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Polls listed chronologically. Data are from nationwide surveys of Americans 18 & older.

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NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). April 21-24, 2006. N=1,005 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

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"In the community where you live, would you say that immigration has had a positive effect, a negative effect, or no real effect at all on [see below]?"

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Positive
Effect
Negative
Effect
No Real
Effect at All
Unsure  
% % % %  

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"The culture and character of the community"

   4/21-24/06

33 21 41 5  

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"The prices of everyday goods and services"

   4/21-24/06

23 17 51 9  

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"The availability of jobs"

   4/21-24/06

17 28 48 7  

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"Hospitals and public schools"

   4/21-24/06

16 39 37 8  

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"If you had to make a choice, would you favor deporting immigrants in America who are not legal citizens and do not have work permits, or would you favor allowing these immigrants to stay in America as long as they pass a security check, meet certain conditions, and pay taxes?"

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Deport
Them
Allow Them
To Stay
Unsure    
% % %    
4/21-24/06 35 61 4    

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"I'm going to describe a portion of a possible new immigration law, which also would include tighter border security. This law would deal with immigrants who are here illegally in three ways, depending on how long they have been in the United States. Those who have been here for more than five years would be allowed to continue to work here for six years, and then would be allowed to apply for permanent citizenship. Those who have been here for two to five years would be required to go to a legal border entry point and register sometime in the next three years, and would then be able to return to work. Those who have been here for less than two years would be required to return to their home country and apply for entry into the United States through the normal legal channels.
   
"Thinking about the portion of a possible immigration law I just described, would you favor or oppose this?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure    
% % %    
4/21-24/06 68 28 4    

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"If thousands of immigrants in the U.S. do not show up for work on May 1st in protest of immigration policy, do you think this will do more to help their cause, do more to hurt their cause, or have no real effect either way?"

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Help Hurt No Effect Unsure  
% % % %  
4/21-24/06 17 57 20 6  

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"Would you favor or oppose building a wall or a fence all along the border between Mexico and the United States, from Texas to California?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure    
% % %    
4/21-24/06 47 48 5    

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. April 7-9, 2006. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you think that illegal immigration to the United States is out of control, or not?"

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Out of Control Not Out
of Control
Unsure
% % %
4/7-9/06 81 16 3

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"How effective do you think each of the following would be as a way to reduce illegal immigration to the United States: very effective, somewhat effective, not too effective, or not at all effective? How about . . . ?"

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

"Instituting tough penalties for businesses that employ illegal immigrants"

   4/7-9/06 52 32 9 5 3

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"Significantly increasing the number of officers patrolling U.S. borders"

   4/7-9/06 37 44 13 5 1

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"Not allowing illegal immigrants to use American schools and hospitals"

   4/7-9/06 30 30 20 17 3

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"Taking action to raise the standard of living in countries where large numbers of immigrants come from"

   4/7-9/06 28 39 16 15 3

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"Building a wall along the border with Mexico"

   4/7-9/06 18 30 19 30 2

 

CBS News Poll. April 6-9, 2006. N=899 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Would you favor or oppose allowing immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally to apply for work permits which would allow them to stay and work in the United States?" N=472 (Form E)

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Favor Oppose Depends (vol.) Unsure
% % % %
4/6-9/06 49 43 4 4

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"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?" N=427 (Form F)

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Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %
4/6-9/06 74 23 3

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"Would you favor or oppose building a 700-mile-long security fence along the U.S.-Mexico border to try to stop illegal immigration?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %
4/6-9/06 48 48 4

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"Do you think it should or should not be a criminal offense if a U.S. citizen provides food, shelter, or medical care to an illegal immigrant?"

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Should Should Not Unsure
% % %
4/6-9/06 27 67 6

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. April 4-5, 2006. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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"How serious a problem do you believe the illegal immigration situation is in your community . . . ?"

