Eighty-one percent (81%) of voters nationwide believe that legal immigration is good for America. However, a ScottRasmussen.com national survey also found that 80% believe illegal immigration is bad.
That means 62% of voters see a clear distinction between legal and illegal immigration. That’s a slight increase from earlier surveys.
Eighty-three percent (83%) of Republicans believe legal immigration is good along with 81% of Democrats and 80% of Independents.
The gap is a bit larger on the topic of illegal immigration. Eighty-nine percent (89%) of Republicans believe it is bad for the nation. That view is shared by 82% of Independents and 70% of Democrats (see question wording and crosstab results).
When it comes to immigration policy, 52% say it is more important to stop illegal immigration than to resolve the legal status of illegal immigrants already living in the country. Forty-eight percent (48%) hold the opposite view.
We used a split sample approach to measure support for the concept of comprehensive immigration reform that would secure our borders and resolve the status of illegal immigrants already living in the country. When border security was mentioned first, 75% were in favor of the concept. When legalization was mentioned first, 67% supported it.
Scott Rasmussen’s weekly column reviewed the data and found that elite opinion is standing in the way of comprehensive immigration reform. The failure of political and media elites to grasp the general public’s perspective on immigration is a big part of the reason that Donald Trump was elected President of the United States.
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This national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted November 27-28, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and the Demographic profile of our sample). The Margin of Error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
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