Majority of Americans want path to citizenship; only 10% favor legalization without citizenship. Asked about policy options for undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S., 56% say that the undocumented should be allowed to stay in the United States and eventually apply for U.S. citizenship. Thirty percent believe that all undocumented immigrants should be required to leave, [...]
Public Polling On Immigration Reform
From January 30th-February 3rd, 2013, Langer Research Associates conducted a poll of 1,038 adults for the Washington Post and ABC News. The poll has a margin of error of +/-3.5%. A majority of Americans favor a path to citizenship. 55 percent of respondents said they supported a path to citizenship for the undocumented, while 41 percent [...]
Over 60% of voters support a path to citizenship. 64% of voters nationally think illegal immigrants should be given a chance to apply for legal citizenship, compared to only 27% who think they should be deported back to their home countries. This includes a majority of white voters and a plurality of Republicans. Over two thirds of [...]
A majority of Americans think the government should focus on a pathway to legal status for the undocumented, not on deporting them. When asked whether the focus of the federal government should be on providing undocumented immigrants with a pathway to legal status or deporting them and preventing others from coming into the country, 53% said providing a path to legal status should be the government's top priority, while 43% said deporting the undocumented should be.
Almost four out of five voters said they support a system that requires immigrants to pay taxes, holds employers accountable for hiring legal workers and prevents them from exploiting immigrant labor, improves border security and ensures that undocumented immigrants have a chance to work towards citizenship.
When asked "what government policy should be toward illegal immigrants currently in the United States," 66% of voters said that the government should allow them to remain in the country and pursue citizenship if they meet certain requirements. Seventeen percent of voters said the government should send all "illegal" immigrants back to their home countries, and 13% said it should institute a guest-worker program.