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Very
Serious
Somewhat
Serious
Not Very
Serious
Not at All
Serious
Unsure
% % % % %
4/4-5/06 23 24 26 24 3

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"In dealing with the issue of illegal immigrants, do you think the United States should be more focused on securing the borders and preventing illegal immigrants from entering the country, or on dealing with the millions of illegal immigrants who are already in the country?"

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Secure
Borders
Deal with
Those Who
Are Here
Combination
(vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  
4/4-5/06 35 24 36 5  

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"I'm going to read a list of possible concerns some people have expressed over illegal immigration. For each one, please tell me if you are very concerned, somewhat concerned, not very concerned or not at all concerned about it. . . ."

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Concerned Not
Concerned
Unsure    
% % %    

"Overburden government programs and services"

   4/4-5/06 87 11 2    

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"Lead to an increase in crime"

   4/4-5/06 75 24 1    

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"Lead to an increase in terrorism"

   4/4-5/06 66 32 1    

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"Take jobs away from U.S. citizens"

   4/4-5/06 66 34 1    

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"Change the culture of the country"

   4/4-5/06 54 44 2    

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"Overall, do you think illegal immigrants provide more benefits to the nation by doing work many U.S. citizens don't want to do, or do they cost the country more because they don't pay taxes and use public services like schools and emergency rooms?"

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Provide
Benefits
Cost More Unsure    
% % %    
4/4-5/06 22 65 13    

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"Some people say that illegal immigrants are mainly doing low-paying jobs that U.S. citizens don't want. Other people say that illegal immigrants are taking jobs away from U.S. citizens. Which is closer to how you feel?"

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Unwanted
Jobs
Taking
Jobs Away
Combination/
Depends (vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  
4/4-5/06 47 34 16 3  

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"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. . . ."

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

"Imposing fines and criminal charges against employers who hire illegal immigrants"

   4/4-5/06 73 19 4 4  

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"Using the U.S. military to stop illegal immigrants at the borders"

   4/4-5/06 55 38 3 4  

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"Building a wall or security fence along the U.S.-Mexico border to stop illegal immigration"

   4/4-5/06 50 43 3 4  

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"Building a wall or security fence along the U.S.-Canada border to stop illegal immigration"

   4/4-5/06 36 57 3 5  

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"Do you think it should be a requirement of those applying to become U.S. citizens that they speak English?"

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Yes No Unsure    
% % %    
4/4-5/06 77 20 3    

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"Do you think most illegal immigrants have a greater allegiance to their home countries or to the United States?"

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Home
Countries
U.S. Depends (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  
4/4-5/06 57 18 11 14  

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"Do you think most illegal immigrants really want to become citizens or do you think they just want to make money in the United States and go home?"

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Become
Citizens
Make Money Unsure
% % %
4/4-5/06 33 51 16

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"Do you think it is fair or unfair to grant rights to illegal immigrants while thousands of people wait each year to come to the United States legally?"

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Fair Unfair Unsure
% % %
4/4-5/06 12 81 8

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"Based on what you know, how common is it for people in your community to hire illegal immigrants to perform jobs such as childcare, house cleaning or lawn work? Is it very common, somewhat common, not very common or not at all common?"

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Common Not
Common
Unsure
% % %
4/4-5/06 50 38 12

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"Under current law, any child born in the United States is a citizen of the United States. If an illegal immigrant has a baby while living in the United States, do you think the child should automatically become a U.S. citizen or not?"

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Should Should Not Unsure
% % %
4/4-5/06 45 49 6

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"Which party do you think would do a better job handling the issue of immigration: Democrats or Republicans?"

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Democrats Republicans Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %
4/4-5/06 34 24 6 20 15

 

Time Poll conducted by Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas (SRBI) Public Affairs. March 29-30, 2006. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the job President Bush is doing in handling the illegal immigration problem?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %
3/29-30/06 25 56 19
1/24-26/06 24 61 15
11/29 - 12/1/05 27 57 17

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"Turning to problems with illegal immigrants entering the United States -- How serious a problem is illegal immigration into the United States: extremely serious, very serious, somewhat serious, or not very serious?"

