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Americans’ Views on Illegal Immigration

Americans’ Views on Illegal Immigration

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CBS NEWS POLLFor release: Monday, January 28, 20136:30 pm ET
Americans’ Views on
Illegal Immigration
January 24-27, 2013 As a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators prepares to announce an agreement in principle onimmigration reform, most Americans think illegal immigrants currently working in the UnitedStates should be allowed to stay either as guest workers or with the opportunity to become U.S.citizens. A slim majority - 51% - thinks illegal immigrants working in the U.S. should be able to stay andapply for citizenship; another 20% say they should stay but only as guest workers. A quarter of  Americans think illegal immigrants now working here should be required to leave the country.Nearly two in three Democrats support giving illegal immigrants the chance to stay and apply for citizenship, compared to a third of Republicans who back that approach. A majority of non-whites (67%) back citizenship for illegal immigrants working in the U.S., while fewer than half of whites (46%) support that. Younger Americans are also more likely than those who are older tothink illegal immigrants working in the U.S. should be allowed to apply for citizenship.
What Should Happen to Illegal Immigrants Working in the U.S.?
Total Reps Dems IndsStay and apply for citizenship 51% 35% 66% 47%Stay as guest workers 20 25 17 20Leave the U.S. 24 36 13 27The percentage of Americans overall who would like to see illegal immigrants stay in the U.S.with the opportunity to become citizens is similar to what it was last fall, but it has risen 14 pointssince September 2011. Back then, 38% said illegal immigrants working in the U.S. should berequired to leave the country.Support for giving illegal immigrants the opportunity to become citizens has risen among manydemographic groups since 2011, even across party lines. Among Democrats, support has goneup 15 points since September 2011. Republican support has risen from 24% to 35% now.
What Should Happen to Illegal Immigrants Working in the U.S.?
Now 12/2012 10/2012 2/2012 9/2011 4/2010Stay & apply for citizenship 51% 47% 51% 42% 37% 43%Stay as guest workers 20 24 20 22 20 21Leave the U.S. 24 27 24 30 38 32 ______________________________________________________________________ 
This poll was conducted by telephone from January 24-27, 2013 among 1,052 adults nationwide.Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus three percentage points. The error for subgroups may behigher. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

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