After Traffic Violations, 63% Think Cops Should Be Allowed to Ask for Proof of Legal Residence

If a police officer stops someone for a traffic violation, 63% of voters nationwide believe they should be allowed to ask for proof that the driver is in the United States legally. A national survey found that 28% disagree and 9% are not sure.

Eighty-seven percent (87%) of Republicans believe officers should be allowed to ask for proof of legal residence while just 10% disagree. Independent voters are also supportive by a 63% to 30% margin. However, Democrats are evenly divided. Forty-five percent (45%) of those in Nancy Pelosi’s party think officers should be allowed to make such a request while 42% disagree (see crosstab results).

The request for proof of legal residence is supported by 69% of rural voters, 64% of suburban voters, and 54% of urban voters.

The Pew Research Center has found that traffic violations lead to a large number of arrests by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE).  Some activists are calling for new measures to prevent traffic violations by illegal immigrants from leading to deportation.

Data released earlier showed that 30% favor issuing drivers licenses to illegal or undocumented immigrants (New York recently became the 12th state to do so). releases new public opinion data every day relating to topics in the news and other items of interest. Please sign up to receive the latest data and insights each day via email.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted June 20-21, 2019 by 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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