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Extremely
Serious
Very
Serious
Somewhat
Serious
Not Very
Serious
Unsure
% % % % %
3/29-30/06 32 36 21 8 2
1/24-26/06 30 33 26 8 2
11/29 - 12/1/05 30 34 28 7 1

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"Do you think the U.S. is doing enough along its borders to keep illegal immigrants from crossing into this country, doing too much, or not doing enough to keep illegal immigrants from crossing over into the U.S.?"

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Enough Too Much Not Enough Unsure
% % % %
3/29-30/06 10 4 82 4
1/24-26/06 14 7 74 5
11/29 - 12/1/05 15 7 74 5

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"Do you think that people who are here illegally are taking jobs from United States citizens, or are they mostly taking jobs that U.S. citizens do not want or cannot do?"

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Taking Jobs Taking
Unwanted
Jobs
Depends (vol.) Unsure
% % % %
3/29-30/06 35 55 6 4
1/24-26/06 36 56 4 4

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"Do you think that illegals should be allowed to obtain driver's licenses, or not?"

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Allowed Not Allowed Unsure
% % %
3/29-30/06 27 69 4

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"Do you think that illegals should be allowed to attend public schools, or not?"

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Allowed Not Allowed Unsure
% % %
3/29-30/06 46 51 4

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"Should illegals be allowed to obtain government services, such as health care or food stamps?"

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Allowed Not Allowed Unsure
% % %
3/29-30/06 21 75 4

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"Two different approaches have been suggested to deal with illegal immigrants. Please tell me which comes closest to your views. (1) Make illegal immigration a crime and not allow anyone who entered the country illegally to work or stay in the United States under any circumstances. OR, (2) Allow illegal immigrants to get temporary work visas so the government can track them and allow them to earn permanent residence after six years if they learn English, pay a fine, pay any back taxes, and have no criminal record." Options rotated

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Make Illegal
Immigration
a Crime
Allow Work
Visas, Earn
Permanent
Residence
Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % %
3/29-30/06 25 72 2 1

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"Would you be more likely to vote for a candidate who wanted to make illegal immigration a crime, less likely, or wouldn't it make much difference to you?"

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More Likely Less Likely Not Much
Difference
Unsure
% % % %
3/29-30/06 29 28 37 5

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"Here are some policies that have been suggested to deal with illegal immigrants. For each one, please tell me whether you would favor or oppose it. . . ."

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Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %

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"Allowing illegal immigrants already working in the United States to register as guest workers for a fixed period of time, so the government could keep track of them"

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  3/29-30/06 79 18 2  
  1/24-26/06 73 23 3  

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"Allowing illegal immigrants now in this country to earn U.S. citizenship if they learn to speak English, have a job and pay taxes"

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  3/29-30/06 78 21 1  
  1/24-26/06 76 22 2  

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"Granting temporary visas to immigrants not currently in the United States so that they can do seasonal or temporary work here and then return to their own countries"

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  3/29-30/06 72 26 2  
  1/24-26/06 64 33 3  

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"Providing major penalties for employers convicted of hiring illegal immigrants and strongly enforcing it"

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  3/29-30/06 71 26 3  
  1/24-26/06 74 22 3  

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"Stopping illegal immigrants from entering the United States by taking whatever steps are necessary to guard the border with Mexico, including using U.S. military forces"

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  3/29-30/06 62 35 3  
  1/24-26/06 57 39 4  

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"Building a security fence along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexican border to stop the flow of illegals across that border"

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  3/29-30/06 56 40 3  

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"Deporting all illegal immigrants back to their home countries"

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  3/29-30/06 47 49 4  
  1/24-26/06 50 45 4  

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"If there is a guest worker program, should the illegal immigrants now in the United States be eligible to register for the program while in the United States without having to return to their own countries to apply, or should they have to go back to their own countries to apply?"

