Seventy-three percent (73%) of voters believe it is appropriate for the U.S. Census Bureau to ask residents if they are citizens of the United States. That question is currently before the Supreme Court and public attitudes are little changed since last November. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that just 18% disagree and believe the citizenship question is inappropriate.
Eighty-nine percent (89%) of Republicans believe that asking about citizenship as part of the Census is appropriate. So to 68% of Independent voters and 64% of Democrats (see crosstab results).
The Census count of the population plays a major role in American political life. Among other things, it determines the number of Congressional Districts in each state. The question of whether non-citizens or illegal immigrants should be included in determining the number of Congressional Districts will likely come before the Supreme Court at some point.
Sixty-two percent (62%) of voters believe that only the number of legal residents should be used to calculate the number of Congressional Districts. Thirty percent (30%) believe all residents– including illegal immigrants–should be included.
Eighty percent (80%) of Republicans believe only legal residents should be considered when distributing Congressional Districts. So do 60% of Independent voters. Democrats are evenly divided: 49% believe only legal residents should be considered while 44% believe all residents should be included.
The Trump Administration wants to add the citizenship question to the Census for 2020. Several states and cities are suing the federal government to prevent that question from being asked.
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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted April 24-25, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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