Eighty-one percent (81%) of voters nationwide believe that legal immigration is good for the United States. That’s up 10 points since August. However, a ScottRasmussen.com poll also found that 81% believe illegal immigration is bad for the nation. That’s up two points since the earlier survey.
Legal immigration is seen as good by 87% of Democrats, 80% of Republicans, and 77% of Independent voters.
Illegal immigration is seen as bad by 95% of Republicans, 82% of Independents, and 69% of Democrats (see question wording and crosstabs).
These results confirm earlier data showing that most voters see a significant distinction between legal and illegal immigration. Such attitudes acknowledge that we are both a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws. It also helps explain why 65% of voters support sending troops to our southern border.
The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted October 24-25, 2018 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.
Fifty-three percent (53%) of voters now believe the focus of immigration reform should be on stopping illegal immigration. Forty-seven percent (47%) believe that the primary focus should be on resolving the status of illegal immigrants already living in the country. In August, those numbers were 50-50.
Sixty-three percent (63%) believe that immigrants who enter the country illegally represent a potential national security threat to the United States. That figure is unchanged since August. Fifty-four percent (54%) believe they reduce the wages paid to American workers.
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