Thirty-eight percent (38%) of voters believe local school districts should be required to provide a free public-school education for the children of illegal or undocumented immigrants. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 41% disagree and 20% are not sure.
In 1982, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that local school districts must provide such educational services to the children of illegal or undocumented immigrants. That ruling ( Plyer vs. Doe) arose out of a 1975 Texas law designed to “deny enrollment in their public schools to and withhold any state funds for the education of children who were not ‘legally admitted’ to the country.”
Democratic voters agree with the Court’s decision by a 55% to 22% margin. Republicans oppose it 62% to 23%. Among Independent voters, just 33% agree with the Court ruling while 44% disagree (see crosstab results).
The survey also found that:
- If an illegal/undocumented immigrant is seriously hurt in an automobile accident, 79% believe local hospitals be required to provide the injured person with emergency medical care. Only 11% disagree.
- Twenty-six percent (26%) believe illegal/undocumented immigrants should be eligible for health care subsidies through Obamacare. Fifty-four percent (54%) disagree and 20% are not sure.
- Most Republicans and Independent voters don’t believe illegal/undocumented immigrants should be eligible. Democrats are evenly divided.
- Twenty-three percent (23%) believe illegal/undocumented immigrants should be allowed to work for state or local governments. Sixty-five percent (65%) disagree.
- Only 8% think illegal/undocumented immigrants should be allowed to buy a gun.
Half the survey respondents were asked about whether services should be provided to illegal immigrants. The other half were asked about undocumented immigrants.
Eight-out-of-ten voters believe that legal immigration is good for the United States. At the same time, eight-out-of-ten believe that illegal immigration is bad. We release new polling data on immigration at least twice each month.
Data released recently showed that 55% of voters favor a plan to have government officials remove millions of illegal or undocumented immigrants from the United States. Another survey found little support for a Municipal Identification plan implemented by South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted June 20-21, 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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