Seventy-one percent (71%) believe illegal immigration including 40% who describe it as Very Serious. In fact, a new ScottRasmussen.com national survey shows that 25% see illegal immigration as the most serious threat facing the United States right now. Sixty-two percent (62%) disagree and 13% are not sure.
Other recent polling showed that a similar number–24%– believe climate change is the most serious threat facing the nation. However, the demographic dynamics of the two issues are much different.
On climate change, there is a huge generation gap with younger voters far more concerned than their elders. On illegal immigration, there is little generation distinction.
However, there is a massive partisan divide on illegal immigration. Forty-six percent (46%) of Republicans consider it to be the greatest threat facing the nation. Only 8% of Democrats agree along with 23% of Independent voters (see crosstab results).
Voters from all parties tend to see legal immigration as good for the United States and illegal immigration as bad.
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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted February 15-16, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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