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Register
In the U.S.
Apply in Own
Countries
Unsure
% % %
3/29-30/06 51 45 4
1/24-26/06 50 46 4
11/29 - 12/1/05 50 45 5

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"How concerned are you about each of the following issues concerning illegal immigrants: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not very concerned, or not concerned at all? . . ."

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Very
Concerned
Somewhat
Concerned
Not Very
Concerned
Not at All
Concerned
Unsure
% % % % %

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"It costs taxpayers too much money to provide them with services such as health care and education"

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  3/29-30/06 61 23 7 8 1
  1/24-26/06 62 21 7 8 1

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"American workers can't afford to work for the same low wages as the illegal immigrants"

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  3/29-30/06 43 30 11 14 3
  1/24-26/06 47 29 12 10 2

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"They increase the likelihood of terrorism in the United States"

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  3/29-30/06 44 29 14 12 1
  1/24-26/06 47 23 14 14 1

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"They increase the amount of crime"

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  3/29-30/06 40 31 14 13 2
  1/24-26/06 42 29 16 11 2

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"They take jobs away from Americans"

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  3/29-30/06 35 26 18 19 1
  1/24-26/06 38 25 21 15 1

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"There are already too many people in the United States"

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  3/29-30/06 33 26 20 20 1
  1/24-26/06 35 25 19 20 1

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"Illegal immigrants weaken our way of life in this country"

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  3/29-30/06 29 26 19 24 1

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"What if the United States deported all illegal immigrants and toughened security to stop them from entering this country? Do you think the United States would be better off or worse off?"

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Better Off Worse Off No Difference
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % %

3/29-30/06

51 38 4 7

1/24-26/06

55 35 4 6

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"Immigrants and immigration rights advocates have been holding demonstrations in the past few days in several cities to protest bills in Congress that would make illegal immigration a crime. Have you seen or heard anything about these demonstrations?"

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Yes No
% %
3/29-30/06 67 33

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"Do these kinds of demonstrations make you more likely to favor laws allowing illegal immigrants into this country, more likely to favor laws that make it a crime for an illegal immigrant to enter or work here, or don't they have much effect on you?"

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More Likely
To Allow
More Likely
To Make
It a Crime
Don't Have
Much Effect
Unsure
% % % %
3/29-30/06 12 35 49 3

 

Associated Press-Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs. March 28-30, 2006. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

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"Would you favor or oppose allowing immigrants with jobs who are in the United States illegally to apply for legal, temporary worker status?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %

3/28-30/06

56 41 4

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"On balance, do you think illegal immigrants mostly make a contribution to American society, or are they mostly a drain on American society?"

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Make a
Contribution
A
Drain
Unsure
% % %

3/28-30/06

51 42 7

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"Which comes closest to your view? Illegal immigrants take jobs that Americans don't want. Illegal immigrants take away jobs that are wanted by Americans."

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Take Jobs
Americans
Don't Want
Take Jobs
Wanted by
Americans
Unsure
% % %

3/28-30/06

65 29 6

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"Do you think it should be a serious criminal offense to enter and remain in the United States without proper documentation or should it be considered a minor offense?"

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Serious Minor Unsure
% % %

3/28-30/06

47 51 2

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). March 10-13, 2006. N=approx. 500 adults nationwide.

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"I'm going to read you several characteristics of a possible candidate for Congress. For each one I mention, please tell me whether you would be more likely or less likely to vote for a candidate for Congress with that characteristic, or whether it would make no difference in your vote either way. A candidate who favors tighter controls on illegal immigration."

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More Likely Less Likely No
Difference
Unsure  
% % % %  
3/10-13/06 71 11 15 3  

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"In addition to improving security at our borders, Congress is considering a proposal that would impose a monetary fine on foreigners who are currently in the United States illegally and then grant them legal, temporary-worker status. Which of the following statements do you agree with more?
  
