation proposed by some members of Congress, which would you prefer: an approach that only focuses on tougher enforcement of immigration laws, or an approach that includes both tougher enforcement of immigration laws and also creates a guest worker program that allows undocumented workers to work legally in the U.S. on temporary visas?" Options rotated

.

Only Tougher
Enforcement
Tougher
Enforcement/
Guest Worker
Program
Unsure    
% % %    

6/24-27/06

32 58 10    

.

"If Congress does not pass an immigration bill this year, would you be pleased, or disappointed, or not care one way or the other?"

.

Pleased Disappointed Not Care Unsure  
% % % %  

6/24-27/06

6 60 27 7  

.

"If a candidate in your congressional district supported a guest worker program for illegal immigrants with a path to legal citizenship, would you be more likely to vote for that candidate, or less likely, or wouldn't it make a difference in how you would vote one way or another?"

.

More Likely Less Likely No Difference Unsure  
% % % %  

6/24-27/06

28 23 44 5  

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). June 9-12, 2006. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

.

"I'm going to read you some positions that someone running for Congress could take. For each one, please tell me whether you would be more likely to vote for a candidate for Congress who takes this position, less likely to vote for this candidate, or would it not make a difference to you either way? . . ." Registered voters

.

More Likely Less Likely No Difference Unsure  
% % % %  

"Favors increasing border security by building a fence along the border with Mexico"

    6/9-12/06 50 26 22 2  

.

"Favors a guest worker program for illegal immigrants who have been in the United States at least two years"

    6/9-12/06 40 34 21 5  

.

"When it comes to dealing with immigration, which party do you think would do a better job: the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, or both about the same? If you think that neither would do a good job, please just say so."

.

Democratic Republican Same Neither Unsure
% % % % %

6/9-12/06

27 24 22 20 7

11/05

25 19 21 26 9

.

"When it comes to the immigration bill, the Senate and the House of Representatives disagree with one another about what should be done on the issue of illegal immigration.
    
"Many in the House of Representatives favor strengthening security at the borders, including building a seven-hundred-mile fence along the border with Mexico to help keep illegal immigrants from entering the United States, and they favor deporting immigrants who are already in the United States illegally.

    
"Many in the Senate favor strengthening security at the borders, including building a three-hundred-and-seventy-mile fence along the border with Mexico to help keep illegal immigrants from entering the United States, and they favor a guest worker program to allow illegal immigrants who have jobs and who have been here for more than two years to remain in the United States.
    
"Which of these approaches would you prefer?"

.

House
Approach
Senate
Approach
Neither (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  

6/9-12/06

33 50 14 3  

 

Associated Press/Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. May 15-17, 2006. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

.

"Overall, would you say immigrants are having a good or bad influence on the way things are going in the United States?"

.

Good
Influence
Bad
Influence
Unsure    
% % %    

5/15-17/06

52 46 2    

.

"Thinking about the community where you live, do you think recent immigrants have done more to improve your community, create problems for your community, or haven't they had much effect either way?"

.

Improve Create
Problems
Not Much
Effect
None in
Community (vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %

5/15-17/06

22 18 58 1 1

.

"Generally, do you think immigrants are more likely to be involved in criminal activity than people born here, less likely, or isn't there much difference?"

.

More Likely Less Likely Not Much
Difference
Unsure  
% % % %  

5/15-17/06

19 12 68 1  

.

"Generally, do you think immigrants work harder than people born here, not as hard, or isn't there much difference?"

.

Harder Not as Hard Not Much
Difference
Unsure  
% % % %  

5/15-17/06

51 5 43 1  

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. May 16-18, 2006. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"How serious a problem do you believe the illegal immigration situation is in the United States today? Do you see it as a very serious problem, somewhat serious, not very serious or not at all a serious problem?"

.

Very
serious
Somewhat
serious
Not very
serious
Not at all
serious
Unsure
% % % % %
5/16-18/06 57 29 10 3 1
4/4-5/06 60 30 6 3 1

.

"There have been several proposals regarding how to deal with the issue of illegal immigration. Please tell me if you favor or oppose each of the following. . . ."

.

Favor Oppose Depends (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  

"Increasing the number of federal agents patrolling the border to stop illegal immigration"

   5/16-18/06 79 17 2 2  
   4/4-5/06 80 15 2 3  

.

"Allowing illegal immigrants who have jobs in the United States to apply for legal, temporary-worker status"

   5/16-18/06 63 29 5 2  
   4/4-5/06 69 25 3 2  

.

