Sixty-three percent (63%) of voters nationwide do not believe non-citizens should be allowed to vote in local elections. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 25% believe they should be allowed to vote and 12% are not sure.
There is a stunning generation gap on this question. Among those under 50, 42% believe non-citizens should be allowed to vote in local elections. Just 43% disagree. Among older voters, only 8% believe non-citizens should vote while 82% disagree (see question wording and crosstab results).
Some cities and towns do allow non-citizens to vote in local elections. However, it is against the law for them to vote in elections for federal office.
The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted November 8-9, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and the demographic profile of our sample). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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