Thirty percent (30%) of voters nationwide believe immigrants should be eligible for citizenship within two years of moving to America. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 48% believe the waiting period should be from two to ten years. Eight percent (8%) believe it should be even longer while 15% are not sure.
Under current law, a person must generally be a permanent resident of the country for five years before applying for citizenship. There are exceptions. For example, a person married to a U.S. resident can apply for citizenship after 3 years of permanent residence.
Partisan and demographic differences on this question are generally modest (see question wording and crosstab results).
The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted November 8-9, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and the demographic profile of our sample). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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