"Trying to send as many illegal immigrants back to their home countries as possible"

   5/16-18/06 55 31 11 3  
   4/4-5/06 57 31 7 5  

.

"Using thousands of National Guard troops temporarily to help border patrol agents along the Mexican border to stop illegal immigration"

   5/16-18/06 63 31 3 3  

.

"Do you think the citizen volunteers known as 'Minutemen' who are patrolling the borders are best described as vigilantes who should leave patrolling to professional law enforcement, or as concerned citizens doing what the government is not doing?"

.

Vigilantes Concerned
citizens
Haven't heard
of them (vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  
5/16-18/06 34 46 9 11  
4/25-26/05 34 44 10 12  

 

CBS News Poll. May 16-17, 2006. N=636 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

.

"Would you favor or oppose allowing illegal immigrants who have done the following to stay and work in the United States: paid a fine, been in the U.S. for at least five years, paid any back taxes they owe, can speak English, and have no criminal record?"

.

Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %
5/16-17/06 77 19 4

.

"Do you think such a program would encourage more people to try to come to the U.S. illegally, or wouldn't it do that?"

.

Would Would Not Unsure
% % %
5/16-17/06 43 45 12

.

"Would you favor or oppose a new program allowing foreign workers to work in the U.S. on a temporary basis and then return to their home country?"

.

Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %
5/16-17/06 61 36 3

.

"Do you think that such a program would be effective in reducing the number of illegal immigrants to the U.S., or not?"

.

Would Would Not Unsure
% % %
5/16-17/06 46 49 5

.

"Would you favor or oppose stationing 6,000 National Guard troops in a support capacity at the U.S.-Mexico border to try to stop illegal immigration?"

.

Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %
5/16-17/06 62 32 6

.

"Do you think stationing National Guard troops at the U.S.-Mexico border would be effective in reducing the number of illegal immigrants to the U.S., or not?"

.

Would Would Not Unsure
% % %
5/16-17/06 68 25 7

.

"Do you think that stationing National Guard troops at the border will reduce the ability of National Guard troops to help fight the war in Iraq and assist in state emergencies and natural disasters, or not?"

.

Will Will Not Unsure
% % %
5/16-17/06 46 48 6

 

CNN Poll conducted by Opinion Research Corporation. May 16-17, 2006. N=1,022 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Would you favor or oppose each of the following proposals? . . ."

.

Favor Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

"Increasing penalties for employers who hire illegal immigrants"

  5/16-17/06

66 29 5    

.

"Sending National Guard troops to the Mexican border to help the border patrol try to prevent people from entering the U.S. illegally"

  5/16-17/06

64 32 4    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Adults nationwide.

.

"Which political party -- the Democrats or the Republicans -- do you trust to do a better job handling immigration issues?" Options rotated. Conducted 5/11-15/06; N=approx. 550.

.

Democrats Republicans Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

5/11-15/06

48 34 1 14 4

4/6-9/06

50 38 1 7 4

.

"Do you think the United States is or is not doing enough to keep illegal immigrants from coming into this country?" Conducted 5/12-14/06; N=508; MoE 4.5

.

Enough Not Enough Unsure
% % %

5/12-14/06

20 77 4

4/6-9/06

21 75 4

12/15-18/05

20 79 2

8/25-28/05

19 80 1

1/12-16/05

20 77 4

.

"Would you support or oppose using National Guard troops to patrol the U.S. border with Mexico?" Conducted 5/12-14/06; N=508; MoE 4.5

.

Support Oppose Unsure
% % %

5/12-14/06

74 25 2

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. May 11-12, 2006. N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Please tell me whether you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling certain aspects of his job. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling immigration policy?"

.

Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %
5/11-12/06 25 61 14
1/8-9/04 32 51 17

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. May 4-8, 2006. N=1,241 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Regardless of how you usually vote, do you think the Republican Party or the Democratic Party is more likely to make the right decisions when it comes to dealing with immigration issues?"

.

Republican
Party
Democratic
Party
Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

5/4-8/06

29 45 4 5 16
4/6-9/06 31 43 4 8 14

.

"Some people favor building a 700-mile-long fence along the U.S.-Mexico border because they say it would stop illegal immigrants from crossing the border into the U.S. Other people oppose the 700-mile-long fence because they say it would cost too much money and people would still find a way to get around it. What do you think? Do you favor or oppose building a 700-mile-long fence along the U.S.-Mexico border?"

.

Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %

5/4-8/06

29 66 5

Earlier polling on immigration


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