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Catholic Opinions on the Morality of Immigration Reform

Catholic Opinions on the Morality of Immigration Reform

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The moral arguments on immigration that Members of Congress are hearing from Catholic bishops this month are not the ones that most Catholic voters believe are the most important issues in immigration policy, according to polling by Pulse Opinion Research of 4,967 Catholic likely voters in 26 politically competitive states.

Polling of Catholic voter moral opinions about immigration suggests that Catholic bishops face a tough task in their announced effort this month to persuade parishioners to urge the U.S. House to pass the Senate's immigration bill that would legalize an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants and double the flow of new legal immigration in the first decade.

It isn't that Catholic voters disagree on the importance of morality in immigration policy, but that they believe the highest moral responsibility is protecting vulnerable American workers.
The moral arguments on immigration that Members of Congress are hearing from Catholic bishops this month are not the ones that most Catholic voters believe are the most important issues in immigration policy, according to polling by Pulse Opinion Research of 4,967 Catholic likely voters in 26 politically competitive states.

Polling of Catholic voter moral opinions about immigration suggests that Catholic bishops face a tough task in their announced effort this month to persuade parishioners to urge the U.S. House to pass the Senate's immigration bill that would legalize an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants and double the flow of new legal immigration in the first decade.

It isn't that Catholic voters disagree on the importance of morality in immigration policy, but that they believe the highest moral responsibility is protecting vulnerable American workers.

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Published by: NumbersUSA on Sep 17, 2013
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PULSE OPINION RESEARCHCATHOLIC Voter Opinions on Immigration
Survey of 4,967 Catholic Likely Voters in Politically Competitive States
Conducted during 2013 Senate immigration debate
NOTE:
Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 1.4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence
1* The government reports that 20 million Americans who want a full-time job cannotfind one. Over the next two years how would you rate their prospects of getting a job…excellent, good, fair or poor?5% Excellent22% Good35% Fair 35% Poor 3% Not sure2* Congress is considering a bill to give work permits to an estimated 7 million illegalimmigrant workers. Do you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose the work permits?11% You strongly support work permits21% Somewhat support21% Somewhat oppose44% Strongly oppose3% Not sureGROUPING: 33% Support65% OpposeINTENSITY: 11% Strongly support44% Strongly oppose3* (Answered only by the 1596 Likely Voters Who Support Work Permits) Do yousupport giving work permits to nearly all illegal immigrants, most of them, or some of them?28% Nearly all36% Most31% Some4% Not sure
 
4* Do you believe less educated illegal immigrants compete with less-educatedAmericans for construction, manufacturing, hospitality and other service jobs?67% Yes22% No10% Not sure5* How much moral responsibility do you feel Congress has to help protect the ability of current illegal immigrants to hold a job and support their families without fear of deportation: a lot, some, very little or none?14% A lot27% Some26% Very little28% None6% Not sureINTENSITY: 14% A lot28% None6* How much moral responsibility do you feel Congress has to help protect unemployedor low-wage Americans from having to compete with foreign workers for U.S. jobs: Alot, some, very little or none?48% A lot31% Some12% Very little7% None2% Not sureINTENSITY: 48% A lot7% None7* In recent years, the government has issued permanent green cards to approximately 1million new immigrants each year. Is this number too high, too low or about right?48% Too high9% Too low31% About right12% Not sure
 
8* Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree thatthe United States is faced with labor shortages and needs more immigrant workers?5% Strongly agree17% Somewhat agree29% Somewhat disagree42% Strongly disagree7% Not sureGROUPING: 22% Agree71% DisagreeINTENSITY: 5% Strongly agree42% Strongly disagree9* On the issue of fighting illegal immigration, is the government doing too much, notenough or about the right amount?9% Too much67% Not enough17% About the right amount8% Not sure10*
 
SOME in Congress propose work permits for illegal immigrants first, followed by 10years of implementing border and workplace enforcement to stop future flows of illegalworkers. OTHERS in Congress say full enforcement at the borders and workplace must be implemented first and then the work permits can be considered. Which do you prefer 
 
for dealing with the illegal immigrants?21% Work permits first, followed by 10 years of implementing enforcement68% Full enforcement first, before considering work permits11% Not sure11* Are you more likely to vote for a political party that supports enforcing immigrationlaws first or that supports legalizing illegal immigrants first?69% A political party that supports enforcing immigration laws first19% A political party that supports legalizing illegal immigrants first15% Not sure

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