Voters Support All of the Above Approach to Reduce Illegal Immigration

Reflecting a widely shared belief that legal immigration is good for America but illegal immigration is bad, voters support a wide variety of measures to reduce illegal immigration.

A national survey found that 66% support having the U.S. military defend the southern border of the U.S.; 66% support strict punishment for landlords that knowingly rent apartments to illegal immigrants; 65% support strict punishment for companies that knowingly hire illegal immigrants; and 64% support cutting off federal funding for cities that refuse to co-operate with federal immigration officials.

Additionally, to help speed up the application process for people trying to enter the U.S. legally, 66% support having the federal government hire more workers at border entry points.

A smaller majority (53%) favor building a wall along the nation’s southern border. Thirty-three percent (33%) strongly favor building a wall while 30% are strongly opposed. On all of the other measures asked about in the survey, strong support significantly outweighs strong opposition (see question wording and crosstab results).

The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted November 1-2, 2018 by 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.

Data released earlier showed that 50% of voters nationwide believe that a child born in the United States to an illegal immigrant should be considered a U.S. citizen. However, if a pregnant woman enters the country illegally and has her child, just 38% believe she should be allowed to remain in the country after giving birth. Additionally, among all voters, just 21% believe the new mother’s relatives should be allowed to enter the United States.

Overall, 77% believe that our immigration system should prioritize people with skills that could benefit the economy rather than granting legal status to people with relatives in the United States. That view is shared across partisan and demographic lines.

Underlying these attitudes is a strong belief among voters that legal immigration is good for the country while illegal immigration is bad. Such attitudes acknowledge that we are both a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws.

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