Twenty-one percent (21%) of voters nationwide believe the United States has no right to decide who is eligible to enter the country. They believe anyone who wants to live in the United States should be allowed entry.
However, 79% disagree and take the opposite view.
This is consistent with a vast collection of survey data showing that eight-out-of-ten voters believe illegal immigration is bad for the United States (eight-out-of-ten also believe that legal immigration is good for the country).
However, 95% believe it is important that potential immigrants be required to go through customs and fill out appropriate entry papers. That total includes 73% who consider the process Very Important.
Thirty-seven percent (37%) at least somewhat favor a proposal made to decriminalize crossing the border and entering the United States without permission. Sixty-three percent (63%) are opposed. Those figures include 17% who Strongly Favor decriminalization and 40% who are Strongly Opposed.
Most (56%) voters under 35 and most Democrats (53%) favor a proposal for decriminalization. Solid majorities of older voters, Republicans, and Independents disagree.
Among voters under 35, 41% believe the U.S. has no right to set rules about who may enter the country. Thirty-two percent (32%) of Democrats agree (see crosstab results).
However, solid majorities of every measured demographic group believe it is important that potential immigrants be required to go through customs and fill out appropriate entry papers.
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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted July 5-6, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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