Fifty-nine percent (59%) of voters nationwide believe immigrants who enter the country illegally represent a potential national security threat to the United States. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that view is shared by 86% of Republicans, 58% of Independents, and 38% of Democrats (see crosstab results).
Along with health care and the economy, immigration and national security consistently rank as top issues among voters. A large number of surveys conducted over the past year show that eight-out-of-ten voters consider legal immigration good for the country. At the same time, eight-out-of-ten consistenly consider illegal immigration to be bad. As a result, most voters support a wide range of measures to limit or prevent illegal immigration.
The latest survey also found that 53% believe that immigrants who enter the country illegally for temporary jobs reduce the wages paid to American workers. That view is shared by 72% of Republicans, 53% of Independents, and 37% of Democrats.
Data released earlier shows that 21% believe the United States has no right to decide who is eligible to enter the country.
Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters favor a plan to have government officials remove millions of illegal or undocumented immigrants from the United States. Thirty-six percent (36%) want to abolish ICE while 64% disagree. Thirty percent (30%) favor issuing drivers licenses to illegal/undocumented immigrants
Forty-nine percent (49%) of voters nationwide believe that a child born in the United States to an illegal immigrant should be considered a U.S. citizen. However, just 32% believe the mother should be allowed to remain in the country. Overall, 75% believe that our immigration system should prioritize people with skills that could benefit the economy rather than granting legal status to people with relatives in the United States. That view is shared across partisan and demographic lines.
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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted July 17-18, 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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