55% Want Government to Remove Millions of Illegal Immigrants

Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters favor a plan to have government officials remove millions of illegal or undocumented immigrants from the United States. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 45% are opposed.

President Trump suggested this policy in a tweet on Monday.

Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Republicans favor this policy along with 53% of Independent voters. Sixty-six percent (66%) of Democrats are opposed.

The data was collected using a split sample approach. Half the survey respondents heard the question asked with the term “illegal immigrants” and half with “undocumented immigrants.” While there were some differences based upon wording, they were fairly modest and results are reported here on an aggregated basis (see crosstab results).

Other findings from the survey:

  • Fifty-four percent (54%) of voters have a favorable opinion of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE). Forty-seven percent (47%) have an unfavorable view.
  • Thirty-six percent (36%) want to abolish ICE while 64% disagree.
  • Thirty percent (30%) favor issuing drivers licenses to illegal/undocumented immigrants (New York recently became the 12th state to do so).

Given four options, 47% of voters said the top priority for immigration policy should be stopping the flow of illegal/undocumented immigrants from entering the country. Twenty-five percent (25%) think it should be granting legal resident status to illegal/undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States. Another 16% want to prioritize the deportation of illegal/undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States. Finally, 12% think policy should focus first on granting sanctuary to anyone who wants to enter and live in the United States.

A majority of both Republican and Independent voters believe that stopping illegal immigration should be the top priority. A plurality of Democrats say it should be granting legal resident status to illegal/undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States.

Eighty-one percent (81%) of voters believe that legal immigration is good for the United States. Seventy-seven percent believe that illegal immigration is bad. We release new polling data on  immigration at least twice each month.

Data released recently found little support for a Municipal Identification plan implemented by South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted June 18-19, 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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