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Statement A: We SHOULD grant temporary-worker status to foreigners who are here illegally. Most of them will stay in the United States anyway, and this plan would allow the government to keep track of them and their activities and require them to pay taxes while they are here.
  
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Statement B: We should NOT grant temporary-worker status to foreigners who are here illegally, as this would make them and their families eligible for government services while they are here. We should not reward people who have broken the law, and this will encourage even more people to enter the United States illegally."

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Should
Grant
Should Not
Grant
Unsure    
% % %    
3/10-13/06 39 56 5    

 

Quinnipiac University poll. Feb. 21-28, 2006. N=1,892 registered voters nationwide. MoE 2.3.

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"As you may know, immigrants to the United States can be here legally -- that is, they have been legally admitted to the country and are allowed to live and work here; or they can be here illegally. Such immigrants are sometimes called 'undocumented' because they do not have papers allowing them to live and work here. 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
% % % %
2/21-28/06 33 24 39 4

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"Do you support or oppose making it easier for illegal immigrants to become citizens?"

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Support Oppose Unsure
% % %
2/21-28/06 32 62 6

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"Do you support or oppose making it easier for illegal immigrants to become legal workers?"

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Support Oppose Unsure
% % %
2/21-28/06 41 54 4

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"Do you support or oppose allowing illegal immigrants to get drivers' licenses?"

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Support Oppose Unsure
% % %
2/21-28/06 25 72 4

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"Do you support or oppose requiring proof of legal residency in order to obtain government benefits?"

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Support Oppose Unsure
% % %
2/21-28/06 84 14 3

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"Do you support or oppose eliminating the automatic American citizenship for illegal immigrants' children who are born in the United States?"

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Support Oppose Unsure
% % %
2/21-28/06 42 50 7

 

Time Poll conducted by Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas (SRBI) Public Affairs. Jan. 24-26, 2006. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you think that illegal immigrants who are day laborers should be allowed to gather in public places, waiting to be picked up by employers?"

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Yes No Unsure
% % %
1/24-26/06 43 50 7

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"Do you think communities should set up officially sanctioned day labor pick-up sites where workers, whether illegal immigrants or not, could gather and wait for work?"

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Yes No Unsure
% % %
1/24-26/06 58 36 6

 

Pew Research Center survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Jan. 4-8, 2006. N=1,503 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Would you favor or oppose a policy allowing immigrants to enter the U.S. legally and work here for a limited period of time, but then they would have to go home?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %
1/4-8/06 47 46 7
3/05 50 44 6

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Dec. 9-11, 2005. Nationwide.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling immigration?" N=503, MoE 5 (Form A)

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Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %

12/9-11/05

28 64 8

11/11-13/05

26 65 9

1/7-9/05

34 54 12

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling controlling illegal immigration?" N=500, MoE 5 (Form B)

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Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %

12/9-11/05

26 65 9

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"How important is it to you that the president and Congress deal with each of the following issues in the next year? Is it extremely important, very important, moderately important, or not that important? How about [see below]?"

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Extremely
Important
Very
Important
Moderately
Important
Not That
Important
Unsure
% % % % %

Immigration N=503, MoE 5 (Form A)

  12/9-11/05

27 30 37 5 1

  12/17-19/04

27 38 26 8 1

  1/11-14/02

30 33 29 7 1
  1/10-14/01 17 29 39 12 3

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Controlling illegal immigration N=500, MoE 5 (Form B)

  12/9-11/05

31 31 32 5 1

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"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." Options rotated. N=500, MoE 5 (Form B).

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Legal U.S.
Residents
Stop Flow/
Deport
Unsure
% % %

12/9-11/05

41 56 3

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"Do you think legal immigrants mostly help the economy by providing low cost labor, or mostly hurt the economy by driving wages down for many Americans?" Options rotated. N=503, MoE 5 (Form A).

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Mostly Help Mostly Hurt Neither (vol.) Both (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

12/9-11/05

42 52 3 2 1

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"Do you think illegal immigrants mostly help the economy by providing low cost labor, or mostly hurt the economy by driving wages down for many Americans?" Options rotated. N=500, MoE 5 (Form B).

