More Americans Agree with Democrats on Immigration

A new Gallup poll suggests more Americans agree with Democratic views on immigration reform.

Forty eight percent of U.S. adults say their views on immigration align closely with the Democratic party versus 36 percent of U.S. adults who said their views align closely with the Republican party.

Gallup conducted the survey on 4,373 adults by phone from June 13 to July 5.

During the survey, Gallup asked their participants to align their views on specific immigration reform proposals:

Democratic Views

Republican Views

%

%

When asked whether they were in favor of expanding the number of short-term visas for immigrants with necessary job skill

52

34

When asked if they are in favor of a path to citizenship for the undocumented

51

34

When asked if they agree employers should be required to use Everify

45

39

When asked if in favor of increasing U.S. border security

44

41

 

The numbers varied depending on the race and ethnic background of the Americans surveyed:

  • Among the non-Hispanic whites surveyed, the percentages were even: 41 percent align with the views of Democrats and 42 percent with the views of Republicans.
  • Among the Hispanics surveyed, there was a large gap: 60 percent align with the views of Democrats and 26 percent with the views of Republicans.
  • And among non-Hispanic African Americans, there was an even larger gap: 70 percent align with the views of Democrats and 14 percent with the views of Republicans.

The Republican party strategists know that passing comprehensive immigration reform will help them gain some of the Hispanic vote. However, this survey suggests that they have to try to gain approval from all Americans, not just Hispanics.

 

More on Immigration Reform:

  • Immigration Reform 2013
  • Gang of 8
  • Earned Citizenship
  • Streamlining Immigration
  • Strengthening Border Security
  • More Accountability for Employers Hiring Undocumented Immigrants