Poll: Divide on Immigration Makes Necessary Reforms Hard

Originally published by: Pew Research CenterJune 4, 2015

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Most Support Path to Legal Status for Undocumented Immigrants in U.S.

Most Americans continue to support legal status for undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. according to a survey done in May by the Pew Research Center. The survey of 2,002 American adults determined that of the 72% in favor, 42% of the public believes immigrants should be allowed to apply for citizenship, and 26% think immigrants should only be able to apply for permanent residency.

However, other opinions about immigration are still divided—about half (51%) say immigrants today strengthen the country because of their hard work and talents, while 41% say immigrants are a burden because they take jobs, housing and health care. The share saying that immigrants strengthen the country has declined six percentage points since last year.

A majority of Americans support legal status for immigrants regardless of political affiliation, but only 27% of Republicans believe immigrants strengthen the country compared to 62% of Democrats and 57% of independents.  

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