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Mostly Help Mostly Hurt Neither (vol.) Both (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

12/9-11/05

32 60 2 2 4

 

Time Poll conducted by Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas (SRBI) Public Affairs. Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2005. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Overall, do you think illegal immigrants hurt or help the U.S. economy?" Options rotated

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Hurt Help Depends
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % %
11/29 - 12/1/05 64 26 5 5

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"Would you favor or oppose a program that would allow illegal immigrants who have jobs in the United States to live and work legally in the United States for a fixed period of time if they registered with the government as temporary guest workers so the U.S. government could keep track of them?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %
11/29 - 12/1/05 72 24 4

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Oct. 11-12, 2005. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you think the federal government is doing enough to secure the country's borders?"

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Yes

No

Unsure

%

%

%

10/11-12/05 16 78 6
1/14-15/03 30 62 8
4/16-17/02 27 60 13
11/14-15/01 31 54 15

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"Do you favor or oppose a proposal to build a 2,000-mile-long security fence along the U.S.-Mexico border to stop illegal immigration?"

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Favor

Oppose

Unsure

%

%

%

10/11-12/05 51 37 12

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"Which of the following do you think would be more effective at preventing illegal immigration along the U.S.-Mexico border: a 2,000-mile-long security fence, or thousands of additional border patrol agents?" Options rotated

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Fence

Agents

Same (vol.)

Neither (vol.)

Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

10/11-12/05 23 38 11 18 10

 

CBS News Poll. Oct. 3-5, 2005. N=808 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

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"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?"

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Take Jobs
Away
Take
Unwanted
Jobs
Both
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % %
ALL adults 31 58 7 4
  Republicans 31 59 7 3
  Democrats 37 56 4 3
  Independents 27 60 9 4

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Trend:
7/29 - 8/2/05 33 52 10 5
1/04 39 53 4 4

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

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Harder Not As
Hard
Not Much
Difference
Unsure
% % % %
ALL adults 46 6 43 5
  Republicans 46 5 43 6
  Democrats 43 7 46 4
  Independents 49 6 40 5

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Trend:
1/04 46 6 39 9

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"Recently, citizen volunteers known as 'minutemen' have been patrolling some borders to keep out illegal immigrants. Should citizen volunteers be allowed to patrol the borders, or should patrolling the borders be left to government law enforcement?"

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Allowed Left To
Gov't
Unsure
% % %
ALL adults 31 65 4
  Republicans 50 48 2
  Democrats 16 82 2
  Independents 33 61 6

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"Do you think the U.S. is doing enough along its borders to keep illegal immigrants from crossing into this country, doing too much, or not doing enough to keep illegal immigrants from crossing over into the U.S.?"

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Doing
Enough
Doing
Too Much
Not Doing
Enough
Unsure
% % % %
ALL adults 15 4 75 6
  Republicans 9 1 87 3
  Democrats 19 2 72 7
  Independents 16 7 70 7

 

CBS News Poll. July 29-Aug. 2, 2005. N=1,222 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Should immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally be allowed to apply for work permits which would allow them to stay and work in the United States, or shouldn't they be allowed to do that?"

.

Allowed Not
allowed
Unsure
% % %
ALL adults 32 63 5
Republicans 27 68 5
Democrats 37 59 4
Independents 32 63 5

 

Gallup Poll. June 6-25, 2005. N=2,264 adults nationwide, including oversamples of Blacks and Hispanics weighted to reflect their proportions in the general population. MoE 5.

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

.

Pay fair
share
Cost too
much
Neither/
Both (vol.)/
Unsure
% % %
6/6-25/05 49 44 7
9/00 48 40 12

.

"Do you think immigrants mostly help the economy by providing low-cost labor, or mostly hurt the economy by driving wages down for many Americans?" Options rotated

.

