77% Say Legal Immigration Good for US; 79% Say Illegal Immigration Bad

Seventy-seven percent (77%) of voters believe that legal immigration is good for the United States. At the same time, a ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 79% believe that illegal immigration is bad.

These results have held steady in regular polling since last August. They show that most voters see a clear distinction between legal and illegal immigration.

As you would expect with such levels of support, they are fairly consistent across partisan and demographic lines. Perhaps not surprisingly, Republicans are a bit softer in their praise of legal immigration and Democrats a bit less critical of illegal immigration. But, overall, there is far more common ground rather than division.

Seventy-six percent (76%) of white voters believe legal immigration is good along with 72% of black voters and 90% of Hispanic voters.

On the other hand, 84% of white voters believe illegal immigration is bad. So do 70% of black voters and 65% of Hispanic voters (see crosstab results).

Other data released recently shows that 72% favor comprehensive immigration reform to secure our borders and resolve the status of illegal immigrants already living in the country. If such legislation is passed, 57% want border security to be the top priority.

On a related topic, Republican voters name illegal immigration as the nation’s biggest national security threat.

Despite the strong support for border security, most voters do not want another government shutdown over this issue. Sixty-two percent (62%) want the negotiators to do whatever it takes to avoid another shutdown. Just 38% believe it is more important to obtain funding for border security.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted January 29-30, 2019 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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