Voters Are Evenly Divided on Focus of Immigration Reform

Fifty percent (50%) of voters believe that the focus of immigration reform should be on stopping illegal immigration. However, a nation survey found that another 50% believe that the primary focus should be on resolving the status of illegal immigrants already living in the country (see question wording and toplines).

Six out-of-ten urban voters (58%) want to focus on resolving the status of the those already here. Six-out-of-ten rural voters (62%) hold the opposite view. Suburban residents are split right down the middle.

On a partisan basis, seven-out-of-ten Democrats (70%) want to focus on resolving the status of the those already here. Seven-out-of-ten Republican voters (72%) hold the opposite view. Independent voters are evenly split (see crosstabs).

This national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted August 7-8, 2018 for by HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and the Demographic profile of our sample). The Margin of Error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

Data released earlier shows that most Americans see a significant difference between legal and illegal immigration. Fifty-one percent (51%) of voters believe that legal immigration is generally good for the nation while also believing that illegal immigration is generally bad.  Twenty-seven percent (27%) believe both legal and illegal immigration are generally bad for the nation. Nearly as many, 20%, believe both forms of immigration are generally good.

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