Mostly help Mostly hurt Neither (vol.) Both (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %
6/6-25/05 42 49 3 3 3
1/04 30 65 2 1 2
9/00 44 40 7 3 6

.

"Do you think the United States should or should not make it easier for illegal immigrants to become citizens of the United States?"

.

Should Should not Unsure
% % %
6/6-25/05 28 70 2
1/04 23 74 3
8/01 28 67 5

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). May 12-16, 2005. N=1,005 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

.

"There are some groups of private citizens who believe that the federal government does not have the ability to patrol the borders of the United States by itself. These groups conduct their own armed patrols of the U.S. border separate and independent from the government's patrols. Do you favor or oppose private citizens conducting independent patrols of the United States' borders?"

.

Favor Oppose Unsure    
% % %    
5/12-16/05 40 54 6    

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. April 25-26, 2005. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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"How serious a problem do you believe the illegal or undocumented 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
% % % % %
4/25-26/05 63 28 5 2 2

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Asked of those who answered "very serious" or "somewhat serious" (N=820):
"
Is the reason you see illegal immigration as a problem based more on concerns about jobs and the economy or based more on concerns about terrorism and homeland security?"

.

Jobs and
Economy
Terrorism
and Security
Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %
4/25-26/05 31 31 32 5 1

.

"Do you favor or oppose using the U.S. military to stop illegal immigrants at the borders?"

.

Favor Oppose Unsure    
% % %    
4/25-26/05 67 24 9    
6/02 79 15 6    

.

"Do you favor or oppose allowing illegal or undocumented immigrants who have jobs in the United States to apply for legal, temporary-worker status?"

.

Favor Oppose Unsure    
% % %    
4/25-26/05 62 31 7    

.

"Do you favor or oppose eliminating all forms of public assistance, including education and health benefits, to all illegal or undocumented immigrants and their children?"

.

Favor Oppose Unsure    
% % %    
4/25-26/05 43 45 12    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). March 31-April 3, 2005. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

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"How important to you is the issue of immigration: extremely important, quite important, somewhat important, or not that important?"

.

Extremely Quite Somewhat Not That Unsure
% % % % %
3/31 - 4/3/05 36 23 30 10 1

 

Gallup Poll. Feb. 9-12, 2004. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"As you may know, President Bush has proposed a plan that would allow some illegal immigrants currently in the U.S. to legally stay in this country for several years as long as they hold jobs that no U.S. citizen wanted to do. The plan would require these immigrant workers to return to their countries after their time under this program had expired. Do you favor or oppose this plan?"

.

Favor Oppose Unsure  
% % %  
2/9-12/04 46 51 3  
1/9-11/04 42 55 3  

 

ABC News Poll. Jan. 7-11, 2004. N=1,142 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Would you support or oppose a program in which illegal immigrants from Mexico would be allowed to live and work legally in the United States?"

Support Oppose Unsure  
% % %  
1/04 41 52 8  
8/01 43 49 7  

.

"Would you support or oppose a program in which illegal immigrants from countries other than Mexico would be allowed to live and work legally in the United States?"

Support Oppose Unsure  
% % %  
1/04 37 57 7  
8/01 38 56 6  

.

"If this program is created, do you think immigrants who apply for it should be allowed to live and work legally in the United States for a limited period of time, say six years; or for an unlimited period of time?" Options rotated

Limited Unlimited Unsure  
% % %  
1/04 67 25 8  

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Dec. 7-10, 2001. N=1,052 adults nationwide. MoE 3.
           

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"Do you think most of the people who have moved to the United States in the last few years are here legally, or are most of them here illegally?"
    12/01 6/93      
    % %      
  Legally 29 17      
  Illegally 53 68      
  Half and half (vol.) 3 5      
  Don't know 15 10      

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Sept. 13-14, 2001. N=959 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Do you think the United States has made it too easy for people from other countries to enter the U.S., or not?"
%
Made it too easy 80
Has not 15
Don't know 5

 


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