54% Believe Immigration Policy Should Be Based Upon Skills, Not Family

When deciding who should be allowed to enter the United States each year, 54% of voters believe the top priority should be given to those with skills that will benefit the United States rather than to those who have relatives in the United States. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 24% believe family relationships should be the top priority and 22% are not sure.

Sixty-four percent (64%) of Republicans believe preference should be given to those with skills. So do 47% of Democrats and 44% of Independent voters.

The survey also found that just 23% believe there should be no limits placed upon the number of people entering the United States.

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The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 24-26, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 153 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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